Turn of the Key – Book Review

Title:- Turn of the Key

Author:- Ruth Ware

No. of pages:- 337 pages

Date published:- August 8th 2019

Publisher:- Vintage Digital

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


When Rowan comes across the advert, it seems too good to be true: a live-in nanny position, with an extremely generous salary.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes.

But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder.

Which means someone else is…

This is the third book I have read of Ruth Ware and since I heard so many raving reviews about this book, I was excited when I got a copy of this book.

Rowan who is working at a nursery answers an ad where the ad says they were looking for a live in nanny in a mansion up in Scotland. Rowan answers the ad, goes to the interview and was surprised when she received the job offer. But soon, she encounters a series of things inside the house, and in one of the incidents, she ends up in a jail, where the story is told through the letters she was writing to the lawyer.

As usual, this was really good–from the first chapter to the end. You as a reader will think, ok…how did Rowan end up in jail? Rowan denies killing the child and as a result, you get hooked into the book. I didn’t like the children except for Ellie and Petra though and then there are some twists and turns in the book that will make you chill down the spine. As you read, you wonder, is this a supernatural horror or is there is someone, or something sinister? Nonetheless, this was fast paced packed with unexpected twists and turns and the author does a good job of drawing the reader into the story.

However, even though this book is a standalone, the ending was sort of a cliff hanger, inviting the reader to decide what was the fate of Rowan? Was she found not guilty? Or did she kill herself while in jail? Those questions have no answers and I would like to imagine what really happened to Rowan.

Overall, this book will keep you up all night–worth five stars!

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family.

Visit http://www.ruthware.com to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @RuthWareWriter


      1. That’s good to hear! I think I actually have a copy somewhere.. but it’s probably been packed. I’ll have to see about grabbing a digital copy when I can, thank you!


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