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text 2020-05-31 21:17
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

It was hard to believe that I had ever mistaken it for a regular garden. Now that I knew its history, the warning signs were everywhere. Fat, black laurel berries, the thin needles of yew, straggling patches of self-seeded foxglove, clumps of nettles, which I had taken to be weeds when I first entered the garden but which, I now saw, bore a rusted metal tag dug deep into the earth, labelled Urtica dioica.




Put a name tag with its latin name in front of a nettle and all of a sudden it becomes the most deadly plant in the poison garden. Or Rowan is such a doofus that she doesn´t know what a nettle actually is. Gosh, this book is bloody stupid.

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text 2020-05-31 19:35
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Jesus, I had confined myself mostly to tea since getting here, mainly because the coffee maker was so extremely intimidating - a chrome beast of a thing covered with buttons and knobs and dials. Sandra had explained when I arrived that it was WIFI-enabled, and app-operated - but Happy was proving to be the least intuitive system I had ever encountered.


Yeah, I don´t think the system is the problem. It´s more that the main character is the dumbest person ever. And btw, the sleep deprivation thing is about to set in.

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text 2020-05-31 17:52
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

His smooth, slightly sweaty thumb stroked the corner of my bottom lip, and I felt one knee nudge, very gently, between mine. 

For a second I froze, and a fluttering panicked nausea rose up, choking me. Then something inside me seemed to snap, and I slid abruptly down off the stool, barging past him so fast that the wine slopped and spilled onto the concrete.

"Sorry," I stammered. "So sorry, let me. I´ll get the cloth -"

"It´s fine," he said. He was not an iota discomfited, only amused at my reaction. He stayed in place, half sitting, half leaning comfortably against the bar stool, as I grabbed a dishcloth and mopped at the floor between his legs.

For one second I looked up at him, and he looked down, and the quip I´d heard a thousand times, always accompanied by ribald laughter, flashed through the back of my mind. While you´re down there, love...


Oh, my ... What kind of a nanny is she?


At this point I´m really struggling with the premise of this book. The whole story is told as a letter to a solicitor, a letter with 300+ pages! There is absolutely no way that a lawyer would sit down and have the patience to read the "life story" of this nitwit of a woman. This doesn´t make sense.


Thankfully, I´m still intrigued by the story. I have absolutely not the faintest clue what is going on, but one thing is for sure: the main character has to go down.


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text 2020-05-31 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Okay, there is something off about the main character, besides her being an idiot, who is rambling on in her letter about not being able to turn on the lights and the fancy high-tech shower (no one cares, woman!), and a liar.


I don´t think a professionally trained nanny would have


an irrational bout of hatred towards a toddler, who throws some porridge at her?


Honestly, I´m getting some serious "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" vibes from this book. Besides that a ghost has been thrown into the mix as well. It´s weird.


I´m still enjoying it, though.

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text 2020-05-31 10:57
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

"And the driving licence?" she asked as I finished my anecdote about the four-year-old. I put down my fork onto the smooth polished concrete top of the table and took a deep breath.

"Ah, right, yes. I´m afraid that´s a problem. I do have a full UK driving licence and it´s clean, but the actual card was stolen last month when I lost my purse. I´ve ordered a new one but they wanted an updated photo and it´s taking an age to come through. But I promise you, I can drive."

That last part was true after all.


The main character might be a run-of-the-mill plain Jane or a complete psychopath. This little snippet gives me more of a psychopath vibe, though. 


Btw, I´m really enjoying this book so far. 



Prompt: Read a book that has been published in 2019.

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