The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Enjoyable, twisty story. This is one of my favorite Ruth Ware books to date.
I listened to the story on Audible, read by Imogen Church, one of my favorite narrators. I’ve found that the narrators make a significant difference in my level of enjoyment of an audiobook, so I tend to choose books Ms. Church has narrated. My one regret about listening to this instead of actually reading it is that the last few pages were SO IMPORTANT when it comes to the elaborate twistiness of the entire plot. It would have been easier to flip back and forth a few times to make sure I fully understood the absolutely delicious (well, at least in storytelling terminology) outcome.
Ms. Ware tells a story about British and Scottish characters in the middle of nowhere Scotland (which actually sounds like a lovely place). Being a dark and twisty book, there are plenty of bumps in the night, plotlines with their roots tightly wrapped around each other but hiding way beneath the surface, and bits and pieces of fabulous fictional folklore mixed in – everything you would expect from a novel set on a vast estate in an untamed part of Scotland. I’m not big into sharing plot in these comments, but if you enjoy a good suspenseful story, I highly recommend Ms. Ware’s ‘The Turn of the Key.’
What I didn’t love about the book it that is happened in a very brief time period with the description of minutes feeling like days upon end. I felt emotionally and physically exhausted from listening to the story because it seemed the poor central character never got to sleep or mentally relax. I think this story would have been ok and still maintained plot integrity if it had stretched out over at least a month! But to finish that thought, it’s the holidays and I work full time and have three children, so maybe I’m just actually exhausted…
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Until next time, happy reading!
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