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Date finished: July 15, 2019

Rating: ★★★★

The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is one of those rare authors whose entire collection of works I’ve read. I started out in 2016 with The Woman in Cabin 10 (my favorite to date), and I’ve been hooked ever since. Ware’s newest release, The Turn of the Key, is a close second to TWiC10, and once I started reading I just couldn’t stop.

This mystery/thriller is written in letters from protagonist Rowan Caine to lawyer Mr. Wrexham, whom Rowan has never met but is hoping to convince to take her case. We learn quickly that Rowan is in prison and she herself considers her case hopeless, but is nevertheless determined to tell Wrexham the whole story on the off chance he might believe it.

Rowan then unfolds the story of how she came to nanny for the Elincourts — a wealthy Scottish family with four daughters, one of whom is now dead, and for whose murder Rowan has been convicted. This immediate reveal of the novel’s outcome made for interesting reading, and as Rowan describes her relationships with each of the four girls, I couldn’t help but speculate as to which one might end up dead and why.

The Elincourts sprawling home served as its own character, and the house staff added to the short list of potential suspects. In typical Ware fashion, the author excels at weaving in both the setting and an unexpected element — the supernatural, in this case — in order to keep readers even more captivated. There is not only a murder, but also ghosts, poison, adultery, hidden identities, and secrets revealed. How can one possibly put this down?

The Turn of the Key is a fun, quick, spellbinding read that I’d recommend to any thriller reader. Ruth Ware has yet to disappoint.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Photo courtesy @readwithallison (Instagram)

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