Ruth Ware: The Turn Of The Key

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Turn Of The Key.


Ruth Ware, the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller returns with another page-turning psychological thriller.

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan 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 her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

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

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


I’ve never read anything by Ruth Ware before, but if her other novels are just a fraction as good as The Turn Of The Key I’ll be in for a treat when I get to them. The Turn Of The Key has everything you can ask for in a psychological thriller: creepy surroundings  red herrings and so so many questions. With each stave, I had more and more questions and could not wait for the next one to be released so I could read some more.

The Turn Of The Key is narrated by Rowan, in the form of letters that she writes to a lawyer from prison. Rowan writes that she did not commit the crime for which she is incarcerated, but can we trust her? Ware constructs the characters so cleverly that it is impossible to know who is reliable, and it’s not just Rowan under suspicion. I loved trying to figure out where everyone fit in to the events that led to Rowan’s imprisonment.

The ending of The Turn Of The Key is a huge twist, and I must admit that my eyes were leaking as I read.

The Turn Of The Key is available from Amazon.

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