The Turn of the Key Book Review

The Turn of the Key Book Review

Title: The Turn of the Key
Author: Ruth Ware
Published: August 8, 2019, Harvill Secker
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $16.76 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

The Turn of the Key, by bestselling author Ruth Ware grabs readers in the first chapter of the book where protagonist Rowan Caine is ecstatic when she learns that she got the job as a live-in Nanny at a gorgeous “smart” home in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. She will be watching three beautiful girls, Maddie (8), Ellie (5), and Petra (18 months) Elincourt, and the parents, Bill and Sandra Elincourt are willing to pay a huge salary for the job. What she doesn’t know is that things are not as they appear, and the scenarios are revealed to the reader in the form of letters Rowan is writing from prison to an attorney, Mr. Wrexham; Rowan is trying to convince him to represent her for the murder of one of the girls. Rowan’s live-in nanny experience becomes a nightmare, to say the least, and is a key to the psychological drama waiting to unfold.

Ruth Ware is a bestselling English author with a very distinct style, and has been compared to Agatha Christie because of it. Her expertise in telling a story is amazing, and with the charm of the British atmosphere and surroundings she weaves into the novel, the book becomes unputdownable. Another of Ruth Ware’s strengths is her ability to develop her characters. The characters seem like real people, and not some fictional characters living in a make-believe world. In fact, most readers will be able to relate to the characters and most likely know similar people in their real lives.

Suspense starts to build early on, and continues to the very unexpected dénouement. There are multiple twists in the novel, as well as multiple surprises at the end. Ruth Ware fans will definitely love this novel, and those who have not discovered her will learn that they have a new favorite author that is not to be missed. Highly Recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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