Title: Turn of the Key, The
Authors: Ware, Ruth
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 340
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: The Elincourt family and Heatherbrae House, a beautiful mansion in the Scottish Highlands, have not lived up to expectations for Rowan Cain and her four predecessors. The live-in nanny job with Bill, Sandra and their daughters should be as amazing as it initially appears, but that is before reality sinks in: Rowan is under constant surveillance, the children are less-than-angelic, the parents are AWOL more often than not, and the 'smart' house isn't so smart after all.

Writing to a prospective lawyer from her prison cell, Rowan recounts her experiences with the family that led to her being accused of a murder she claims she didn't commit.

With a nod to the Henry James classic, The Turn of the Screw, this is a hard-to-put-down haunted house thriller, delightfully atmospheric and bristling with menace.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, Scotland, 2021 Titles


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By: MARTO 001 2021-05-21 11:19:43
Most read the book - a bit of a mixed reaction. Not the best read - a holiday read.

By: NELS 015 2021-05-21 11:17:50
This was not a particularly popular book; while we thought it was well-written, it was quite far-fetched in places and not believable. We felt there were some scenes that didn't add up, however we did have a good discussion especially about artificial intelligence and the rather creepy 'smart house' in the book.

By: AUCK 143 2021-05-21 10:25:48
Only about half the group finished the book, but there was a long and lively discussion about it.

By: AUCK 015 2021-05-21 10:25:04
An easy compelling read, enjoyed by everyone in our group. Ware built up the tension throughout the story masterfully, with several twists and turns, and possibly false leads, for the reader who was predicting the storyline. An excellent, modern thriller.

By: CHCH 312 2021-05-21 10:22:30
Everyone read this book - an interesting read that kept you going to the end. Also an interesting mix of characters, location and technology, combining in a 'thriller' type story.

By: CHCH 257 2021-05-21 10:20:44
Some did not enjoy this dark thriller but all appreciated the author's ability to write a complex, confusing and frightening story about fear. Lots of discussion about complex characters and computer technology ie."smart house".

By: CROMW 003 2021-05-21 10:18:23
Everyone finished or wanted to read all the story. Thought there were a lot of gaps in the storyline, but feasible. Technology brilliant. Lots of very good discussion from the given questions.

By: ASHB 016 2021-05-20 16:52:35
We all liked this story. A couple thought it was a bit slow but the ending was great. A couple found it quite scary, especially as they mostly read at night. Had a great twist at the end, that none of us saw coming. Most found it creepy how there were cameras in most rooms and they could phone and start talking with no indication - created a lot of discussion about technology and how the world is changing. Accepted that this is more likely to become normal although we were all a little freaked out by it. Great story and easy to read with plenty of twists.

By: GISB 012 2021-03-22 13:08:27
A light, easy read more akin to a Sunday Theatre television programme. Our group didn't rate it highly and would not recommend it to others.

By: TAUR 004 2021-03-22 13:05:18
Twists and turns in the last few chapters. A good light holiday read. The first half of the book was a bit drawn out. Most members enjoyed it. One hated it!

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