Friday, February 19, 2021

overBOOKed to Read: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I never thought that a book set in a modern-day "smart house" would send chills up my spine, but in The Turn of the Key, Heatherbrae House, a Victorian mansion tricked out with every modern convenience and run by an app, did just that. This is the house where Rowan Caine comes to live when she accepts a job as a nanny for the four Elincourt children. While the position at first seems ideal, Rowan soon finds herself alone with the children in a malfunctioning smart house, out of her depth and, slowly, being run out of her mind. The book begins where the story ends, with a child dead and Rowan in prison. She claims she is innocent of murder. But if Rowan didn't do it, who did?

Inspired by Henry James' supremely creepy The Turn of the Screw, this modern thriller starts out slow, but Ruth Ware ratchets up the tension chapter by chapter with her descriptions of the isolating Scottish highlands and the inexplicable malfunctions within the house. Read this book for chills and thrills; it just might change your mind about the convenience of technology.

Join the overBOOKed book club for a virtual discussion of this title on Thursday, March 18, at 10:00 a.m. OverBOOKed meets virtually every third Thursday of the month. Register here to receive your GoToMeeting link to join the discussion!

The eBook and eAudiobook versions of The Turn of the Key are available through OverDrive. Anyone with a Forsyth County Library card can sign up for a free OverDrive account. Sign up for a free card today and start enjoying FCPL's digital catalog from wherever you are!

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Leslie said...

Oooh, this sounds fantastic! I listened to The Turn of the Screw as an eAudiobook last fall and loved it, but I bet a modern take will be even creepier. Alexa, call 911!

Alicia said...

I enjoyed this book and Turn of the Screw by Henry James too!