The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

How I Read It: Ebook

Dates Read: 8/12/19-8/15/19

Despite the number of days it took me to read this one, it felt like a really short read. It was super creepy and I definitely didn’t see that ending coming, but man, so much just happened.

We follow this girl named Rowan, who is a child caregiver for a nursery in England. She discovers a job opportunity in Scotland with a $55,000 salary. Not able to pass it up, she applies and eventually gets the job. However, we learn from the get-go that one of the children dies at the end. Throughout the story, there are paranormal situations, interpersonal relationships, and overall weird things that piece together what happened during the few days Rowan was the nanny.

As for the story, it felt like a quick read. It was entertaining, and I definitely got into it. But it was not as interesting as The Whisper Man, in my opinion. I have had many of Ware’s books on my TBR for a while, and I just haven’t seemed to find the time to read them. Obviously she is an author with a large following, and I totally understand why, but, based on this one book, she isn’t one of my favorite authors.

I wasn’t impressed by the writing style. The idea of writing the book as if it was a letter was strange, and it felt a little jolting at times. Ware does have a habit in this book to give you little nuggets of the future, expecting that that will keep the reader interested. I think there are more subtle ways of giving that information while still keeping the reader. But overall, I would give this book 3.75 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Side note: Okay, so I got my OUABC book on the 24th of August, to find out that they chose this book! So for the sake of sharing with you guys, I will be posting the gifts in a Let’s Talk on the 21st of September, which is the week of OUABC posts for September!

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