The turn of the key Mystery/Thriller Published August 6th 2019 Hardcover 384 pages Goodreads
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.
I feel like Ruth Ware and I aren’t meant to be. A couple of months ago I tried to read her Cabin 10 and I hated it, dnf’d it and I was like 30% into it.
This book is pretty fast paced, things keep happening, but the problem is that I just don’t care about anything that happened in this book. I didn’t care about the characters, about who the killer was, if it weren’t for Spookathon I probably would’ve dnf’d the hell out of this.
The characters are so dumb that I wanted to kill them and myself just to finally be at peace (not the children though, I’m not an animal, hello).
The freaking doorbell rings in the middle of the night, obviously no one’s there, she goes back to her room. The window is open. And she goes back to sleep.
Wow, these characters really are smart, right? Because God forbid we do something if you’re window is open in the middle of the night and someone rings your bell while no one’s there.
Because of course she doesn’t call Sandra and tell her ”come get your freaking kids, bitch ‘cuz your stupid technology house is messed up in the worst way possible.” Nah, she goes to sleep.
The ”twists” were super, super stupid and random, I can actually feel the author being like ”okay, now the book’s getting boring so how about we throw in this stupid twist that makes absolutely no sense, but let’s hope the readers won’t notice that. Well, we did, and it’s stupid.
Yes, it wasn’t as boring, but it was. There were scenes that I didn’t understand why the author would wanna put it. Like, what they had for breakfast and going for walks and putting the kids to bed. Just…why? Do you honestly think we care about Rowen reading stories to the kids? No, we don’t.
Honestly, I would’ve given it two stars just to not be a hateful bitch if that ending hadn’t happened. Why the hell? It was lame, it was rushed, didn’t enjoy it whatsoever.
I was actually praying for it to finally end and thus ending my misery as well, because even if it’s for a readathon I would’ve dnf’d it had it been longer, I was so done with this book.
Thrillers are such a hit or miss, I either adore them or hate them, but what’s even worse is that it had so much potential, I really thought this would be IT, the thriller that’s gonna blow up the world.
This is what happens when I read something because it’s hyped up, I never end up loving it, I usually go into those type of books with pretty high expectations and in the end they turn out to be pretty … bad.
At least in my opinion, I know that I didn’t enjoy it, it’s a pretty well loved book, so it might be for you.
I’m never telling readers to not read a book I didn’t enjoy, we all have different tastes.
But I’m ending this review here, I’m also never reading any more books from Ruth Ware, I feel like her books are just not for me, I don’t like them, and some people said that this was her best book, so there’s that.
Anyway, thank you so much for reading this review and until next time!