I know you don’t know me but you have to help me.I didn’t kill anyone.
When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she 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 her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.
She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…
I read The Turn Of the Key this morning. I meant to start it but then oops I accidentally also finished it because it was completely utterly addictive.
Rowan is in jail, desperately writing her story down in a letter to a well known lawyer, begging him to take her case. She is accused in the death of a child but her tale is strange and scary….
This was intensely atmospheric, the isolated location, the randomly behaving “smart house”, the weirdly odd children…all of it as Rowan’s tale unfolds leaving the reader more and more off kilter. It is a ghost story but not the traditional ghostly kind…
I loved it. It was a tangled web slowly unravelling before your eyes, as secrets are revealed and we head towards an emotionally resonant finale- I was hook line and sinkered first word to last and I doubt I’ll forget it anytime soon. In fact I expect to be pondering it for quite a while.
Clever and beautifully written. Just how I like them.