!!> PDF / Epub ☉ The Turn of The Key ✩ Author Ruth Ware – Metalstampedmemories.info
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Superb Suspense Writer Brava, Ruth Ware I Daresay Even Henry James Would Be Impressed Maureen Corrigan, Author Of So We Read On This Appropriately Twisty Turn Of The Screw Update Finds The Woman In Cabin Author In Her Most Menacing Mode, Unfurling A Shocking Saga Of Murder And Deception Entertainment Weekly From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Lying Game And The Death Of Mrs Westaway Comes This Thrilling Novel That Explores The Dark Side Of Technology 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 Events That Led To Her Incarceration It Wasn T Just The Constant Surveillance From The Home S Cameras, 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 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 Innoent, By Any Means But, She Maintains, She S Not Guilty At Least Not Of Murder But Somebody Is Full Of Spellbinding Menace And Told In Ruth Ware S Signature Suspenseful Style, The Turn Of The Key Is An Unputdownable Thriller From The Agatha Christie Of Our Time not gonna lie, I kinda hated it It s just that I struggled to finish it, because it was uninteresting, at least for me I waited and waited for the part that would freak me out but it didn t come at all And the twist, well kind of surprising, but it just didn t lead the story anywhere It was like, here s the twist, do whatever you want with that info I am quite inexperienced with thrillers, maybe this is how they usually go, however I was not pleased with this The audiobook was quite well made, I ll give you that, because I don t think I would have finished it in paper form I fell asleep while reading 2 nights in a row Thrillers Aren t they supposed to keep you awake from the thrill I am telling you the truth The unvarnished, ugly truth And it is all that It is unpolished and unpleasant, and I don t pretend I acted like an angel But I didn t kill anyone I just fucking didn t. This wasn t bad, but it was nowhere near as good as I was expecting from an author like Ruth Ware The protagonist, Rowan Caine, stumbles upon an opportunity that she considers amazing and I would consider an absolute nightmare a live in nanny to four children, including one baby and one bratty teenager On top of this, she s staying in the high tech Heatherbrae House a refurbished smart home with constant surveillance, voice activated lights, and an app to go with it.Unlike Rowan, I think this sounds like a horror story And, honestly, I found the book to be at its strongest when it is drawing on creepy horror tropes like creaking footsteps in the attic, objects going missing and reappearing where the MC knows she already looked, and freaky dolls The atmosphere is quite good and it would make for a somewhat spooky Halloween read The combination of nightmare children, a malfunctioning house that seems haunted, and the hunky but suspicious handyman kept me reading.I also liked how Ware framed the story within a letter to a solicitor It worked so well that I m surprised I haven t read books that have done this before that I recall.But it just wasn t very strong as a mystery, in my opinion The culprit can be guessed pretty easily this really isn t a surprising reveal any and it irked me how it doesn t make sense for Rowan to withhold the identity of the dead child, though of course she does so because once we know who it is, it removes any doubt as to who the killer must be The author also dropped a lot of heavy handed hints about view spoiler Rowan not being who she says she is hide spoiler A nanny in jail accused of murdering one of the children in her care This is her story When Rowan, a young nanny who lives in London, comes across for an ad seeking a nanny to live in a remote area of Scotland, it sounds too good to be true The pay is high, the house is beautiful, and the family seems lovely She is warned that previous nannies have quit due to the house being haunted Rowan doesn t believe in ghosts, so she pays no heed to the warning She is hired for the position and packs up her life in London and moves to remote Scotland But what is beautiful on the surface is hiding deep dark secrets.One of my favorite things about The Turn of the Key is the house which is named Heatherbrae Equipped with state of the art technology the whole house runs off an app , it takes on a life of its own Juxtaposed with Victorian architecture and Gothic feel, Heatherbrae adds another layer to The Turn of the Key.The Turn of the Keyis told only through Rowan s eyes, as she shares what led to her arrest through a series of letters to a solicitor Rowan is an unreliable narrator and the reader must contend with a lot of telling While this type of narrative style usually irks me, I found that it works in this case as Rowan provides a detailed account of her time at Heatherbrae One just needs to continue to question whether or not her version of events is accurate.There are some twists as well