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Review: The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key 
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501188770,  August 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

I needed a book that I could not put down and this was it.

The Rest of It:

Nanny stories are quite popular. Add a supernatural element, difficult kids, weird parents and a big, spooky house and you have a winner. Now add technology. I mean, cameras, apps, smart refrigerators and TVs and you up the creep factor by 100%.

Rowan finds the nanny position of a lifetime. A high-paying, live-in gig that will take her to the beautiful Scottish moors. The house is unique. An old Victorian in the front, but the back half of the house is all gleaming and new, outfitted with the latest technology. At first, Rowan is impressed by this. Sandra and Bill, architects by trade, restored what they could but re-imagined the rest but all of its gadgetry proves to be a bit much for Rowan when she is immediately tasked with watching the children for ten days while the parents are at a business conference.

Did I mention that the last four nannies all left within a two-year period? Or that the house has a history of death and violence? Or that some in the town believe it to be haunted?

This was such a fun book to read. I was completely immersed and could not turn those pages fast enough. It’s sufficiently creepy and keeps you guessing with all its plot twists. The ending felt a tad rushed but overall, I really enjoyed this one and found it to be really entertaining and fun. I read it in one day. A work day, which should tell you something.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: Reading Frenzy

Sunday Matters

I’m not big on reading goals but last year’s modest goal was missed by half. FAIL! This year, I am just working my way through all my review copies and so far, so good. I am about to begin book four of the year. I am also sprinkling in buzzy reads to keep my interest up.

Right Now:

My first week back was pretty good. By the end of the week I was grumpy and my body hurt from sitting all day long. It’s like my body forgot how to do that. But a lot of people were out so I was able to return without a fuss. Nice and quiet. That said, this mama is tired this morning. I am volunteering in a bit but the rest of the day is mine.

Also, my daughter had her first behind-the-wheel driving lesson this morning!

This Week:

Ladies and gents, we have hit production week #1 for Annie. Each show, we get better at handling it. This time, because of my daughter’s role, she needs to be at the theatre so early that it conflicts with school. This presents a problem for the obvious reason but also because she still isn’t driving on her own. We will get through it. The managing of meals, transportation and the like need to be handled day by day or it’s too overwhelming for her and I to figure out.


I am about to pick book #5 of the year. It will probably be this one, The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson.

The Other Mrs. Miller


I haven’t been able to watch anything.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I am not big into makeup but the one thing I must have is mascara and I don’t like to pay a lot of money for it. The last brand I had, Lash Paradise made my lashes so clumpy. The wand was totally lame and did nothing to separate,  just added huge clumps to my lashes.

So, the other day in desperation I picked up a cheap, Cover Girl brand (Clump Crusher) and so far, it’s pretty darn good. I love the wand. No raccoon eyes.

Grateful for:

Bright blue skies.
Crisp mornings.
Page-turning reads.

How is your weekend going?