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The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

As its title suggests, Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key borrows a plot device from one of my favourite books, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: a young woman, potentially somewhat unreliable as a narrator, travels to a large, isolated house to work as a nanny to some children who are immediately left more or less alone in her care. The children are somewhat enigmatic, and not long after Rowan Caine arrives, strange, unsettling things start to happen that leave her tense and on edge. The extra chill here, though, comes from the fact that Rowan is telling her story from prison, where she awaits trial for murdering the children in her care. Did Rowan really kill the children? And if she did, why?

Like Ware's previous novel, The Death of Mrs WestawayThe Turn of the Key is a modern gothic chiller featuring a young woman, alone in the world, who finds herself in peril in a large, isolated house. This time, the house in question has been recently renovated by the owners, who are…

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