some red herrings thrown in for good measure I guessed many of the smaller twists, but I completely missed the most significant twist And I was looking for it Sadly, my detective skills failed This twist added an additional layer and made me want to reread from the beginning The ending felt a bit rushed and I could have done without the final letter I would rather have been left guessing than be told a less than satisfying conclusion to Rowan s story Overall, this is an atmospheric, slower paced psychological thriller with some intriguing twists and turns I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Creepy, suspenseful, mysterious THE TURN OF THE KEY by RUTH WARE is a compelling, dark, twisted, and haunting mystery thriller that immediately sucked me in and had me totally absorbed within this tale.Right from the very start there is this intense sense of foreboding that definitely makes this quite the gripping book to read..it is a slow burn and the intensity level slowly increases as the story progresses I absolutely loved the creepy modern gothic vibe going on here and RUTH WARE definitely knows how to deliver an atmospheric, vivid, and hair raising suspenseful novel that I found to be quite appealing, enjoyable and entertaining.My only real gripe here that I have though is that I don t always feel that she follows through with some aspects to the storyline Not sure if she knowingly doesn t follow through with some things or if it is part of her signature technique to be a little bit vague I ve noticed this style of writing in almost all of her books and sometimes it has bothered me and others not so much This one it didn t bother me as much.I absolutely loved the format of this novel which was written in an epistolary format letters The tone was set right at the very beginning and I thought it followed through right to the very end I also thought RUTH WARE did a fabulous job with the creepy sounds and the ominous atmosphere with the setting of Heatherbrae House I was a little bit freaked out and scared which definitely left me a little on edge while I was reading certain scenes Norma s Stats Cover Intriguing, ghostly, suspenseful, ominous and an extremely fitting representation to storyline I have an absolute love for Ruth Ware cover designs Title I was immediately intrigued by the title of this book and definitely enticed me to read this book Writing Prose Haunting, engaging, vividly descriptive, and readable.Plot Suspenseful, appealing, eerie, menacing, gripping, perfectly paced, absorbing, ominous, enjoyable and entertaining.Ending A cryptic and satisfying resolution Overall I was immediately interested in this tale and thoroughly enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery, the characters and the storyline So far this is my favourite book by Ruth Ware Would highly recommend Thank you so much to Simon Schuster Canada and Ruth Ware for gifting me an advance copy of this book.This review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog In the beginning of the book, Rowan is writing a letter to Mr Wexham, begging for him to help her She tells him that she is innocent of a crime of murder that she did not commit and that she needs his assistance with her trial that is coming up soon He is a lawyer and she wants him to prove her innocence.There is an old house located in a remote area in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands Rowan becomes a nanny for a family of three children in this creepy estate The house has a haunted past Other nannies left and the family has a hard time keeping nannies The house has everything that you can imagine and Rowan is getting paid very well It is a smart house with different technology and it has creepy noises in the night Dark and disturbing events happen in this house The parents leave Rowan alone with their children in this estate What Rowan doesn t know is that she is stepping into a nightmare There are cameras installed in the house and she is having a difficult time and she knows that she has made some mistakes There is something about a Ruth Ware book that makes me excited to read it I loved The Death of Mrs Castaway and I knew that I would love this one once I opened the book This is gothic suspense, a mystery, and a thriller It is so creepy I loved the gothic atmosphere and it s elements The book was quite addicting It was totally gripping, especially if you like gothic suspense like me It is so haunting I didn t see the twists coming and it had a couple of jaw dropping moments and I loved them I kept guessing till the very end I thought the characters were developed well and it was very well written The ending was so surprising This was a Traveling Sister read I want to thank Edelweiss, Simon Schuster and Ruth Ware for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Available Now This is Ruth Ware s latest offering, a chiller of a psychological thriller with its central protagonist, 24 year old Rowan Caine working in childcare in London She is looking for another