Book reviews, Thriller

The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

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.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. 

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MY REVIEW 

24 year old Rowan Caine works for Little Nippers, a nursery in London. One day browsing she sees an advert for an incredibly well paid, live in nanny vacancy, working for the Elincourt family.

Bill and Sandra are architects who love in a remote area of Scotland….this is an opportunity too good to miss. So Rowan applies, her stunning CV should hopefully be enough…..

She is invited to Scotland for an interview and when she arrives, she realises how much she wants this position….the house is Victorian on the outside and almost futuristic on the inside…with the ever present Happy.

As she leaves, young Maddie whispers to warn her not to take the job, the ghosts wouldn’t like it…!

Rowan is offered the job, leaves her life in London and joins the Elincourt family….only for Bill and Sandra to leave on a works trip, so Rowan is left with Maddie, Ellie and Petra and of course Happy…the house automation, surveillance system. Oh and Jack the handyman…

What follows is a creepy tale, told from Rowan’s perspective and her letters to her solicitor……you see she has been accused of murdering one of the girls!! 

With the creepy house, footsteps in the attic, a poison garden and secrets, this is an incredibly intense, tension packed gothic thriller…..with a completely gasp inducing ending…..I loved it.

Thank you to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this for free. this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Classic Fiction, Crime thriller

The Decoy by Florrie Palmer – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In the rural English village of Heronsford, Eliza and Jay Armstrong live in the farmhouse Eliza was brought up in. Her now elderly mother lives in a small converted barn close by.

Surrounded by friends, the Armstrongs appear to have an idyllic life. But when two members of their social group die in suspicious circumstances, a cloud falls over the village. 

Are the deaths linked? And were they really accidents? 

One of the villagers believes they have the answers and is prepared to risk everything to get to the truth…

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MY REVIEW 

In the idyllic village of Heronsford, friends, family and neighbours regularly meet up for weekly socialising and the local pub…

There’s, Eliza and husband Jay and mum Annie, Actress Francesca, wealthy Bob and Stella, Kate and Hamish and Louise and Patrick.

One day Louise’ body is found in their pool and it’s thought possible suicide. Then Stella’s little dog is found dead in a pond….along with petty vandalism the villages takes a sinister turn and everyone is on edge…then another body is found …just  who wants these women dead and why?

This is not a fast paced read, but a slow burn, with a sense of tension cleverly building right up to the heartbreaking end. A classic english whodunnit.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here (only .99p too for Kindle at the moment )

https://amzn.to/2KIA9tK

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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One of the first British female singer-songwriters, Florrie’s songs have been recorded by many including Abba blonde Agnetha Faltskog, Manfred Mann, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Elaine Paige and Sheena Easton. Her biggest hits were recorded by Sheena Easton who hit the number one spot in America for 6 weeks with 9-5 (Morning Train) resulting in a platinum record followed by a number 12 with When He Shines.

In 1994, Florrie wrote a comic novel based on her experiences in the music business called Never Final Till it’s Vinyl.

The Decoy is her first venture into crime fiction. She is currently writing her second. Having lived in various English counties as well as the so