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Turn of the Key
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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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craftysilicate
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As is usual with Ruth Ware's work, I really enjoyed this book; I thought it did an excellent job of building tension with minor details. I'll admit that this time I wasn't totally satisfied with the resolution--one thing goes unelaborated that I'd like to know--and a few times I found myself questioning why Rowan couldn't just go back to sleep. But these are minor complaints and it was still worth the read.

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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
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I was on edge while reading this entire book! I just could not relax. I imagine that‘s how our main character felt as well. This one was good!!! Never knew quite who to trust, and maybe I should have, but I honestly didn‘t see that end coming!

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craftysilicate
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Of course as soon as I'm making progress on The Stack a bunch of my library books come in. But I can't actually be annoyed because I've been waiting for this one forever. I love Ruth Ware and I can't wait to dig into this.

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Cafelicien
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Catching up on the pile I put together last year

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MadDashReading
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🗝Loved this book! I was still putting all of the puzzle pieces together well after I turned the last page, and (quite frankly) it broke my heart. Comes with a beautifully crafted gothic setting, modern influences, some drama, and plenty of moments of intensity. Modern goth is alive and well! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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j9brown
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Ahaha, she got me, I didn't expect that ending! This was a page-turner, and while I read it very quickly, I was only a little invested, I had the same issues with this that I do with most books in this genre (eye rolling decisions, frivolous misunderstandings that are treated like important mysteries, etc), it's just not really my thing. But the ending was genuinely surprising, so, extra points! And I liked the format. Would read more from her.

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MadDashReading
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I CANNOT put this down! It is all kinds of modern gothic wonderfulness. It reminds me a bit of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House (their adaptation, not Jackson's original). Apologies to the two books I put on the back burner while I inhale this one. 🤷‍♀️ Ware is new to me. I don't know why I waited so long. Reading from my TBR pile is working out well. 😊

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alisonrose
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Agree w/ many readers that this is Ware‘s best work thus far. Atmosphere was superb, eerie & unsettling, & you end up forgiving Rowan for giving into the “ghosts” theory. Her frustration w/the kids & not-so-smart “Smart Home” was believable. Saw the 1st twist coming but still liked it. Didn‘t predict the end but also didn‘t fully like it. Required a lot of suspension of disbelief, as did a few other issues earlier on. But very page-turny! 3/5 ⭐️

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MadDashReading
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🗝Between volleyball games🏐...don't mind if I do...📚

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MelKelsey
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7: I listened to this ghost story/murder mystery written as a letter from prison by the main character, a nanny, to a lawyer, in order to exonerate herself from the murder of one of her charges. It was engaging, and I would recommend the author. There were surprising twists and turns; I especially liked the very last one. My complaint is the author's conflation of the resolution, making it out to be more complex than it is.

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alisonrose
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Haven‘t read a good thriller in a while and it seems like most people, however they‘ve felt about Ruth Ware‘s previous books, have enjoyed this one, so that‘s a good sign! #nowreading

lele1432 I really enjoyed this one on audio. Hope it‘s good in print! 1w
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Booklover2
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Dark, twisty tale set in the highland of Scotland in a creepy hybrid mansion along with poison garden, nanny, creepy children. Extremely atmospheric who done it!
#jumpstart2020

Clwojick This ones been on my shelf for a while, and I need to get to it soon! 1w
Booklover2 I was pleasantly surprised. Now I‘m ready to read her again 1w
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JacqMac
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Ruth Ware is so hit or miss for me. I really thought I was going to like this one. It was a great buildup. But that ending. So rushed and unfinished. It just wasn‘t worth it. I have so many questions. It left me feeling frustrated.

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JacqMac
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Today‘s situation. We woke up and the windchill was -41. I called the kids in sick and gave them a “it‘s too cold to worry about getting to and from school” day. I drove the hubby to work, but the cold gave him a migraine, and I had to go back and pick him up. Now everyone is home safe, so I‘m relaxing with some hot tea and a book.

