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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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Reading-in-LallahLand
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just wow! I loved this book so much. The characters were all great. I felt they were easy to connect to and imagine as real.

It honestly read less like fiction and more like I self told true crime. I was kept curious throughout the entire story.

The ending was very sad but unfortunately so inline with human nature!

#ruthware #theturnofthekey #bookstagram #bookreview #5star #lallahbookreview #readinginlallahland

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FlowerFairy
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Read Ruth Ware‘s debut novel & felt while it was good there was certainly room for her to grow as an author Her next two books felt as if she were just trying to meet a deadline. I had little hope for The Turn of the Key. THIS is the novel I was hoping for. An intriguing story full of twists & turns, a narrator you aren‘t certain you can trust & a bit of creepiness had me turning pages like mad. Read in one sitting. Cannot wait for her next book!

Cailey_Mac Great review! I also felt that way about her earlier books, so I‘ve been skipping over this one; maybe I will give it a try! 3d
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FlowerFairy
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1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
2. And then at last I slept.
3. Carmel coffee

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Gaylagal2
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It is day 4 of my vacation and I'm still sicker than a dog (excuse the pun Chico). So again today I've surrounded myself with good things to read, watch some ID channel and sleep.....again.
Has anybody checked out The Morning Show on Apple+? It's fabulous!

#saturdays

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you feel better soon 💞 5d
Sace Get well soon! 5d
Eggs May you feel much better very soon🙂 5d
LiteraryinLititz So sorry you‘re sick on your break! 5d
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CassieLovesBooks
Mehso-so

I didn't find this book as all consuming as some thrillers. The ending also seemed quite abrupt, definitely not on my favorite book list for the year.

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ohurtin
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Such an entertaining read, and I think it‘s Ruth Ware‘s best so far! Definitely recommend “Turn of the Key.” #ruthware #fiction #mystery #thriller

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DimeryRene
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Classic Ware. 💜💛❤️

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Brenda
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I'm really enjoying this audiobook so far. Love the narrator 🎧📚

Bookboss I am looking for a new audiobook! 1w
Brenda @Bookboss I love audiobooks. It took me forever to get into them,but I'm a huge fan now. 1w
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4thhouseontheleft
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An interesting modern retelling of The Turn of the Screw. The last 1/4 of the book kept me feverishly turning pages, and I was surprised by the ending. I liked it better than The Woman in Cabin 10, but she‘a not making my auto-read list of authors yet.

veritysalter I‘ve much preferred this book and The Death of Mrs Westaway to her earlier books - I think she‘s improving with each book. She‘s a definite will read for me, but when they come out in paperback or reduced on Kindle. 1w
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4thhouseontheleft
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A perfect afternoon: 🎃 👻 PJ‘s (these bad boys won‘t be put away until Thanksgiving!), #HelloKitty lounging with me, and one leftover book I meant to finish during #Screamathon. I was able to jump the queue at the library, so I don‘t want to waste the opportunity by returning it unread!

#catsofLitsy

Bookzombie I‘m keeping my Halloween socks in circulation until then too. 🎃 2w
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RedxoHearts
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I had no idea what to expect going into this but I actually really enjoyed it. I didn't see that twist towards the end coming at all. The format of it being written as letters to who she hopes will be her future lawyer was really well done. I do have a few questions left but overall it was an interesting thriller.

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RedxoHearts
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Happy Halloween!

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Mrsgarrisonreads
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Mehso-so

This was so incredibly slow and the first half is so boring. I honestly was begging for just a slice of suspense or something to happen. The writing is great and the overall premise had me Intrigued.
I will say the last 1/4 of the book is what made this a solid 3.5 and saved the book for me. I didn‘t honestly expect any of that to be what happened at all. I was completely caught off guard and it was a shocker.

catiewithac I thought it was just me! I never made it past the first half because it was so boring 😄 2w
Mrsgarrisonreads @catiewithac yes 🙁 I had to push myself through to finish it 2w
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CaitlinR
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I almost gave up on this, Ware‘s latest. It appeared to be just a modern, somewhat contrived retelling of Henry James‘ “The Turn if the Screw.” I‘m glad that I stuck with the tale.

