Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this 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 herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.
It was everything.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
About: The Turn of the Key is a mystery thriller written by Ruth Ware. It will be published on 8/6/2019 by Scout Press from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Scout Press is a new literary imprint dedicated to being on the lookout for modern storytellers. A scout is always on the front line — the first to see what is on the horizon; what is coming next. We publish ambitious, conversation-starting novelists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary fiction while also creating books that will stand the test of time.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Turn of the Key on 7/24/2019 and finished it on 7/29/2019 at 2:30am. This book is a good read, though more towards the end than the beginning. The beginning had me wondering if it was the author’s writing that doesn’t make sense or the character that the author tried to create. Though the author has published many books, it’s my first time to read from this author and I don’t know what to expect. It was hard for me to get into the story with the character being all over the places and not making much sense. Furthermore, all that smart house and interior designs talk is a bit dull to read. However, I like it when the first twist came to life and then the second and finally the ending. I didn’t see that coming and it was a good change.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Rowan, a nanny claiming that she’s innocent. She’s currently in jail awaiting trial and is writing to Mr. Wrexham, a potential lawyer to defend her because she doesn’t like Mr. Grant, who was appointed to her. This story is told in a letter format from Rowan to a potential lawyer so there’s no chapter title. Rowan explained how she saw an ad for a nanny position and applied. Went to the house to interview and got warned by an older daughter, Maddie, to stay away. Rowan is made to believe the house was haunted and learned that there were other nannies that came and went before her. What Rowan discovered for herself is beyond the warnings she received.
The Turn of the Key is a bit of a ghost story read and it got me scared a bit here and there. Majority, I don’t really like the main character, Rowan, much but at other times I like her for being brave and how her anger gives her the strengths to face her fears. I like Ellie and that acorn technology that she uses but as for the technology for the house, not so much. I’m glad for the few twists near the end otherwise this book will have a tough time holding my attention. Reading this book is another realization of how tough being a live-in nanny is, especially to 4 kids far apart in age and 2 dogs. If you enjoy a slow paced mystery, I do recommend you to read this book because the twists are well worth the wait.
Pro: live-in nanny, twists, secrets, sisters, parenting, ghost story
Con: slow paced
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 The New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; and The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter. (Photo and info obtained from Scout Press’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scout Press Books/Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.