Goodreads synopsis: 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.
What I liked:
How the story is told: The story is told through letters from a nanny sitting in jail writing to a potential solicitor, recalling the events leading up to her incarceration. There are definitely some surprises that pop up at the end.
Immediate build up: At the start of the story you find out that the house has previously had 4 nannies in less than a year and all of them left due to claims about the house being haunted!
Horror aspects: There are parts of this story where it feels like you’re reading a horror novel instead and personally, I believe THAT is when the story really shines.
Characters: Even the supporting characters are intriguing and interesting – just as much as the main protagonist.
What I didn’t like:
Predictable: This mystery doesn’t leave a whole lot to be desired and I feel guessing the ending is pretty easy. There are some twists I didn’t see coming, but that doesn’t save the overall mystery.
Unnecessary Plot Points: The one plot twist that I didn’t see coming I also found to be completely unnecessary and not add a lot to the story. It was almost so unneeded that it distracted more than anything else.
Overall, if you’re looking for a creepy, horror-esque, psychological thriller that is sure to bring you chills then definitely add The Turn of the Key to your must read list!