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The Turn of the Key - Book Review

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Published on August 6th, 2019

Genre: Mystery, fiction, thriller, psychological thriller

Pages: 337

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was acclaimed everywhere, it made it to the top 3 of Goodreads Choice Award Best Mystery & Thriller and most of my favorite booktubers 2019 top 10/15 reads. So I guess, that by now, it is obvious that I had to read it, and I did. And oh boy, I do not regret it.


I’m putting just a little summary, not the full synopsis because I think it gives away everything about this book and to be able to fully enjoy it you have to just dive in blindly. Like I did. Not literally ‘blindly’, but you know, just without reading the synopsis.


A nanny in jail accused of murdering one of the children in her care. This is her story.

When Rowan, a young nanny who lives in London, comes across for an ad seeking a nanny to live in a remote area of Scotland, it sounds too good to be true. The pay is high, the house is beautiful and sophisticated, and the family seems lovely. She is hired for the position and packs up her life in London and moves to remote Scotland. But what is beautiful on the surface is hiding deep dark secrets.”

This is my first time reading a novel by Ruth Ware and it won’t be the last. The story is gripping and gets a bit spooky. I found myself unable to read past a certain time at night even if the creepy side of this book is what made me so eager to know how it ends.

All the elements for a good thriller story are gathered to make you enjoy this book. It’s so suspenseful and has a paranormal vibe that didn’t bother me. Although to my biggest relief, no paranormal activities were included, because if that was ever the case I would’ve just DNFed the book, closed it and forgot about it (I don’t enjoy stories about ghosts and supernatural thrillers).

The ending is another story. It left me speechless. I didn’t see it coming at all.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book although I expected a darker or more violent story.

Let me wrap up this post by sharing my favorite quotes from the book:

Dear Mr. Wrexham,

You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I've realized there is no magic formula here. There is no way I can make you listen to my case. So I'm just going to have to do my best to set things out. However long it takes, however much I mess this up, I'm just going to keep going and tell the truth.

Better to achieve perfect marks on an easy test than flunk a hard one, that was my motto.

I am telling you the truth. The unvarnished, ugly truth. And it is all that. It is unpolished and unpleasant, and I don't pretend I acted like an angel. But I didn't kill anyone. I just fucking didn't.


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