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“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a spooky, psychological thriller that delves into the life of a young nanny who takes on a mysterious job offer, only to find out that it may have been too good to be true.

The book is filled with twists and turns as the protagonist unravels the secrets behind her new position. It will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Plot Summary

The story follows Rowan Caine, a young woman in desperate need of money. She takes on a new job as a nanny for three children in Scotland at the lavish Heatherbrae House.

The owner, Mr. Fairfax, is rarely present and Rowan soon finds herself in way over her head when strange things start to happen.

As sinister events increase, Rowan is thrown into a web of lies and deceit as she attempts to uncover what’s really going on in the house and protect her charges from harm.

Style and Tone

The Turn of the Key has an eerie atmosphere that builds up suspense throughout the story. At times it can be quite unsettling as readers are taken on a journey filled with dark secrets and unexpected twists.

Ruth Ware writes in an engaging way that keeps readers hooked until the very end and she does an excellent job of weaving together multiple storylines to create an intriguing narrative full of suspenseful discoveries.


Rowan Caine is an ambitious yet naive nanny who puts her trust in people who don’t deserve it, which often leads to dire consequences for her. She is determined to uncover the truth no matter what it takes, which adds an element of excitement as she risks everything to get to the bottom of things.

Other characters include Mr. Fairfax, his wife Grace, their children Charlie, Esme and Addy amongst others who are all integral parts of this psychological thriller.


Overall, The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is an enthralling tale full of suspense and surprising twists that will keep readers guessing until its climactic ending.

With great characters and riveting plotlines that intertwine seamlessly with each other creating a thrilling atmosphere from start to finish, this novel will leave readers satisfied yet eager for more from this talented author!

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