The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware | @RuthWareWriter @HarvillSecker | #20BooksofSummer

Author : Ruth Ware
Title : The Turn of the Key
Pages : 340
Publisher : Harvill Secker
Publication date : August 8, 2019


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.


Ruth Ware’s previous book, The Death of Mrs Westaway, was one of my top books last year. So to say I had high expectations for her next offering would be somewhat of an understatement. I couldn’t wait to pick up The Turn of the Key and as soon as I started reading, I just knew this one was going to be another extra special treat.

Rowan Caine answered an ad for a nanny position in the Scottish Highlands. But it’s obvious from the start that things did not go well. A child is dead and Rowan is in prison awaiting trial for murder. What on earth happened and how did Rowan get here?

Oh, what a twisted tale this is. I feel like I didn’t breathe for 340 pages, it’s that tense. The modern gadgetry alone already freaked me out, never mind all the shenanigans that could possibly be caused by ghosts because hey, isolated house in a remote location where a death or two has occurred , it’s bound to be haunted, right? Hugely atmospheric? Check! I mean, there’s even a poison garden! Yikes! And what of Rowan? Reliable narrator or not? I couldn’t quite decide for most of the story and yet, at every turn, I found myself firmly on her side.

Creepy and chilling throughout, I couldn’t at all figure out what had happened and the conclusion left me reeling. Or at least my interpretation of it, which obviously means you should read this novel right now so we can discuss it! Wow. I mean, really, just WOW. I absolutely devoured this novel and as tends to happen with books I loved as much as this one, the words to describe my experience with it just will not come. Also because I’m way too worried I’ll give anything away.

Brilliantly written, immensely engrossing, extremely addictive …. WOW! 😉 This is most definitely Ruth Ware at her best and I honestly can’t believe I’m saying this, because did I mention how utterly brilliant The Death of Mrs Westaway was? The Turn of the Key, you guys, is even better and it shoots right up my list of favourite books of the year! I’ll be recommending this one left, right and centre until I’m blue in the face and I am already eagerly awaiting Ruth Ware’s next book.

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Book 17 from my 20 Books of Summer list.

  16 comments for “The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware | @RuthWareWriter @HarvillSecker | #20BooksofSummer

  1. August 24, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Oh I just love it when you’re gushing and recommending until you’re blue in the face 😂 And even more so when I’m gushing and turning blue right there beside you 😂

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 24, 2019 at 10:19 am

      🤣🤣 I was going to say we could be The Smurfettes but that doesn’t sound nearly as cool as I imagined it would 🤔

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 24, 2019 at 11:24 am

        It shows our age more than anything else I think 😂


  2. August 24, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I guess that’s another for my list then 😂Fab review!


  3. August 24, 2019 at 11:55 am

    On my shelf, Eva! Great review💜


  4. August 24, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Great review! I think The Turn of the Key is Ruth Ware’s best so far and I know what you mean about the ending….


  5. August 24, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Looking forward to reading this one, I loved Mrs Westaway too!


  6. August 24, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Wow amazing gush fest! 😂😂😂


  7. August 24, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Fab review! I was considering spending my audible credit on this and now I absolutely must!


  8. August 24, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Super review and I can see how much you loved it. Can’t help it, I think I need to read Mrs. Westaway for comparison.


  9. August 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Excellent review, Eva. I certainly can’t wait to read this one!


  10. Yvo
    August 25, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Wait, it’s even better than The Death Of Mrs. Westaway??? I need to get a copy ASAP! Fab review. xx


  11. August 25, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Wonderful review, I just finished Mrs. Westaway, now I need to get this one.


  12. August 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Great review! You have (almost) convinced me, I have to read this 😉


  13. August 25, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    So did you like it then? 😂 I just finished it this afternoon, but you’ll have to wait for my review to find out whether I agree… *cackles mysteriously*


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