ARC Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 352 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
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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.


Unlike many of the reviews I actually really enjoyed this a point.  I was immediately sucked in trying to figure out what child was killed, how they were killed and who may have done it if it wasn't Rowan.  The writing is a little strange since it is supposed to be Rowan writing to a solicitor and telling her story, however you often forget its a letter until Ware pops in something about who the letter is to which is slightly distracting but still didn't take away from the story.  Overall I was thoroughly engrossed in this mystery trying to figure things out as I usually do, then bam it ends.  Just like that.  No real ending.  I have no real clear cut answer as to what happened to Rowan. I feel very unsatisfied and a little angry that I'm left in limbo just guessing at what may have happened.

I wish I could recommend this book because I really like the author but the ending was so disappointing that I just can't knowingly put anyone else through that.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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