AUTHOR: Ruth Ware
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Psychological Fiction
# OF PAGES: 352
From the minute I picked up this book, I was instantly hooked. My husband originally me the ‘Woman in Cabin 10’ for my birthday last year and getting me hooked with Ruth Ware was the best and worst mistake he’s made.
Ruth Ware’s latest suspense novel has a lot to measure up to. Its predecessor, “The Death of Mrs. Westaway,” was one of the best mystery novels of 2018, brilliantly repurposing just about every cobwebby prop in the Gothic warehouse, including a disputed inheritance, a crumbling ancestral mansion and a terrified-but-plucky young heroine. Ware sets expectations even higher by burdening her new novel with a brazen title: “The Turn of the Key.” What kind of suspense writer would be so reckless as to invoke Henry James’s masterpiece of terror and ambiguity and expect to see her own work do anything but suffer in the comparison?
We readers know that 27-year-old governess Rowan Caine is in torment from the very first pages. Ware introduces her through a series of letters she’s writing to a renowned barrister from the prison cell where she’s languishing. Rowan has been charged with the murder of one of the four children who’d been under her care. Rowan’s story unfolds in halting fashion through these letters, in which she describes how she came to take the position at Heatherbrae House in the remote Scottish Highlands and how things turned ghastly as soon as her employers — a posh couple with their own architecture practice — depart the premises to attend a faraway trade show
As the story unfolds, we see that Rowan is not who she originally says she is and is constantly finding herself feeling like she has to watch over her shoulder. In a modern meets Victorian house, she discovers secrets in this house and feels like something or someone is out to get her. Over the course of this suspense novel, Rowan gets involved in a predicament which ultimately ends her up in jail.
If you are into suspense fiction, buy this book immediately. You will find yourself hung on every word until you are regretting reading it too quickly. I was dying to know what happened next and finished this book in the matter of just a few days. I was NOT expecting it to end in the way it did, but was pleasantly (poor choice of wording?) surprised.