Welcome to Afterword, my new series of short reviews and final thoughts on books I’ve read recently.
As much as I love long, intricate reviews, they can be time consuming and intimidating to write. I honestly prefer the short, punchy nature of a listicle review. So that’s what you can expect from my Afterword series: a short review with just enough info to decide if it’s the right book for you.
Let’s get started!
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
When Rowan Caine sees the ad for a nanny job in the remote Scottish highlands, the salary alone seems too good to be true. But when she enters the beautifully updated smart home, things quickly begin to fall apart. And in the end, a child will be dead, and Rowan will be on trial for murder.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m a total wimp when it comes to horror, thrillers, or anything too scary. I especially can’t handle books that involve stalkers, murderers, or psychopaths doing shady stuff. (Basically, I’ll never read You by Caroline Kepnes or watch the show).
This book was hovering right on the edge of being too intense for me. I literally couldn’t put it down for two days, and there were times when my heart rate was super elevated.
If you’re the kind of person who eats Stephen King for breakfast and lives on true crime like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this book might be a little tame for you. But if you’re a wimpy like me, The Turn of the Key will have the perfect amount of thrills.
Here’s what I loved: The setting was eerie and atmospheric. The plot revealed itself little by little (with plenty of creepy thrills along the way). And the resolution was satisfying, if a little rushed. The entire book was so fast-paced that I would have happily read a little more explanation at the end. I also especially appreciated that the resolution didn’t involve any true paranormal activity.
I recommend this book if:
- You like a strong sense of atmosphere
- You’re fascinated with the way technology can be used for nefarious purposes
- You like twists, turns, and big reveals in a plot
- You don’t mind being inside one character’s head for the majority of the book
Bottom line, if you like a little bit of scary in your life, or you’re already a fan of Ruth Ware, this is a great book—just maybe not late at night!