The Resource The turn of the key, Ruth Ware

The turn of the key, Ruth Ware

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The turn of the key
Title
The turn of the key
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Ruth Ware
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eng
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Award
Loan Stars Favourites, 2019.
Review
  • /*Hall of Fame selection*/ Rowan travels to northern Scotland to nanny for a rich, eccentric family; a seemingly perfect job until everything unravels. The isolated location, creepy gothic vibe, unreliable narrator, and brilliant twists keep readers on edge from start to finish in a pulse-pounding read. -- Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT. (LibraryReads, August 2019)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ware’s excellent psychological thriller, as the title suggests, references Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. It includes a nanny alone, a house that appears to be haunted, and children who aren’t quite what they seem. But Ware hauls the story into the 21st century by making the technology of today as menacing as the story’s isolated location, a Scottish estate. --Staff (Reviewed 06/10/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 23, p)
  • Ware (The Death of Mrs. Westaway, 2018, etc.) channels The Turn of the Screw in her latest creepy mystery when a nanny takes a post at a haunted country house. Traveling to Heatherbrae House to interview for a nanny position, Rowan Caine finds a gorgeously redone Victorian mansion nestled in the remote Scottish moors. Sandra Elincourt is stylish and smart, and the girls seem sweet enough, though 8-year-old Maddie rings some alarm bells in Rowan's mind. So what if the last four nannies left under mysterious circumstances? Rowan knows she's where she belongs—even when Maddie tries to warn her away, claiming that "the ghosts wouldn't like it" if she stays. On her first day, however, Bill Elincourt makes a pass at her, and then both parents leave on a business trip, planning to be gone for at least a week. Left alone with the three little girls, Rowan can't shake the feeling that there are other forces at work in the house. When strange noises begin to wake them all in the night, it seems like the house may indeed be haunted. What happened to those other nannies? Why is Maddie intent on getting Rowan fired? Why is there a garden of poison plants? And who wrote "We hate you" all over the attic walls? Ware excels at taking classic mystery tropes and reinventing them; her novels always feel appealingly anachronistic because while the technology is 21st century, there is something traditionally gothic about the settings, full of exaggerated luxury and seething dark corners. In this case, she reimagines the Victorian ghost story, with Henry James the most obvious influence not just on the plot, but also on the narrative frame, as the story actually takes the form of a letter written by Rowan to her solicitor as she sits imprisoned for murder. Regrettably, the novel's ending leaves a few too many loose ends while also avoiding the delicious ambiguity of its Victorian predecessors. Truly terrifying! Ware perfects her ability to craft atmosphere and sustain tension with each novel. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2019)
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10795340
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Ware, Ruth
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6123.A745
LC item number
T87 2019
Literary form
fiction
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The turn of the key, Ruth Ware
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781501188787
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(trade paperback)
Lccn
2019021733
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unmediated
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(OCoLC)1055262844
Label
The turn of the key, Ruth Ware
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781501188787
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
Lccn
2019021733
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055262844

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