I’m writing this book review fresh from reading. I mean quite literally I put the book down about 7 minutes ago, sat in shock and awe for a good five and then ran to my computer, my fingers already tingling about the magical things I NEEDED to tell anyone who would listen.
“The Turn of the Key.”
Wow. Suspenseful. Menacing. Intoxicating.
I mean…wow. Ruth didn’t have to go that hard but I promise you she did and when I say she SLAPPED, she SLAPPED. Hit it out of the park. Made my heart race, made me question my sanity, made me cry.
For those who don’t know who Ruth Ware is, she’s a #1 New York Times Bestselling author who knows a thing (or a thousand) about writing mystery novels. And this isn’t your normal stuff people. This is the type of writing that will make your skin crawl. That will give you goosebumps. That will make you search your room nervously, paranoid at 4 in the morning, even though you’re wrapped up warm in a blanket in your cozy bed next to your boyfriend. She wrote the books that people are still raving about like “The Woman in Cabin 10” and “In a Dark, Dark Wood.”
So when I saw she had another book coming out, I waited VERY impatiently for it to come to the library and managed to snatch it up right before the pandemic hit. Praise be. And from the first page, I was hooked.
You see she’s really good at that. Hooking you from the start. Throwing you right into the middle, or the end, of the story so that before she actually starts to tell it you already have 2 million questions. It’s honestly….diabolically delicious and its what keeps avid readers like me coming back for me.
Like, let me just flip to a random page in the book and I’ll write out a sentence to show you what I mean. Here we go.
“I don’t know what I was expecting. To see the handle turn? For someone — something — to emerge?”– Ruth Ware
I mean are you kiiiidddiiinnnggg me. And that’s just the start, my friends. That’s just the start. The rest is like that. It’s so detailed yet so simple anyone can understand what’s going on. Or at least she makes you think you understand what’s going on. It took me until the LAST PAGE to finally pull it together.
So is this book for those who are looking for a fun tale of mystery but light at the end of the tunnel? That’s a negative ghost rider. BUT, if there was a book for anyone to get out of their comfort zone and read, IT NEEDS TO BE THIS ONE.
I’ll give you a summary, but it’ll be quick because you can find that anywhere. A nanny is hired and basically, shit hits the fan. Creeps. Ghosts. Crying Babies. Too Perfect Marriages. A beautiful Victorian house in the Scottish Highlands that has a secret, deadly garden. It’s absolute madness, crafted perfectly.
That’s probably why I was drawn to the characters and topic in the first place. I’ve been a nanny and the job this one gets seems too good to be true. I’ve always wanted to travel to Scotland and I feel like its such a magical place. I’ve also read one of Ware’s books before and I knew it was going to be another spellbinding ride.
Maybe it’s how she puts you right in the center of whatever the hell is going on. Maybe it’s how she gives you a clue and you think maybe for a second you see it coming but in the end, you’re like “What the fuck?!” and yes, I said that out loud multiple times while reading. Ask Kyle. Scouts honor.
Maybe it’s how by the middle of every one of her books, I’m lost in this rabbit hole. I’m torn between wanting to put it down because I’m literally so confused and frustrated but I can’t put it down because what the hell else can happen to make this any worse or creepy? I’m trying to be a detective while soaking in all the little details she drops about characters that at first don’t seem important but in the end, would have led you RIGHT TO the answer, you just didn’t look hard enough.
Which I guess, at least for me, is the whole point of her books. Especially this one. It makes you question everything you know. It makes you think about people differently. It makes you use even the darkest parts of your mind and come face to face with exactly what people (even sometimes innocent ones) are capable of doing to protect themselves and others.
It’s quite…well I’m getting goosebumps writing about it. And I can’t wait for the next book she decides to write so that I can read that one in 36 hours like I did this one. But until then I need YOU to go read it. Even if you don’t like reading, what else are you doing during quarantine? Exactly.
And when you read it I need you to come back and tell me how messed up you are, how you can’t believe what you just read, how the words literally killed you and brought you back to life, so that I can talk with someone about the magical powers of Ruth Ware’s writing.
Drink Water. Stay Weird. And go download this book right the hell now. Here’s the Amazon link 🙂