Book Review: Turn Of The Key

If any of you follow my Youtube channel then you know my feelings about this book already. It may have been featured on my Worst Books of 2020 list. But this time, I read Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.

Synopsis: 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.

This book was alright. It had some creepy parts to it that I liked (for example, the full glass walled kitchen) but it wasn’t as thrilling as I was hoping it would be. I was going into it with the impression that it was going to blow me away and I would be freaked out based on what I had heard about the book so I think my expectations were too high for it.

I found the setting to be very pleasant and the house that she was nannying at was pretty cool. The way it was written was really nice and I think I would like to try other Ruth Ware books. This one may have not been my favourite but I think she tells a story well and I am sure I will like one of her other books a lot more.

The book definitely did make me feel for the main character though and all the stresses that come along with being a caregiver to children. I did not envy her one bit as it seemed like she barely had time to even sleep.

I think that if you want a thriller that is not too intense, then this would be a good one for you.

Book Rating: 3/5

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Disclaimer: I read this book because I wanted to and was in no way compensated for my review.

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