I have made a pledge to read 10 Book of the Month titles #10BOTM2019 by the end of the year and this is my first one on that list.  The Turn of the Key was my August 2019 pick.  I had waited many months for this book because I’ve read every book that Ruth Ware has written.  I love the creepy, gothic feel that all her books have.  I read this on a cloudy, rainy vacation day and well into the night.  Not once could I shake that familiar creepy feeling that I get when I read one of her books and I love that.  I was absorbed in the story from the first page, and since I really didn’t read the synopsis, I had very little clues about the book.

The story opens with the main character, Rowan, writing a letter to a solicitor from a prison in Scotland.  I immediately wanted to know more and so began my journey with Rowan Caine, a young nanny who gets the job of a lifetime caring for three young daughters of a high-powered couple who own a large house, Heatherbrae, in the Scottish Highlands.  Heatherbrae is part smart house with ultra modern voice activation on nearly everything and part Victorian mansion.  The house is not only a setting, but a character in this story.

How I pictured the setting: Sort of. Minus the stream. I am fascinated with Scotland. I definitely want to travel there someday.

I will tell you that I couldn’t put this book down.  I was pretty much glued to my chair throughout.  When I had to stop reading, I kept wanting to get back to it.  I ended up having to read it later in the evening after it got dark outside and thunderstorms were brewing in the distance.  This ended up making me feel even more on edge.

Let me talk about the ending. I thought the book was 85% fantastic until the ending. It wrapped up too quickly and the end just didn’t work for me. I had one of those, “Really?” moments. Maybe it’s me. Have you read The Turn of the Key? Is it on your TBR? I’m giving it a 4/5 pawprints. 🐾 Compulsively readable and creepy, but I was let down by the ending.


  1. I enjoyed this one, I liked the ending because I feel like it kept some innocence for the kids. Usually I’m not a fan of these kinds of endings, but for me it worked. Still a gripping read!!!

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