Book review: The Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware
Published by Harvill Secker

Synopsis: When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences by a picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…

How did this book end up in my hands? I read a serialisation of this novel via The Pigeonhole app.

Was it a page-turner? Definitely. I could hardly wait to read on. I love book serialisations but the wait is especially tough at times!

Did the book meet my expectations? Yes, it did. I loved the letter format and I loved being kept on my toes, even if I had to check what was behind me quite a few times while reading. Sufficiently spooky to make your rational mind take a step back and leave other, more supernatural, possibilities open. And the ending… oh, that ending… brilliant!

Three words to describe it. Creepy. Unsettling. Unpredictable.

Do I like the cover? Not my favourite but it does set the scene quite nicely.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, but there some good titles in her bibliography so I’m sure I will.


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