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Book Thoughts: The Turn of the Key (Ruth Ware)

Not my kind of book unfortunately


Title: The Turn of the Key
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Fiction/thriller/mystery 
First published: 2019
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.


First line(s):

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


This was my second book by this author and I kind of enjoyed it. Mostly.

I felt like this was the perfect type of book to read whilst on holiday and it was, but I do feel it was not quite MY kind of mystery/thriller. I discovered that books with nannies and small children really is not my thing. The creepy aspects I quite liked, but the explanations were mostly predictable.

Despite those aspects, I was happy to keep reading and never felt bored. I was curious what was going to happen, but too many plot points that could have turned interesting just did not and the plot twists were more ‘oh, ok’ moments rather than shocking or surprising. In fact the plot twist at the end really did nothing for me and kind of ruined the rest of the story for me. I had not predicted it. I have to admit that, but it just felt uninteresting compared to the scenarios I had made up in my head. That probably means it’s my own fault.

All in all, I enjoyed the read ok, but the mystery left me a bit deflated. Overall reasonably enjoyable and a fast read, but a bit disappointing in the end.

4 out of 7 stars

CAWPILE score: 6.7

  • Characters: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Writing Style: 7
  • Plot: 6
  • Intrigue: 8
  • Logic: 5
  • Enjoyment: 7

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