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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 Cabinauthor in her most menacing mode, unfurling a shocking saga of murder and deception” —Entertainment Weekly From theNew 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 livein 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 pictureperfect 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 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 slowburn 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 hairraising 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, perfectlypaced, 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: AUGUST 2019 BOTM SELECTIONDear Mr Wrexham,You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I've realized there is no magic formula here There is no way I can make you listen to my case So I'm just going to have to do my best to set things out However long it takes, however much I mess this up, I'm just going to keep going and tell the truth.And so begins our tale I'm sure that, unless you've been walking around with your eyes closed and your ears plugged up, you've caught wind of this upcoming release, but if not let me give you a brief introduction The Turn of the Key is a compulsive tale of a nanny sitting in jail awaiting trial for the murder of one of her charges The entire book is told through letters from said nanny to a potential solicitor, recalling the events leading up to her incarceration, along with a few surprise notes at the end The basic jist of events is that we begin with Rowan answering an advertisement for a nannying position in the Scottish countryside The catch is that this particular household has been through 4 nannies in less than a year, and the reasons behind this are murkily associated to legends of the estate being haunted Shenanigans ensue, all hell breaks loose, and much havoc is played out over the course of the book As someone who has taken time to warm to Ware's novels over the year, I think she's found her niche in the gothic suspense genre I truly enjoyed Mrs Westaway, and I believe The Turn of the Key is her best novel yet The pacing was 100% what I was praying for, and the creepy elements, such as the locked closet, the poison garden, and the smart home with little to no privacy, were all excellent inclusions and flawlessly executed I found that even the supporting characters, especially Jack and Jean, were just as intriguing as Rowan was My only complaint was with the ending; it felt like a bit of a let down after such a large build up, and even though it worked, it felt like the easy ending to take The twists may or may not surprise you; I felt that I had most of them figured out, but there were a few smaller twists that took me completely by surprise, which I wholly appreciated If you're looking for a creepy, character driven psychological thriller that will keep you thrilled and chilled from beginning to end, definitely add The Turn of the Key to your late summer TBR! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. Review of “TURN OF THE KEY”: FOUR: okay, I loved it, it freaked me out, gave me enough chills, my all nails are shorter, oh, wait a second, I don’t have nails any and my arms are covered with stress bites, my hair is in the air, you made a great job, Ruth Ware, I wanted to clap but my hands are still shaking, stars!!!Let’s take a look: what we have on the menu:A naïve nanny who has little secrets is now in the jail, waiting for her murder trial.Creepy Victorian haunted house: A big, creepy place surrounded by an eerie, ominous secret garden which is full of poisonous flowers served with charming Scottish gardener/handyman Jack Three problem children and a baby (like 80’s movie name, but please be sure this is not comedy): * years old, middle child of the family, Maddie’s irritating behaviors; reminds us of Regan from Exorcist with her attitudes as if she’s embodied by devil ( at least she didn’t do the terrifying head spinning) and Hereditary’s Charlie (At least her head hasn’t been cut out of her body with a car accident)! Her little sister Ellie is not evil child but she was just annoying, spoiled, one which means she is regular 5 years old kid  Both of the girls come together for the mission to irritate poor nanny! You hear the alarm bells ringing right? A sinister 14 year old sister joins the evil sisters club on the weekends: Another meaner member of awkward family You may think they have quite resemblances with “Addams family”! But you couldn’t be mistaken so much because Addams family members are cartoon characters when you compare them with these nerveracking people A workaholic, snob, showoff mother and he’s flirty husband gives the young ladies his perverted looks! When you readabout their parents’ characteristic attributes, you may realize: The bad apples didn’t fall far from the tree I still don’t know which one is the worst: The parent or their children? Creaking floors, secret attics, ghost stories, runaway nannies! And BAAMM: we have a death child.So before you order your book and feed yourself with the disturbing, riveting pages of the story, ask yourself, could you absorb all of these nervebending details or could goose bumps on your arms and aching on your stomach force you to vomit because of too much pressure and stressful pages? If you say: “I’m in!”, I recommend you to consume it with lighter foods( greasy popcorn is not a good option especially at the parts of the book you’re introduced porcelain version of Annabelle baby’s head who could cut some parts of your body and make you bleed!) nonalcoholic beverages(You need clear mind to concentrate and enjoy the story.)So it’s great combination of modern and gothic horror materials There are too many disturbing characters but it worked perfectly with this wellrounded story telling.And the ending: It is surprisingly nice touch! Every little detail in this book is important so you have to give full attention for great satisfaction! It’s fast pacing, one or two sit reading Sip your soda (preferably didn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup), lay on your favorite couch, silence your loved ones and begin to enjoy this book! It’s one of the best thrillers of this year! 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 livein nanny to four children, including one baby and one bratty teenager On top of this, she's staying in the hightech Heatherbrae House a refurbished smart home with constant surveillance, voiceactivated 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 heavyhanded hints about (view spoiler)[Rowan not being who she says she is (hide spoiler)]