post when she come across an incredible job as a live in Nanny for the Elincourt family, the parents Bill and Sandra are architects, living in the remote Scottish Highlands, and the pay for the post is unbelievable If there is one thing you should beware of, it is that if a job sounds to be too good to be true, then it is, something Rowan is to discover to her cost At her weekend interview, young Maddie warns Rowan to not take the job, and it seems other nannies employed have left abruptly The Elincourts have four children from 18 months to 14 years old, a heavy burden of responsibility for Rowan, especially as she is left almost immediately as their sole carer with the parents travelling so often, and it is no exaggeration to say that they are a real handful.Heatherbrae House itself is a jarring blend of Victorian with all the tech that makes it a smart home, with cameras everywhere and a handy man, Jack, is employed Strange and eerie happenings create a creepy, menacing and ghostly atmosphere within Heatherbrae, and a litany of incidents culminate in the murder of a child Rowan is languishing in prison awaiting her trial for the murder, concerned with her legal representation, and writing a letter to a solicitor, Mr Wrexham, proclaiming her innocence of the crime she has been charged with and laying out the circumstances which have led to her present ghastly predicament She admits to not always being the perfect nanny and true to form with this genre, she is an unreliable narrator and the characters are almost universally dislikeable This is an intense story of many twists, small and big, slow in pace, and where you are going to have to suspend your sense of disbelief on occasion The premise of the novel held my interest, although this is far from my favourite Ware book Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC. Gothic, creepy, a house with a hideous historyOMG yes please This was hands down my favorite book by Ruth Ware All the stars for this one I have read all her books except The Death of Mrs Westaway which is sitting here in my bookcase waiting to be read Up until this point In a Dark Dark Wood was my favorite, but wow oh wow I loved this book.Four nannies in a year, umm okay people that should be a sign that there are some real problems at the Heatherbrae House Granted the house has an extensive history, I mean don t all old homes That is what Rowan told herself when she applied for the job Okay Rowan, you just keep telling yourself that Drawn in by the generous salary and the gorgeous home she decided to roll the dice and try out the job, even with the history of previous nannies not being able to cut it Were the the rumors true that the house was haunted Is that what caused them to leave so quickly Or was it the somewhat difficult children that they were entrusted to I began to wonder if it was Sandra and Bill Elincourt whom appeared to be a bit challenging to deal with in themselves.I tell you what, there is no way I would have spent numerous nights in this house like Rowan did I was completely creeped out as nightfall hit each evening Things were happening and they appeared to be supernatural Given the history of this home, there is no doubt that is what would be running through my mind if I were staying there Add to it this smart house with all the amazing, yet creepy features That would drive me mad in itself If I were Rowan I would be concerned that my employers were watching my every move, meaning that someone else could be too.I have read some reviews that said this was a slow start or slow moving book but not for me I was sucked in from the very first page This was a really fast pace for me and I couldn t put it down I read this late into the night I am really looking forward to what Ware is going to come up with next I read this with a group of fellow Traveling Sisters It made for a fantastic group read.Thank you so much to Gallery Scout Press for this ARC I received via Edelweiss I LOVED it Thanks you to Ruth Ware for another fantastic book Merged review This is my third book by the author so by this point I know she s great at creating an atmosphere, a creepy ambiance.New nanny working for a family living in a remote house in Scotland Past nannies leaving after the house seems haunted with its dark history and secrets you get it It was interesting, even a bit unique since the main character wasn t likeable and that the format is through letters she s writing to a lawyer from prison since she s accused of murdering one of the child in her careThe ending was a bit lukewarm in my opinion but I can t wait to see how others feel about it all If you re looking for a quick read for the fall and have liked her other books, I would recommend Thank you Simon Schuster for this ARC I had low expectations for this because I had heard such mixed things about Ruth Ware, but this was SO GOOD It took so many of the classic thriller components but made them feel fresh and new and I m a big fan I cannot wait to see what Ruth comes up with next.