The Turn of the Key By Ruth Ware
When it comes to fall reading, I do like my books to be a little darker and Turn the Key didn’t disappoint.
The premise: Rowan happens across and ad for a live-in nanny. The salary puts her current income to shame, so she decides to apply. She gets the job, living and working in a remote house…a ‘smart’ house if you will. It has every gadget you can imagine, making simple tasks like turning on the lights or using the shower so complicated you need a manual!
Her employers have important work that means they must go away almost immediately, leaving Rowan to care for 3 kids, 2 dogs and complicated house with very little time to get acclimated. The house is creepy, the kids are a pain and eventually we realize there is more to the story then we originally thought.
The opinions on this book seem very mixed. Glancing through reviews I see everything from “A spooky, gothic atmosphere and modern fears combine to make an irresistible story” to “…left me feeling unsatisfied” and “just plain bad…nothing suspenseful.”
I enjoyed it and I’d be very interested to hear what you think. Was it “spooky and suspenseful” or “just plain bad”?