The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the key

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 is.

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The Turn of the Key is one of the most highly anticipated thriller novels of the summer and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. It had just the right amount of creepiness and a short list of suspects, even though I didn’t guess the ending at all.

Right from the first 20 pages, you know what has happened. A child is dead and her recently hired nanny is sitting in jail. The nanny is writing letters to a potential solicitor on her side of the story and how she is innocent. The ending is different than anything that I had read before and I really loved how it was done. I was shocked and was left wanting more.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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Ruth Ware is one of the best at setting a scene, throwing in some drama and have you accusing everyone and triple guessing at who you believe. Her 4th novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is no exception.

In a fairly straight forward plot, Hal gets a letter saying that her grandmother has passed away and she will receive an inheritance. Woo hoo, this comes at a perfect time since Hal is seriously in debt. Hal doesn’t believe that she is the right person (she has never heard of her grandmother), but she goes to the funeral to check it out.

It’s mostly a simple book, but Ware has you making crazy guesses. I had no idea what was going to happen and I didn’t guess the majority of the ending.

It’s not a perfect novel, since I found that there were some things that didn’t quite make sense. It seemed like the author was going more for convenience and the shock factor.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. A quick read that will have you not trusting anyone and question who is really family.

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