The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware
Thriller, mystery, psychological, domestic, Suspense, fiction.
Rowan got caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was put in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. The story told through letters to Mr. Wexham, she asks for help in clearing her name. She tells him how she got to the present circumstance. Rowan saw an advertisement for a live-in nanny that came with good pay and benefits. She decides to send her resume and plan to meet Sandra and the kids she would be taking care of. The kids and other people warned her of the haunted stories of the house. In these letters, she provides details of what occurred during her time at the Heatherbrae House. The truth comes out and unnerving.
This novel was intriguing and fast paced. Nothing that Ruth Ware had written before and I love the style of letters rather than just traditional forms of storytelling. This was fresh and enjoyable. However, the idea of a woman being in the wrong place at the wrong time was a bit of an overused cliché. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and hoping to read more Ruth Ware novels.
The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
Psychological thriller, horror, fiction.
A group of teenage girls at a boarding school become
best of friends and create a game called the Lying Game. It has some rules that
are common sense to have. An incident happens and the four girls part ways. As
adults, they all are called for a meeting because of that incident. Now they
have no choice but to continue to lie so that they don’t get into trouble. It
is a fight to make themselves look as innocent as possible. When the truth
comes out, someone was murdered, and it is a fight to escape.
This novel was fine and well written. Didn’t really
understand the plot much and it confused me of what happened. Ruth Ware has
other great novels, this one wasn’t the best Ware’s written. This review is
short because I don’t know what else to say. Don’t lie to anyone because lying
is wrong. That is the main message of this novel. Lying has consequences and
those consequences can be severe. I did like the thrilling scenes that did
occur in this novel. Wasn’t happy with the ending though.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
Inheritance, succession, suspense, fiction, thriller
A young woman by the name of Hal works as a tarot
reader just to get by with paying bills and such. She is presented with a
letter saying she must come forward to receive some sort of inherited money
from a deceased family member. The awful twist is that she doesn’t recognize
the name and knew the little family she had, all passed away. Hal not only
struggling to make ends meet, but during this horrible timing, Mr. Smith, a man
whom she borrowed money from, sends a messenger to her to tell her Mr. Smith
wants his money back. Hal does an impulse move, respond to the letter by
showing up. Even though she has no connection to these people, this might be a
shot at getting at something or fail horribly. Hal has come to terms that these
strangers might be her actual family and that her recently deceased mother had
never spoken of them. There is a possibility that her mother might’ve been
connected to this family. Hal is faced with a sudden realization that she knows
she doesn’t belong and is about to embark on fraudulent journey and solve the
mystery of this situation as well.
I think I have read another novel that Ruth Ware had
written, In A Dark, Dark Wood, and
enjoyed her suspenseful story telling. At first the book was slow and
depressing but things got a bit thrilling when Hal is being chased after by
money sharks as well as receiving a possible small fortune from a deceased
person whom she has no connection to or possible connection. I love how the
book slowly builds up. Also, I had binged read this novel because it made me
want to read more and more about what would be the outcome of this scenario
that Hal was put in. Totally worth rereading again and I highly recommend this