book review

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 384

Genre: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense

Rating: 4/5

This book follows Rowan, who interviews and then becomes the live in nanny for three (potentially four with the oldest daughter at boarding school) young girls who live in a state of the art smart house in basically the middle of nowhere in Scotland. This is by far the best Ruth Ware book that she has written. I have yet to read her debut but I have read her three other books and wow does she just keep getting better and better. This was gothic, creepy, disturbing and spooky. I read a lot of thrillers and I don’t shy away from horror and there were definitely a few times I was creeped out reading this.

The characters all felt realistic to me even though I didn’t particularly like any of them. You go into the story knowing that one of the girls that Rowan is watching died in her care and she is writing to a lawyer from prison to tell her side of the story in the hopes that he will take her case. That plus the creepy smart house that she is living in with the girls really helped to amp up the suspense of this book. Honestly, if I was Rowan I would have run out of that house and never looked back.

After I finished this book I was really blown away by how well rounded this story was. When I first read the ending I wasn’t too sure how I felt about it but the more I think about it the more I realize it really is the perfect ending. I still think it fell a little flat compared to the high suspense that I felt during the rest of the book, especially the closer we got to the ending.

If you are in the mood for a fantastic thriller with a superb setting then I highly recommend this book to you. The Turn of the Key is the perfect October read and I can’t wait to read whatever Ruth Ware comes out with next year. If you liked this book than I suggest you give Lock Every Door by Riley Sager a try because this is another gothic thriller that recently came out.


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