This is why you need to add ‘The Turn of the Key’ to your winter reading list

I don’t purchase books too often, but when I do, it’s typically because I have a hunch that the book in question will be one that endures several re-reads from me, based on what I can pull from the synopsis.

And that’s exactly what’s happened with a book I recently snagged from Indigo’s titled ‘The Turn of the Key.’

Written by number-one New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware, ‘The Turn of the Key’ depicts the story of Rowen, a young adult who takes on her dream nannying position. Set in the U.K., Rowen leaves her current job to pursue a position she found online involving being a nanny for three young children, and despite her apprehensions towards the position, she dives in head first, eager to begin a new journey in her life.

Upon beginning her nannying position, Rowen quickly learns that the position and the family she is nannying for aren’t exactly what she initially perceived them to be. In addition to having three reluctant, manipulative children to care for, Rowen soon becomes overwhelmed with the questionable behaviour and instructions from the parents, and further, the bizarre happenings that begin to occur in the house. Unsure if her mind is playing tricks on herself or whether or not there is a supernatural presence with her in the home, things take a turn for the worst when one of the children is murdered and Rowen is held accountable.

As soon as I started to read this book, I had difficulty putting it down. Ware’s writing is impeccable, and her ability to weave suspense and suspicion throughout the novel is a fine indication of how talented this woman is. This book is creepy, startling, mind-bending and eerie, and its 336 pages are absolutely worth the read. You can check it out for yourself here.

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