Bookwormjillk Negative 41! My car probably wouldn‘t even run. 1w
CaitlinR Great book to read on a snow day. 1w
Nikki_E I love those slippers! 1w
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LiteraryinLititz Glad everyone is home and cozy! 💜 1w
GypsyKat Everything about this looks so cozy. Stay warm! ❤️ 1w
Kimberlone Have a nice day! My dad used to let us have a “stay home day” every once in awhile, which I have fond memories of. 1w
JacqMac @Bookwormjillk Mine started, but not without protest. The poor little thing. 1w
JacqMac @CaitlinR I‘m enjoying it. She‘s hit or miss for me, but I like it so far. 1w
JacqMac @Nikki_E Thanks. They are nice and warm. And cute. My hubby gave them to me for Christmas. 1w
JacqMac @LiteraryinLititz Me too. I worry when they are all out in the cold. 1w
JacqMac @GypsyKat We are trying. There are blankets everywhere. lol 1w
JacqMac @Kimberlone Thanks. I try to give them one once a year, when it‘s just unbearable out there. I hope they have happy memories of them, too. 1w
Mdargusch That‘s so cold! 1w
Eggs Uhhhhh 41 below 🥶 You obviously did the right thing!!!!! 1w
BookNAround That is ridiculously cold. When I was in high school and we had a day that didn‘t deserve our attendance, we called it a personal snow day. No actual snow even required. 1w
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laurenslibrary
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When Rowan Caine lands a gig as a live-in nanny for a wealthy family, she thinks she has found her dream job. But when the “smart house“ begins acting strangely and she begins to hear noises in that attic, she suspects there might be something sinister in her new home.
I loved this book! Creepy and suspenseful and totally up my alley!
Read my full review here: http://bit.ly/2Rbve85

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one!! 2w
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grumpygirlbooks
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Just got the next book for the mark up book club! 📚 ❤️ This is one I‘ve wanted to read for awhile, so I‘m excited to start! Hopefully I can spend a big chunk of tomorrow reading!

Lovesbooks87 Yay! Enjoy! 2w
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Jess7
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Starting my 5th book of 2020. I‘m about 1/4 of the way into this one, and I‘m already jumpy. This atmospheric thriller is perfectly creepy so far! Have you read this one? What did you think?

2020 books read:
Becoming. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You are Not Alone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Family Upstairs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The First Mistake ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#goodreadschallenge #theturnofthekey #ruthware #thriller #thegreeneyedreader #currentlyreading

UnabridgedPod I really liked this one! I listened (via Scribd) and though the audio was excellent. 2w
JacqMac It‘s in my library stack. I‘m looking forward to it. 2w
Mccall0113 Meh. Lack luster 2w
MyNamesParadise I listened to the audio and I found it to be really long and drawn out. It wasn‘t suspenseful to me. 2w
Jess7 Update: overall — this book was just ok. It felt pretty drawn out, but that said, I liked the ending. 3 or 3.5 stars. 1w
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mydearwatson
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Have you read this? WHAT THE HECK HAPPENS TO ROWAN?!?!

Rowan Caine applies for a dream nannying job in Scotland, but is it too good to be true? Apparently, since the novel starts with her writing letters from a Scottish prison to a barrister. But is what happened cause by the supernatural or something closer to her new home?

Full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/the-turn-of-the-key/.

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laurenslibrary
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1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
2. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
3. Read one book at a time instead of starting 10 and taking a month to finish one.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Mccall0113
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Ringing in the new year with this. Hope it picks up soon!

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I realized that I had not reviewed this book when I read it.
I thought I had this book all figured out (yawn). And then I didn't. 😲
I am a fan of Ruth Ware. Her books (mostly) are tense and captivating; this book has turned out to be one of my favorites of hers. It was really fun to read.
All I can say is read it. You won't be sorry, but you will be surprised.
I received a free copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Hooked_on_books I really like her, too! 4w
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Miss_Gilmore
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I liked this one better than The Women in Cabin 10 but that‘s not saying much. There were parts that I was really into and got a little spooked but I am not sure I like the way it ended. What were your thoughts on this book?

