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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