Review of Ruth Ware’s The Turn of The Key

 

The Turn of The Key delivers stellar characters, a twisted plot, and a vivid setting; consistent with the suspenseful writing reputation of Ruth Ware. Each character is alive to the extent that I can’t release them after that final page. Even the hauntings within the house behind that key thrive in my imagination.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rowan relives her story behind bars, blamed for murder. It all went wrong when Rowen answered a job posting for a live-in nanny in Scotland, an absolute dream position that would rescue her from hum-drum work at a day care in London.

The interview revealed an exquisite old Victorian that boasted state of the art technology throughout the living quarters and a remote location amongst lush hillsides.

The job offer is an instant thrill that quickly turns sour after Rowan finds a dark history spanning decades in the house and grounds. Her little charges turn out to be less than accommodating while her employers throw her off by leaving her alone with all four children, surveillance cameras and speaker systems galore. Unexplained noises and events quickly lead Rowan to understand why all the other nannies fled their post. This thriller is one you will not forget.

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