Dan_1988 I‘ve read The death of Mrs Westaway and The woman in cabin 10. How‘s this one? 3w
Miss_Gilmore @Dan_1988 I thought it was better than The Woman in Cabin 10. Parts of the book gave me the creeps but the ending was not for me. I don‘t think I am Ruth Ware fan. 3w
Dan_1988 Ahh sorry to hear that. I don‘t mind her. Need to read more though, to make my mind up. 3w
Miss_Gilmore @Dan_1988 I will probably try again! 3w
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Songbird72
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A great vacation read. It has several twists I didn‘t see coming. Nothing earth-shattering but still enjoyable.

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emmaturi
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I am reading this now. I started reading Big Sky but it wasn't for me. I usually like Ruth Ware and this is no exception. #currentlyreading

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Read.Em.And.Eat
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In true Ruth Ware tradition, this book really kept me on my toes. There were a few twists and turns that I really didn't see coming. The reviews were definitely mixed on this one, but I gave it 4 🌟s. The only thing that gets me a little is I feel like there were a few things left unanswered or wrapped up too neatly.

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MyNamesParadise
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Panpan

Listened to the audio & this was a disappointment. The format of being a letter written to the lawyer was the wrong approach. There was hardly any “suspense”. So much of the it was boring. Things started to pick up on the final disc & then what was revealed didn‘t fully make sense or leave me w/ a “wow” factor. This is the 2nd book I‘ve read by Ware, the 1st being In A Dark, Dark Wood, which was so much better. I‘ll be cautious w/her future books

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Juliethope
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The couple of rainy days were perfect for this cozy and engrossing read. I truly enjoyed it and I flew through the pages. Delving deeper into the wonder of paranoia, paranormal, and the sneaking new threat of “smart devices” as friend or foe. That final touch added a modern layer to a well loved premise. #bibliophile #Turnofthekey #lovereading #ruthware

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KerriArista
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Nice and spooky. But nothing gross. I loved Ruth Ware‘s first book (In a Dark, Dark Wood) but haven‘t liked ones that came after as well... until this one. Hard to put down. Not to say it‘s without flaws. But it was fun reading for sure!

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Read.Em.And.Eat
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Holy Crap! I'm back! The blog is back! I MISSED YOU ALL SO MUCH!

I dug into this one yesterday, after having preordered it and totally forgotten about it. I'm about 50% of the way through and LOVING IT.

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Bakingbookworm
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4 ⭐️- If you‘re looking for a Gothic, edge-of-your-seat read set in a beautiful but isolated setting then you‘ll want to read The Turn of the Key. It gave me the chills.

Tense, wonderfully creepy and my favourite Ruth Ware book to date.

My review: http://bit.ly/TurnOfTheKey

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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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Ok so this book started off decent, then it got boring for me, then towards the end it finally picked up.
It did give me some claustrophobic vibes reading it at times, and the main character Rowan was the first protagonist I was drawn to in quite a while. (Last few books the leading “ladies” were outdated)
If your into books that have some thriller vibes, and add in a smart house, then give this book a shot!
#wintergames #tbrread @Crimson613

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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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I got busy past few days but I‘m finishing this tonight! 🤗🤗 I‘m nervous lol can u tell?

#wintergames #tbrread #tmskellington @Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

Crimson613 1pt! Nice, is the book nerve-wracking? 2mo
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Rissa1
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🤯 Mind blown🤯
This book really had me. At one point my husband asked what was wrong, nothing was wrong, just blown away by twists and turns. #TBR #tmskellington @Crimson613

Cortg My book club will be reading this one soon and now I can't wait!
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Karisa Now on my tbr. Thanks! 2mo
Crimson613 16pts!! Now I have to read it :D 2mo
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Rissa1
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Crimson613 6pts! I love that this looks like it has glitter :D 2mo
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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Cuddled in bed with my hot cocoa with marshmallows and whip cream, with my current book.
Admittedly this book did start off slow for me, but it slowly builds up.
While it‘s snowing I get to do my favorite thing, and off of work tomorrow ❤️❤️

#tmskellington #wintergames @crimson613 @clwojick @staycurious #tbrread

Crimson613 1pt! Sounds like you'll have some reading time tomorrow to finish that up 👌👌 2mo
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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@Crimson613 getting to read this book after I preordered it and kept it on my tbr book shelf. Now for winter games I will stop procrastinating!

