4 star reads - Courtney

The Turn of the key by Ruth Ware

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.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

This was so incredibly slow and the first half is so boring. I honestly was begging for just a slice of suspense or something to happen. The writing is great and the overall premise had me Intrigued. My only issue is nothing happened until 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the book.

Your Mc is Rowan and she has the opportunity to become a live in nanny for a family. Only when she gets there she has bitten off more than she can chew. She spins starts to hear noises and creeks at night. Is there ghosts or is she loosing it.

I will say the last 1/4 of the book is what made this a solid 3.5 and saved the book for me. I didn’t honestly expect any of that to be what happened at all. I was completely caught off guard and it was a shocker.

Overall I pushed myself through this till the end only to find out what happened. If it wouldn’t have been for that I probably would have dnf’d in the first half. If you pick this up go into it will low expectations and be in the mood for a slow read.

Courtney 💛 3.5 rating

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