Years ago, I read an article about up-and-coming authors in the psychological thriller genre. Shortly after, I came across one of those debut novels in a bookstore and snapped it up. The rest, as they say, is history. In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware became one of the novels that rekindled my love for the genre and Ruth Ware became one of my auto-buy authors: no thanks, I don’t need to know what it’s about, just give it to me *grabby hands*
Although all her novels are at least four-star reads for me, In A Dark, Dark Wood remained my favourite Ruth Ware novel until last year’s The Death of Mrs Westaway, which was the most glorious combo of Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier vibes, it ticked all my boxes and just writing about it makes me want to read it again!
And so I’m waiting. On Wednesday and every other day of the week for many more weeks to come, because the new Ruth Ware will be out in August, which, if I’m not mistaken, is a bit later in the year than her books are usually out. However, I know The Turn of the Key will be well worth the wait and in the meantime, I’ll just stare at these pretty covers while I wait for August to come 😂
This is what Goodreads says about The Turn of the Key:
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.
It was everything.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
That DOES sounds enticing, doesn’t it! Are you waiting for The Turn of the Key too? Or are you waiting on Wednesday for another bookish treat? Let me know below so we can wait together, after all, misery likes company 😉