#tmskellington #wintergames @crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious #tbrread

Crimson613 1pt, can't wait for the review :D 2mo
Clwojick Way to go! ♥️♥️ 2mo
lele1432 I really enjoyed this one! The audio version was especially well done. 2mo
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader @lele1432 I could never get into audiobooks. I keep trying, but I can‘t focus. Lol I have to read it myself 🤷🏻‍♀️ maybe one day 2mo
lele1432 Lol I can understand that! I have to be able to focus or I'm constantly rewinding because I miss things! 2mo
Curly_Caffeinated_Reader @lele1432 yessssss that‘s me lol then I give up and just get the book 2mo
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Rissa1
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This is how I will be making it through today. I am at my in laws for a late Thanksgiving, we were here early this morning because my husband is helping cook. My 2 kids (10 & 7) want to play but it is rainy and windy outside, there grandfather is a grouch old man, and their 30 something Uncle is freaking out because he is trying to sleep in the basement and people are walking on the floor. I need a drink and it is only 10am.

Slajaunie Good Love club to you! ☹️ 2mo
marleed Hang in there. Hopefully there will be one funny family thing that will have your kids recalling it in another 20 years. 2mo
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Rissa1
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Book✔
Warm lighting ✔
Wine✔
Snuggly kitten✔
White noise✔
My night is perfect. #Cindercat

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Rissa1
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I mean can it get cuter than this? #Cindercat

Karisa 😻😻😻 Maximum level cat cuteness reached! 2mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Simmering suspense. Creative creepiness. Ghastly, Gothic atmosphere. More please!

BTW - This book was a bit heavy on the exposition. I don't mind it, but would love to know how my fellow Litsens feel about it?

Tamra Oh this is a terrific introvert reader door knob!! 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm @tamra I want to make a fake one I can pull over the door knob for when I'm reading. Fake so I can pull it off when I'm expecting a book delivery! 😆 2mo
Suet624 @Tamra 😂😂😂 2mo
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yvo_about_books
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Spending my evening flying through The Turn Of The Key... This book is giving me serious Mama (the horror movie) vibes!! 😱😱 Definitely loving it so far. ❤

BookDragonNotWorm I'm finishing this one tonight! Can't put it down, it's so good! 💙👻 2mo
yvo_about_books @BookDragonNotWorm same here! I have about 70 minutes left according to my kindle, and I won't stop reading until I discover what is exactly going on in that house. 😱👻 2mo
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Kempfme
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Unpredictable and exciting. Ware always writes the best stories.

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emmaturi
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Day 22 - #gratefulreads - favoriteauthor - too hard and plus I couldn't say just one. I have liked all her books, still to read this one.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this one!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read all her books but I‘ve really liked the ones I have! 2mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A mystery, where part of the unknown is what happened (crime and all). It was nice and creepy and atmospheric. And there were two twists I didn‘t see coming, which is always fun.

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JennyM
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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A pretty spooky tale of a nanny, an old house, and a dead child. Nothing whiz-bang but a good palate cleaner between heavier reads.

Megabooks I have this from the library now! 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks it‘s a quick easy read. Might be quite a good one to read while you recover x 2mo
batsy I love your description! "Nothing whiz bang but a good palate cleaner" can be such undemanding, fun reads :) 2mo
JennyM @batsy yep, it was a quick read that kept me entertained for a few days, but will remember nothing about it in a few weeks 🤣 2mo
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2pirates1princess
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I usually don‘t like when someone reads over my shoulder. He gets a pass. #catsoflitsy

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paulareadsallthetime
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Panpan

Very disappointed in this book. I would not have finished it if I had not listened to the audiobook. The author seemed to be trying to scare the reader or at least be creepy. She failed miserably.

vivastory Ha! I agree. This one didn't work for me. 2mo
paulareadsallthetime @vivastory Glad I am not the only one! 2mo
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CoffeeLitNFit
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I really enjoyed this book! I really liked the twist at the end. Definitely worth the read...and the audiobook is really good too.