The Turn of the Key is the spine-chilling new psychological thriller from Ruth Ware. This book will leave you more than a little unsettled (definitely don’t read it when you’re home alone), but it will have you hooked from the first page until you eventually find out the truth on the very last page.
Rowan is excited to land a live-in nanny position, it seems like the dream job with a good salary in a beautiful house. She’s thrown into the deep end looking after three small children, but right from the start it becomes clear that all is not as it should be at the family home.
Secluded in a remote area and struggling to overcome the challenges of living in a luxurious smart house that may be haunted and seems intent on making her terrified, Rowan begins to discover just how far she can be pushed before she breaks.
The story is told through a series of letters written by Rowan to appeal to a lawyer to help her. She’s in prison, being held for the murder of a child. From the beginning she claims she’s innocent, but it’s only when we meet the fourth child she oversees, a teenager intent on making her life slowly start to unravel, that we are shown the truth behind some shocking lies. As the story unfolds we share in first her joy then concern and finally desperation and terror as she fights to overcome the frightening events that take place in the house.
“Their dream house will become her worst nightmare”, and her life will never be the same again.
The Turn of the Key is now available from book stores and online retailers from a recommended retail price of R290.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing this thriller with me.