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!!
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?
Today I am going to talk about an Author that I really like, Madeline Roux.
I have seen many other bloggers do Author Spotlights and Author Interviews and whatnot. I love that idea, however, I don’t have any authors to interview (haha) and I honestly don’t think I need to interview an author in order to showcase them! I want to do this “Author Mention” when I have an author I really love and want to talk about them, or just when I come across someone new that I want to share with the world (even if others know them already – sometimes I can be late to the game haha)!
My goal is to open your eyes to some great reads and great authors! Maybe even add some new favorites to your TBR list!
So, Madeline Roux – I have been a fan of her since I read the Asylum series. If you haven’t read them you absolutely should, they were awesome! I found all of them to be easy reads that were captivating. I hardly put the books down. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I tend to enjoy books, movies, TV shows that are scary or spooky. While I didn’t find the series scary, it did have times that were creepy which I liked. Anyways, read these books, they were great!
She has a few other series and some books that will be published later this year. I love her stories and am really looking forward to reading more of her books. I have many of them on my TBR
MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.
** From Goodreads
Asylum (Asylum Series #1)
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.
As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried
Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?
A WOMAN ON THE RUN. A CAPTAIN ADRIFT IN SPACE. ONE OF THEM IS INFECTED WITH AN ALIEN PARASITE.
In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.
Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she’s come to hate, and her messed-up life. She’s run all the way to outer space, where she’s taken a position as a “space janitor,” cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can’t escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she’s given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.
But the Brigantine’s crew are very much alive–if not entirely human. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won’t be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite’s onslaught…or it may take over the entire human race
So many of these books are on my TBR and honestly who knows how long it will be until I get to them hahaha!
I am looking forward to her book “Salvaged” so I will be keeping my eye on that!
Any books by Madeline Roux on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!!