book review

The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware


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…

Told completely from Rowan’s POV as she writes a letter asking for help from a solicitor while she’s in prison. She is telling the story of how she got her job as a nanny in a smart house in the Scottish Highlands and how she is innocent of murder.

This book is nothing short of excellent! The setting, the characters, the story, the twists. It is all excellent! The fact that this whole story is told by someone writing a letter and you manage to forget is an indicator of how engrossing this story is. This book pulls you in and does not want to let you go. Just when you think you know what it’s about and you think you understand the story it takes you into a completely different direction.

The feeling of being alone/not alone is one of my favourite settings and add that to feeling alone and isolated and, for me, you’re on to a winner.

I didn’t see anything coming it was all an absolute surprise. I completely lost my self in this book and found myself fully immersed in Rowan’s story and wanting to know exactly what happened to the child in her care.

This was my first Ruth Ware book but I will definitely be trying one of her past novels!

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