Ruth Ware‘s gothic story of the Elincourt family, and their new nanny, “Rowan”, is well worth reading. Dark and scary, with a perfect Ware twist at the end.

I wound up enjoying the novel and was fascinated by Petra, Ellie, Mandy and their Nanny. A fun read.

Crazeedi I've been wanting to read 2w
CaitlinR @Crazeedi I think you‘ll enjoy it; I found it a fast read. 2w
Crazeedi @CaitlinR thanks for review! 2w
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Eggbeater
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#24B4Monday #readathon closing out day 1 with 6 hrs 26 min and 1 book finished. It was a little drawn out in the beginning, but the ending was great. I find Ruth Ware's main characters are often relatable.

@TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 @jb72
#Teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Wow! You did awesome! Way to go. ♥️🎃🖤 3w
TheReadingMermaid Great job darlin! 3w
Andrew65 A great time 👏👏👏 3w
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wine.tea._and_paper
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Rating: 5⭐️⠀⠀
I was engrossed in the novel the whole time. ⠀⠀
I was a little disappointed that there weren‘t any ghosts, but the truth of what was going on and the ending really brought the rating up for me. ⠀⠀
I loved the dichotomy between Victorian vintage and new tech smart house. The war between the two house styles carries on throughout the novel in different ways as well. Past and present constantly fighting for the spotlight. ⠀

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GypsyKat
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I got this awesome package today from @kylienoele ❤️🎃 She really gets me! 😭🖤 I love everything! Lots of Halloween goodies, a witchy coloring book, and books from my TBR! Thank you again, Kylie! ❤️🎃❤️🎃❤️🎃❤️ I love that Litsy has brought such great friends into my life! #LitsyLove

TheSpineView Lovely! 3w
kylienoele 💜🧡💜 3w
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Wendyloohoo77
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Ah, vacation reading.

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SailorJohn
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Is she innocent or guilty? Read the book and decide

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MommaReads
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I loved this book! It‘s my first book by Ruth Ware and I will definitely be reading more. It was such a fast paced read that kept me on my toes until the very last page, literally!

My.heart.is.lit This was my first book by the author as well. I liked it. 4w
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LouBeth
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Just finished this one and it was super creepy in the best way.

#Haunted #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft 👻 🔑🎃 4w
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MommaReads
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This book is a page turner 👌. Def a good, quick read!

Swell2bme I have never read Ruth Ware but I want to read this! I just picked up another one of her‘s, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, from the library. 4w
MommaReads This is the first if hers I have read but I‘ve heard she is really great. I read this one in just a few hours! It was so good and an easy read 4w
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2w
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 2d
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Holy 💩 This was a brilliant book! A definite favourite of hers! and so creepy 👻 5/5

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BilboBookends
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“People do go mad, you know, if you stop them from sleeping for long enough...”

Reecaspieces I enjoyed this one. Not a fan of the ending though. 1mo
BilboBookends @Reecaspieces I couldn‘t agree more. I really enjoy Ruth Ware but it seems her endings are always rushed 😬 1mo
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mandi1082
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4️⃣⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Turn of the Key is about Rowan who accepts a nanny position that pays really well. Rowan moves into this "smart house" and strange and mysterious things start happening. The book starts of with Rowan writing letters to a lawyer because she is accused of killing a child. She needs help because she claims she did not do it.

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Chelsea.Poole
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This thriller had loads going on.
Creepy toys, secret gardens, night noises, suspicious neighbors, creaky houses, dusty attics -- this one had so many of the things that happen to scare me. I found some of the plot points to be really out there. This fit the bill for a creepy October read and the #audiobook was great. 🔑
This amazing cupcake bouquet has not a thing to do with the book but it was too pretty not to be in the picture. 🧁

Cortg Yay! This is one of our book club choices the spring!
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks beautiful photo!! 1mo
cathipink Cupcake bouquet? Yes please! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books I would not have known those were cupcakes. So cool! 1mo
OnlyYoo I liked this book way more than I thought I was going to! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cortg hope you all enjoy! 4w
Chelsea.Poole @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks! It was all a co-worker's greatness! 4w
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink @hooked_on_books and if you can believe it, they tasted as good as they looked! 4w
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lost.in.a.book
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Ruth Ware is beginning to master her craft. Giving this one 🔑🔑🔑🔑

