Tag: Ruth Ware

Author Mention – Oct 2019

Hi everyone 🙂

This month is flying by so fast!! I cant believe that its already half way through the month. I feel like if I blink it will suddenly be Christmas lol. Anyways, as usual, I hope you are all doing well. I know that everyone is busy and probably tired and now that the weather is getting pretty cold and gross, it can take a toll on you! So, please remember to take care of yourselves and do what makes you happy 🙂

I am doing another author mention this month! I decided I will do an author mention each month! That way I can look into some authors and books and make a decision of who I want to spotlight for the month! If you want to join in and spotlight some authors as well – make sure to tag me in your posts because I would LOVE to see who you pick 🙂

Octobers Author Mention is……… Ruth Ware!

Ruth Ware – I only recently discovered her… I know, I know, I’m very late to the game. I read her books “The Turn of the Key” and loved it! I started looking up her other books and realized that they look amazing as well. She has great reviews and overall everyone who I’ve talked to about her loves her!

About 🎃

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

Books 🎃

The Woman In Cabin 10

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

In A Dark, Dark Wood

In a dark, dark wood. Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room. But something goes wrong. Very wrong. And in the dark, dark room…. Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

The Death Of Mrs. Westaway

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

The Lying Game

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

The Turn Of The Key

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

I don’t know about you but I have added a couple Ruth Ware books to my TBR. I am especially interested in The Death of Mrs. Westaway!! I am going to be looking to get my hands on a copy of that one!

Enjoy your Monday everyone!!

Chat with me in the comments about your fav Ruth Ware books!

Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

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 🙂