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Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I have become quite skeptical lately of reading overly hyped booked from social media, but but BUT, I was not disappointed with this one! I also realised I now totally do NOT want a smart house!

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Genre: Psychological thriller

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this one before rushing into writing the review, so here I am, a few days later, and this book is still playing on my mind!This book was SO good. It really put the THRILL into Thriller! The book is told via a letter to a lawyer begging for help by nanny, Rowen. 

The first half focused on ‘painting the scene’ and was a bit slower paced, but I did enjoy the gradual reveal of the story, piece by piece and the character development of not just Rowen, but the children she was looking after, as well as Jack, the ‘handy-man’. The latter half of the book was a lot more fast paced, and I mistakenly read this late at night – whilst staying in a room with its own attic closet – RIGHT. BY . MY. BED. Freaked out would be an understatement! It constantly had me questioning what was paranormal/Rowen’s sanity and what was real. If you’re looking for a spooky, suspenseful twisty thriller, then look no further, you MUST read The Turn of the Key.

Dear Mr Wrexham, I know you don’t know me, but please. Please, please, you have to help me.


When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences by a 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 her in cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…


+ The character development through the form of the letters was fantastic. Rowen’s character really came to life for me!

+ The injections of humour from Rowen’s thoughts

+ The twists and the guessing games throughout


– First part was somewhat slower

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