First of all, Rowen was Actually Rachel.
And Bill was her father. She took the job as their grandma to become familiar with her father and younger sisters.
It was Maddie who ended up dying. She had fallen out of Rowen’s window. Ellie wrote her a letter in jail confessing that it had been her that pushed Maddie out of the window. All the weird things that was happening at Heatherbrae was due to Maddie.
Back in The Turn of the crucial , Rowan gets a job as a stay-at-home nanny, working for a wealthy couple in their technologically-advanced house. On the other hand, the longer she is there, the more she’ll tell there’s signs that things feel a little off, from the misbehaving kids to the creepy garden of poisonous plants in the trunk. Soon, she hears from the locals and others regarding the numerous stories of death and murder at the house’s enigmatic past.
By the end, Rowan will find himself anticipating trail to the murder of a young child, but how she ends up where and why are the questions at the heart of the haunted house mystery.
From the book, the house in question was the typical haunted house with a storied and mysterious background, but has been gutted and upgraded to cutting edge technological criteria by the current family, the Elincourts.
Ware presents a updated version of the old Haunted House story.
Instead of creaky doors and candlelight blowing out, there’s technologies that malfunctions and consumer setting that are messed up so that lights do not turn on. Is it as creepy as the old fashioned version? Maybe not, but it is an intriguing twist on an old puzzle trope, so complete I had to sacrifice Ruth Ware props for attempting it.
As the mystery deepens, there are a great deal of interesting elements which get placed to the narrative.
Some are fairly typical like creepy attics and disembodied footsteps, but I believed the garden of poisonous plants was a particularly creative touch I haven’t encountered before, or at least not that I can recall.
Nevertheless, once the story concludes, it is a little anti-climactic. It makes sense pretty enough so I won’t completely discount it, but it doesn’t quite stick the end.
There’s two minor twists that aren’t entirely installed correctly. They don’t play with a place in the storyline and there is not enough hints throughout the book for it to feel like a real”show” The last twist (the conclusion to the novel ) is just okay.
It makes sense and is reasonably surprising, though it leaves so much of the other occasions in the publication to be chalked up as random coincidences or things that amount to nothing which it’s not entirely satisfying.
This one is tough, because I did think the storyline was intriguing and mysterious. And the ending makes sense at least which is always wonderful.
At precisely the same time, the ending really was sort of a let down. The resolution does not really have that satisfying feel when it comes together. There is a lot of details that seem as though they should be a part of this mystery but wind up just falling off as creepy coincidences at the end.
I guess I would still recommend this book for people who enjoy mystery-thrillers, but I would explain The Turn of the Key as a fairly run-of-the-mill entrance into this genre. I would definitely think about reading another Ruth Ware book later though, because I thought the writing was nice and the story was intriguing.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a haunted house story with a more solid finish, I would recommend Lock Every Door that came out earlier this season by Riley Sagar, over this one.
Still happy I read this one though!