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*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: 
The Turn of the Key
Ruth Ware
Main Theme: 
Psychological Thriller, Adult Fiction

Thesis: Rowan needs a new job, and this nanny position seems too good to be true. She has to take the opportunity, and when she’s hired, she’s ecstatic. However, shortly after arriving, she notices weird things, like the mysterious noises above her room, or the strange behavior from the girls. And why did all the previous nannies quit so suddenly? Is it true, is that house really haunted?

Everything came to a screeching halt when Rowan is now a suspect for murder, but there is one thing that people must know: She did not kill anyone. Will anyone believe her?

What Drew Me In: After reading “The Death of Mrs. Westaway”, I was pretty stoked about reading Ware’s newest novel. I like Ware’s ability to create a spooky atmosphere, perfect for that psychological thrill that many people look for. The “horror” genre is great in that sense, you don’t have to read a terrifying and gory book to get your fill of some spooky. I’ve been waiting as patiently as I could for her book to be released, and I was stoked to find it at my local library.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book quite a bit, especially since it wasn’t as hard to keep up with as “The Death of Mrs. Westaway”. (If you haven’t had a chance to read that book yet, I won’t spoil it for you, but it does have an interesting plot twist!). My favorite thing about Ware’s books is her ability to create such beautiful settings. A beautiful Victorian mansion in the Scottish countryside, with the rolling green hills and picturesque villages. It totally makes you feel like you’ve been absorbed into the book and plopped right down in the local pub. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland. This will probably be the closest I will ever get to it ha!

I enjoyed her characters as well, although the bratty kids made me want to pull my hair out a couple of times. This is where my Southern roots kick in, I was smacked silly if I ever acted that way. My family members would take turns. 😂 But the rest of the characters were great, you really get absorbed into Rowan, even if she has a few secrets up her sleeve. The handyman Jack, well you can’t help but to fall for him too, he’s a sweet guy. The parents, psh, they were my least favorite characters, but that’s because Ware is great at making unique characters for the stories that you either love or love to hate!

I’ll admit, there were a couple of times that the story didn’t quite make sense; like it could have been elaborated a little bit on. Did Ware not want to drag out the story for too long? Did she feel like it was unnecessary? Maybe. I would have liked to know a bit more about the history of the house. Did the previous owner, Dr. Grant really kill his daughter? Could have there been some evidence somewhere in the house, especially in the creepy attic? I think so. Why didn’t the parents get rid of the poison garden in the backyard? If it was really that bad, parents with a bit of common sense would have burnt it to the ground for goodness sake. Why when Rowan asked about it, they just shrugged it off? It seems like there was a reason for all of this, but Ware never really touched base on it.

Another thing she didn’t touch base on, at the very end of the book, we never find out what officially happened to Rowan, was she sentenced for a crime of murder? Was she found innocent?? That cliffhanger will be the death of me! It seems like her letters to the lawyer was never sent, but why weren’t they sent? Did someone stop her? Did she stop herself? Would she really be okay with being sentenced for a life sentence or a death penalty, even if it was to protect someone else? I read and re-read that last chapter multiple times, seeing if I missed a clue. If I did, someone please point it out to me! I need to know!

Would I recommend this book?: Other than that major cliffhanger, it was a pretty enjoyable book, and if you want to get in the horror genre without the blood, guts, gore, and downright terrifying books out there, Ruth Ware’s books are a great place to start. Just the right amount of spooky, a touch of mysteriousness, and a dash of great settings, and you should be good to snuggle up with that coffee mug and fuzzy socks for the night! And what a better book to read for the month of October?!

Here’s to the greatest month of the year! All the spooky things, books, decorations, and TREATS! I’m having a blast reading more of the thriller books, they have been so fun. I’m actually listening to an audiobook off my Hoopla, can you believe that? I’m hoping to have a review of it up soon. I hope everyone is having a great October so far! 

P.S. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a spooky book? Drop your recommendations in the comments! ♡

The Library Lady

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