Thank you Gallery/Scout Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read the digital ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Published – August 6th, 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
Genre: Suspense Thriller
“Dear Mr. Wrexham, Please help me. I didn’t kill anyone”
– Wanted: Large family seeks experienced live-in nanny –
It all started with the advert. Rowan Caine responds to the Elincourt’s cry for help with their four children, and their smart home, the Heatherbrae house. Location – the Highlands. It almost seems too good to be true with the offer of £55,000 annually, accessibility to a car, and eight weeks of holiday a year. All applications are given to Sandra and Bill Elincourt in Carn Bridge.
Lets just say that she struggled a lot more than she expected to. There were cameras all around the house, the technology in the house didn’t run smoothly, she heard creaking of footsteps at night, the children didn’t listen to her, and she was left for weeks at a time without Sandra and Bill being there. She was stuck with the handyman, Jack Grant, and Jean McKenzie. The end result is a dead child and the lies she told to get this job.
Current day – Rowan has since been incarcerated at the the Scottish women’s prison HMP Charnworth. She is writing letters to a lawyer, Mr. Wrexham, to prove that she didn’t kill the kid.
Disclaimer: Death and cheating
I was very hesitant to pick this one up because I picked up a previous novel years ago, and I never finished it. My reading taste has changed since then, so I may go back and try again. I enjoy a good psychological thriller. I tend to enjoy those more when they’re done right. Most of the time the endings are too far-fetched.
Characters | Everyone in this novel has a secret, and it was hard for me to tell what they were. I also can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. If you have read it and want a few spoilers, then go check out my Goodreads review.
I was unsure if I wanted to believe Rowan because she seemed a little psycho to begin with. You catch a lot of glimpses of the violent side of her. It’s so hard to talk about the characters in this book because it is such a character heavy story.
I can tell you that I hated Jack from the beginning. He was always conveniently there when things went wrong. He also annoyed me, but he managed to not piss me off as much as Bill did. Bill is scum. Scum of the Earth.
The younger children knew how to creep me out, except for Petra, and the oldest daughter annoyed me. I guess that’s what you tend to get from parents like Sandra and Bill. Parents who leave their kids with nannies they barely even know.
Story | I have never read The Turn of the Screw, so I can’t tell you if it’s similar. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the story is going to blow your mind, but I will tell you that it was well executed. The story doesn’t have to blow my mind as long as it’s executed correctly.
The death of the child was a bit sad, and terrifying. I have been watching Breaking Bad, and every time a child is killed, I almost cry. It was the same with this book. I’m just very emotional right now, I guess. This is just one of many perks of being a very hormonal 22-year old female. *Makes peace sign with fingers.*
Writing | I think that Ware is a good writer. The story had a flow to it that I always look for in any novel I’m reading. She just has a way with words, I guess. I would be interested in picking up her other works just for that reason. It’s not too complicated, but not too simple either. Very atmospheric.
Overall | I could probably read this again, even though I know the twists. It gave me the level of creepiness that I went into it looking for. It had good twists that I never even imagined. I’d say that it is a successful thriller! If that is what you are looking for, then pick it up!
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