• Rachel Penate

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


★★★★.5⁣⁣ (Standard)

★★★★ ⁣⁣ (Mama Scale)


When Rowan discovers a nannying job in the woodlands of Scotland that could change her life for good, she jumps at the opportunity with little more than hope for her future. Little did she realize how terribly wrong that prediction could turn out to be.


ABSOLUTELY, HANDS DOWN, Ruth Ware's best yet!! If you haven't read any of her books, start here! If you have, keep reading, THE TURN OF THE KEY is what I think to be her golden jewel.

WHAT I LOVED: This book was creepy. In that really good, think it's going to totally take-it-too-far-but-really-doesn't kind of way. Just the riiiight amount of suspense. It was so good that I literally had to put down this book while my husband was out of town because Yo Girl Can't Hang. Ware brilliantly crafted a story that offered original concepts — Uhhh poison garden!? whaa!? — while also offering those classic elements of thriller that keep you frantically turning every. single. page. cause what in the world is even going on!? Ware's thrillers have always fallen flat for me (some more than others) in regards to the resolve, sometimes it's felt like her strength has only been in the build, BUT, THIS ENDING! Oh my gosh. So unexpected.

Also, very much loved the smart house tie-in. Had many a "Smart House" flashbacks while reading. Any other 90's babes remember that Disney Channel gem?

WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE: The letter format. It started out strong, and I really loved the concept, but the idea of a 400 pg. letter is a bit unrealistic. It felt forced at times, but in the end really didn't deter from the overall experience of the book.

Overall, a Ruth Ware keeper.


For sure! A thriller that will keep ya guessing all the way until the end.

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