Booknerd2 This one was my favorite so far!!!! 1mo
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Aaronlisa
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Mehso-so

I rated this one 3.75 ⭐️ & read it Oct 5-7. It‘s a fast paced thriller with good twists but I felt let down a wee bit at the end. Some of the twists are pretty mundane but the final one is surprising. I am just not sure if I liked this book by the time I had finished it.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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While I would have loved to finish this one in audio - Imogen Church is fabulous! - there was no way I was going to get the audio back. So I finally was able to borrow the hardcover from the library to finish that way. I really enjoyed this one! It's definitely a treat in audio!!

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xxjenadanxx
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I had a few holds come in so here is a mini #libraryhaul! I'm really excited for all of these!

Top to Bottom:
>The House by Christina Lauren
>The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
>The Broken Girls by Simone St James

marleed What a great pic! 1mo
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Lorijo17
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Mehso-so

I love a good thriller, but this one left me disappointed. Although I enjoyed the story, it seemed to drag on, and the ending was a let down.

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OriginalCyn620
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion time. This wasn‘t my favorite Ruth Ware. The twists, though really good, were revealed very late in the book and TBH, I got bored waiting for them to happen. Wasn‘t quite satisfied with the ending either.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic!! 🎃🍂🧡 1mo
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bookladyreads
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I just finished another #reading session using #booklyapp. Current page 100/336. Check out my stats! #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #currentlyreading

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UnabridgedPod
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The Turn of the Key is my fifth book by Ruth Ware and by FAR my favorite. I don't know if she's just getting better (in my opinion!) or if I feel this way because the narrator of this audiobook (I listened on @scribd) is AMAZING. I'll definitely be looking for audiobooks narrated by Imogen Church in the future. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod (I was listening on my friendly shower speaker when Church was narrating the creaking above the protagonist when she's alone in her room at night, and I was *seriously* scared. Which doesn't happen very often for me. Loved it!) ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod If you like a gothic mood--I was reminded here at different times of Rebecca and Jane Eyre--I think you should try The Turn of the Key. Rowan Caine is thrilled when she's hired as an in-home nanny for three girls in a luxurious old-home-made-new in the Scottish Highlands. She arrives to find herself dealing with the (in)inconveniences of a house controlled completely by app and yet haunted by tragedy and sorrow. ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod Left alone almost immediately with children she's only just met, Rowan is unsettled both by her circumstances and by the peculiarities of her new home. ⠀

Because Ware frames this central narrative within letters that Rowan is writing to a potential solicitor from prison, we know right away that she's been blamed for the death of one of the children. The book then leads readers through Rowan's account of her time at Heatherbrae House. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod I've felt disappointed by the endings of several of Ware's books (her most recent before this one, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is my next-favorite because I felt it was solid through the end), but I LOVED the conclusion here. I don't want to say more, so I'll just recommend (again) that you listen to this one. It's a perfect October read. 1mo
lele1432 Totally agree about the narrator. This was my first and only Ruth Ware so far, but I loved it! I keep hearing people complain about her endings. I felt the ending in this one was well done and appropriate. I'll probably do audiobooks for all her backlist when I get to them because I think Imogen Church brings a special something to her stories! 1mo
UnabridgedPod @lele1432 Even though I think her earlier books weren‘t as strong, I always feel as if they‘re atmospheric and build well. And I *totally* agree about the narrator (I wonder if I would have enjoyed the earlier books more if I‘d listened instead). 1mo
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tjwill
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I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense in this book as well as the creepy parts. A nanny gets a job in the remote mountains in Scotland, then feels watched in more ways than one. Are the children, or other forces, working against her?

