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    Suspense Thriller Mystery

    The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a Suspense Mystery Thriller that has scary and creepy plot twists to the very last pages. I have read every book Ruth Ware has written and enjoyed each one. In this book the characters are intriguing but all seem to have very disturbing personality traits and values. The smart house blended with a Victorian house was an interesting addition since both added to the creepiness of the story. I enjoyed this book except for the ending. There was no real resolution of what happened to the characters except for one person. To the very last pages I would have given this book 5 Stars but because of what I felt was an unresolved ending I will give it 4 Stars.
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    Unable to put down

    I finished The Turn of the Key a couple hours ago and I'm still in shock at the ending. The book is written in a series of letters by Rowan, the nanny, from jail to a defense attorney. She has been arrested for murdering one of her charges. She works her way back from the beginning of the story to how she has been arrested. This book was unputdownable from start to finish as I had to keep reading just one more chapter. I felt so bad for Rowan. She has met the three little ones once and then on her first full day, she is left in charge while the parents leave for a week on business. Then all kinds of weird things start happening in a house that she's not familiar with and the house is operated by technology! I highly recommend if you like thrillers in general, and specifically thrillers with a gothic feel. I will be adding Ruth Ware's other books to my tbr list! Thank you to Netgalley and Pocket Books for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    My favorite Ware book to date!

    Gothic thrillers and horror are back in vogue, and this makes me so happy! I grew up reading Barbara Mertz aka Barbara Michaels, who could write a fantastic Gothic tale. Her, Amelia Peabody mysteries, that take place in Egypt is another great series. Jess and I recently did a podcast over on Books Don’t Review Themselves for Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, where Ruth Ware is quoted on the cover saying, “Move over, Rosemary’s Baby, urban paranoia has a deliciously Gothic new address.” And Ware certainly knows what she is talking about with this Gothic novel that takes place in the more traditional setting of a large house in the middle of nowhere. While I enjoyed Sager’s book for all the nods to horror movies, Ware’s book actually had me feeling creeped out at times. And me being creeped out really is a high compliment to an author, since it rarely happens. It could be that I was reading it on the Kindle with all the lights turned off, or because children can really give stories more of a scary vibe, think Children of the Corn, the twins in The Shining, or Gage in Pet Sematary. More likely, it’s because Ware is a fantastic writer that knows how to slowly ratcheted up the fear and paranoia. The other thing that Gothic is known for is all the secrets, and Ruth revealed them in a slow, steady stream. Just when I thought I knew who the murderer was or who was sabotaging the house, another secret would be revealed that had me changing my mind. What was behind the locked door really had me questioning my previous thoughts. So lessons learned time and time again. Don’t babysit children in the middle of nowhere or at all. If you start hearing bumps in the night and things are in different places then you left them, burn the house down. Trust no one and become a hermit in the woods. Just make sure you bring enough books with you! Some other books that I enjoyed and you may too, that are in the style of Gothics are The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
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    Excellent Gothic Thriller With Unique Twists

    Coming off the heels of Riley Sager’s new book, Lock Every Door, which I would also categorize as a gothic thriller, this book is just what I needed and more. You know when you finish a book with a specific feeling? It is almost a combination of longing for another book just like it, a little bit of sadness because you wish you could reread this book with fresh eyes, and joy because it accomplished the exact feelings the author anticipated. Basically, I was feeling all that and then some. This book surrounds 24-year-old Rowan Caine who currently works in a childcare center when she stumbles across an article looking for a nanny, offering a generous salary, which was tied together with a bow. That bow is a beautiful “smart house” named the Heatherbrae House located in “beautiful Scottish highlands.” I promise I am not giving anything by saying this because Ruth Ware makes it known early on --- Rowan ends up in prison and one of the children end up dead… dun dun dun! There are two main factors that I think made this story unravel beautifully: the way the story was laid out and the setting. I don’t want to say too much about the way the story was laid out because I felt that was crucial right off the bat. What I will say is that it kept the story flowing in a way that you slowly gathered details, but in a somewhat fast-paced way. I know that sounds a little crazy, but that is the best way I can describe it. It was executed beautifully. I promise. The setting is a story in itself! A fricken smart house! Not just any smart house, a converted smart house that is a combination of modern and vintage design. The descriptions are beautifully creepy. I wonder if the author took the time to design this house separate from the story. Regardless, I want to see this house come to life! The thing is, I can’t think of a book I have ever read with this type of setting. That in itself really adds to the thrill of this read. Hats off to Ms. Ware for writing such a fabulous read. In my opinion, this is definitely the best book she has written to date.
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    The Turn of the Key

    The Turn of the Key is the latest story from Ruth Ware. Ms Ware has the reader wondering along with her "heroine" what is going on, ghosts or human trickery. Throughout much of The Turn of the Key Ms Ware manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat wondering how this story is going to unfold. I was given an early copy to review.
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