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    Ruth Ware never disappoints

    The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon & Schuster, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.   My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Rowan Caine excitedly takes a job as a nanny, in a remote area of Scotland.  Looks like she is finally going to get what she always wanted.  The pay is amazing, the location beautiful, and the home spectacular.  The house, while lavish, is also a "smart" home, with cameras and speakers and a voice-activated assistant.  Of course, when they say something is too good to be true..... The mother is a bit of a stickler for routine, and may be a little overly cautious.  She has a three ring binder with everything that Rowan could ever need to know and then some. The father is a letch,  who makes his intentions clear the first night Rowan arrives. The children are....a handful.  Petra is almost two, and that says it all.  Ellie is five, and adventurous but is under eight year-old Maddie's thumb, who makes it plain that Rowan is not wanted.  Rhianna is 14, and goes to boarding school. Rowan is there only one evening before the parents leave for a business trip.  Not enough time to get to know the kids, the house, or the danger.  It soon becomes evident why this family can't keep a nanny.  Before long, one of the children will be dead, and Rowan will be in a Scottish women's prison.  Perhaps if Rowan hadn't lied...   My Opinions:  The story is told by Rowan, in a letter she writes to Mr. Wrexham, a lawyer, in hopes of convincing him to take her case. The book is about lies and deceit, and family dynamics. I found the lengthy descriptions of the house to be a bit much.  I realize that much of it was information relevant to the plot, but i really didn't need to know about colours of walls and wallpaper.... The house itself became a "character", just as the ghosts do, providing the reader with two more potential suspects.   Since it wasn't until close to the end that we discover who died, all of the children, as well as the parents, Jack, and the housekeeper could have done it -- well maybe not Petra.  I loved the fact that I did not guess the perpetrator. I do feel that the ending was a little too rushed. While Ruth Ware's writing often has a gothic feel, this one also incorporated modern technology, and made me wonder how much I really want a "smart" home.  Do I want to be under constant surveillance?  As well, if someone else could trigger the commands, or the system mal-functioned,  it could be a nightmare. I would definitely recommend this book to any Ruth Ware fan, and to anyone who needs a good old-fashioned mystery with a modern twist. 
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    The turn of the key

    Up unril the end I would have given thw book a 5 star rating. I have been wating all summer for the release and couldnt put it down. It ended abruptly and didnt tie loose ends together. Disappointing.
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    Fantstic

    wish i could give it 10 stars......!!!! from the start right to the last page....thank you Ruth for another winner.
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    Excellent read

    Loved this page turner, couldn't put it down and was sad when I finished the story. So good.
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    Another great book by Ruth Ware

    This one kept me interested and guessing. Well written, it keeps the reader interested and wondering about how it will end. And the twists are great.
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