Book Review by Ashley Chapin, Library Assistant

September has always been the best month to read thrillers for me, something about the change to Fall sets up a good back drop for a bit of mystery and thrill. I have recently been introduced to Ruth Ware because of her comparison to Agatha Christie. I started with “The Turn of the Key” because it was a “Turn of the Screw” retelling.

Summary: Rowan answers an ad to be a live-in nanny at a luxurious house in the Scottish Highlands. However, the story opens with Rowan writing letters to her attorney while she sits in jail awaiting trial for murder. She reveals the story of how things all went wrong, the secrets she kept, and the mistakes she made all while maintaining she is not the murderer.

I really enjoyed this modern take on Turn of the Screw and how Ware was able to maintain the essence of “is it ghosts?” or “is she going crazy?” The house and grounds were eerie in their own right and one of my favorite scenes takes place in a locked garden full of poisonous plants. I thought the characters were all well written to the point that I thought any and all could have been guilty at different points. The atmosphere was a mix of twisty and creepy and kept me on my toes. I stayed up late into the night just to finish and find out what was really behind all the mystery.

I would recommend this to fans of “Lock Every Door” or “The Family Upstairs”. I gave this book 4 stars.

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