Book Review: The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware


Originally published in 2019, The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware sees Rowan come across an advert that 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…


Whenever I’ve read a classic haunted house story, they’ve always missed out on something for me. They usually have either the atmosphere or the character, but they don’t often tick every box. But this is what I’ve been looking for!

With all the feels of The Haunting Of Hill House and an obvious influence from The Turning Of The Screw, The Turn Of The Key is intensely creepy, nerve-wrackingly scary, and so full of intrigue that you’ll gasp with every twist and turn.

With a sense of the paranormal, Ware captures the atmosphere perfectly as she slowly builds up the tension with her intertwining timelines, as Rowan recounts her experience from prison through letters to her solicitor.

What I loved even more is that you can feel the setting of a modern house with all the mod-cons and intrusive home technology, but the house still has the feel of an old-fashioned mansion full of grandeur and themed rooms that you get from the classic haunted house horrors.

For me, this was the perfect combination of a classic horror and a modern psychological thriller. This is definitely the book the has impressed me the most this spooky season!

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