Book Review: Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware


The Turn of the Key was quite good!! First of all – can we just talk about the strange but awesome house. A secluded house, with a dark past, that was bought and renovated to be some crazy smart house by a strange family that seemed so perfect it had to be too good to be true. I have to say I felt something was off about the house right from the get go. I didn’t know WHAT it was… I cycled through many theories. Each time I thought I had figured it out, I was wrong!

I was impressed with the overall story line and the characters. I can tell you I was definitely CREEPED OUT at times reading this book. At one point I could feel my heart beating quickly and felt like my eyes were jumping ahead to find out what was happening faster haha!

I do have to say though, while I enjoyed the book – it wasn’t my most favorite. There were times where I felt descriptions were much too long. I actually lost interest at the beginning of the book a few times and found myself getting easily distracted. BUT, once I was half way through the book I couldn’t put it down. 

As for the characters in the book – I liked most of them. I especially like Rowans character. I felt I could really relate to her and in all honestly many times during the story I was agreeing with Rowan and all of her thoughts on the children in the house and just the overall craziness she had to deal with. At first, I honestly HATED Maddie and Rhiannon’s characters. Maddie was just a little brat and she was mean and malicious – I have to say I never did change my opinion of her. However, once I found out more about Rhiannon I actually really liked her and was able to sympathize with her situation. 

I think if you enjoy a creepy, mysterious, “I feel like I’m being watched” type story then you will like this book!!

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Some thoughts I had while reading:

** The writing seems very good. I can actually feel Rowans desperation while she writes her letter from prison.

** Love how the story jumps right in. Its neat how it is told almost backwards. Like we start at the end and explain how she got there!

** Felt annoyed with Rowan at times. It felt like a typical horror movie… cute girl ventures to the middle of nowhere, comes to a large fancy house with a rich family, misses all warning signs, and then finds herself in a bad situation haha 😂

** LOVED Rowans reactions to the smart home. They were very relatable and how probably anyone would react. Reminded me of a time I was in someones house while all these fancy light switches and was in the bathroom unable to figure out how to turn the light on!!

** Getting bored during the looooong descriptions.

** Not a fan of the ending. No spoilers obviously, but it just felt like everything was not dealt with and felt unfinished to me.

Has anyone else read this book yet? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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