“The ghosts, she had sobbed. The ghosts wouldn’t like it…”The Turn of the Key
The Turn of the Key is my third Ruth Ware book and so far I believe it is my favorite. Plus it is again narrated by Imogen Church who is a powerhouse narrator!
The book is written like a very long letter. More importantly, a letter to a lawyer. The person writing the letter is desperate for representation on her future court case and says that the only way to describe her innocence in the death of a child is to go back to the beginning. Rowan Cain stumbles upon an ad for a position that is just too good to be true. It is for a nanny position in the country and the pay is just outrageous and it is loads better than her current job. She is overjoyed when she is selected for an interview. She arrives at Heatherbrae House which is a beautiful country estate. The house is old, but everything is updated with the latest technology. The family seems utterly perfect. That is… until they aren’t. The parents whisk off to their jobs immediately, but not before the husband can make a pass on Rowan. But the children are obviously distraught with their parents’ frequent absences. The children are difficult, but the technology is even more difficult as she never has privacy from the cameras and the lights and music turn on and off constantly. Then there is the pacing in the attic above her room at night. Something or someone is behind the door.
This is all the twisty and eerie goodness that I wanted! Rowan’s character is completely flawed but honestly not a horrible person. But is she responsible for the death of a child? You will just have to read it to find out! What I really loved is how a lot of eerie books start with an eerie house, right? Well, yes, the house is old but that isn’t what’s eerie about it. It is the technology and how unpredictable it can be and how dangerous it can be when in the wrong hands. There are cameras everywhere and EVERYTHING is controlled by a tablet. Give me a light switch any day.
I saw many complaints about how slow the book is but I didn’t feel that way at all. It did take a while for her to finally get to the mystery of the door but the building suspense kept me on my toes and well as I said earlier, Imogen Church could never make a book boring.
The parents are despicable. Who just leaves their kid with a stranger after only meeting them once and NOT doing a thorough background check? It broke my heart how obvious it was that the children came in last when it came to their jobs. I lay all responsibility for the events in this book on the parents. Maybe if you go through 4 nanny’s in a matter of months there is something very, very wrong and maybe time to actually be a parent.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it would make an excellent Netflix series! I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!