Let’s Talk… The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Okay, so this is awkward. Normally, Once Upon a Book Club books are not the same books as Book of the Month, but of course, this time it is. Since I already read the book, I felt like I should at least share the gifts with you guys! So let’s talk… the gifts from my August 2019 OUABC box!

Page 56

Okay, so the drawing was awkwardly faded, but it is the drawing that Rowan finds in the nightstand drawer in her room at Heatherbrae House. The cord is a USB cord with 3 different types of cords so you can charge your phone (whether it is iPhone or Android) or your laptop (at least, it fits my thunder outlet for my Mac?). I’m also sure you can charge multiple items at the same time with the one cord, so it is efficient for traveling.

Page 213

I love this. If I drank coffee often, I would use this all the time, but thankfully my sister-in-law will be putting this to use! It is incredibly beautiful and of higher quality that the other mugs I have gotten from OUABC before!

Page 304

Honestly, I would love this if it were my initial. It is a very beautiful necklace (though a little big), but I probably will never pull it out of the box. So if you want a necklace with a ‘R’ initial, I got you fam.

Page 335

Okay, so I can’t really show you the gift because it essentially tells you the whole plot of the book, BUT it is literally the letter from the last 2 or so pages. This is the present that is literally just a printout for the box, and while it completely fits the book, I still wished that it was something else. But, here we are.

Sorry guys, if I would have known, I would have waited, but I am completely oblivious to everything right now, so I’m just going to leave you guys with a promise to do better! Until then, 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 elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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 elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. 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!