I will say that I wasn‘t totally satisfied with the ending (willing to discuss below with spoilers covered if anyone wants to), but it kept me racing through.
+2 on theme #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

tjwill #scaryscavengerhunt x3: over 200 pages; a character dies; it had parts that scared me 1mo
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MartinaLove
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... and I just decided like 5 minutes ago that The Turn Of The Key by Ruty Ware will be my next read. I can't wait to read this one and know what really happened. 🎃

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick

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Clwojick I‘ve heard such good things about this one. 1mo
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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 40: Such a great October creepy mystery! I think this is my favorite Ruth Ware book. Love a book that makes me keep reading just so I can find out the mystery. This one did not disappoint. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rsteve388
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Wow! what a wild ride! Ruth Ware had me guessing till the very end. What an amazing mystery that made me think one thing when quite another was happening. Amazing. What a bomb shell the last few chapters were!

I found the main character very believeable and likeable and the ending to be a suprise. I love a good story that makes me suspend belief

#Book1 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! 🙌🏻🖤 1mo
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rsteve388
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathon @clwojick

Today I read Chapters 14 - 21 and WOAH does chapter 21 make a huge turn in the story. Very exciting, I am loving this... though it is impacting how jumpy I am whenever I hear a loud noise.

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tjwill
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This thriller about a nanny who finds herself in prison is based on Henry James‘ The Turn of the Screw. I‘m just wondering how closely based... It has had a few creepy parts so far! Luckily, I have some company! 😱🙀 #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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samantha1027
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I thought this book was really good. It was very creepy, and I loved the haunted house vibe. However, I didn‘t like that the ending left me wanting more and confused. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rsteve388
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathon @Clwojick

Read Chapters 8 -14 of Turn Of The Key.

Its getting good.. Spooky even. I love a good mystery in the fall.

Clwojick ☠ ☠ 1mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Started book 40 for the year last night.
🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂
Also.. how cute is my blanket?!?! ☕️

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rsteve388
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Read Chapters 1-7 woo two more chapters then orginally planned. #TeamSlaughter #Scarathon @Clwojick

Clwojick This one sounds so good! Are you enjoying it so far? 1mo
rsteve388 I am loving it! I am listening to it on Audio it is wonderful and the narrator is brillant in her delivery of the story! 1mo
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collegecatlady
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know why I keep reading Ruth Ware when I‘m disappointed in her rushed endings every time. Maybe it‘s my fear of missing out since everyone else was reading this novel. Ware creates very atmospheric, slow builds, but never delivers in the execution of the endings. They are rushed and so left of center that they ruin my experience. This is a nice read for brainless entertainment, but I‘ve got to stop putting myself through this 😰

sparrowssavvy I get so excited for her books but other than the Death of Mrs. Westaway, none of them have wowed me. Yet I find I must read all her books... 1mo
collegecatlady @sparrowssavvy I mostly get fear of missing out regarding popular books. I have read In a Dark, Dark Wood as well and even the setting felt too similar to me. It feels like she writes the same book again and again and just changes the last fifteen pages where there is a reveal. It‘s frustrating! 1mo
sparrowssavvy @collegecatlady people seem to really love them and they are so lauded that I completely believe that I‘m going to be blown each and every time. None of them truly grip me the way that other writers in this genre do. 1mo
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Ruthiella Same here. I think what bothers me most about her books is that her protagonists are such messes. But I‘ve read three of her books. The premises are always so intriguing and for sure I also feel the FOMO. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I gave up after her first 2. If you don‘t wow me in 2 books, you never will. I have a TBR mountain to tackle! 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks I gave up about 40 pages in... 1mo
LiteraryinLititz I agree! I have read every one of her books but have never truly loved one. But I keep feeling like I should read them! Why? 1mo
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rsteve388
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Today is the day! #Scarathon #TeamSlaughter First Up: chapters 1 - 5 of Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. @Clwojick

Clwojick 🖤🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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rsteve388
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I cant start Turn of the Key till Tuesday but i cant wait!

Also my goals are to read 15 books and complete the 30 day Jump Rope Challenge as offered by Crossrope.

#BFC19

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iamcourtneyb
Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Izzy‘s helping me read the newest book by my favorite author Ruth Ware. I‘ve been dying to start it for weeks! It‘s been a long week of teaching 6th graders, so the thunderstorm outside, pumpkin spice candle, glass of Merlot, and good book is just what I needed!

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candc320
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I won these awesome keychains just for being a subscriber to Ruth Ware‘s emails! I‘ve never won a contest like that before! I‘m excited to use them.

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