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The Turn of the Key Review

Updated: Jul 16

"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."


Rating: 2/5

This book was not at all what I was expecting. It has reminded me a little bit of my previous reads The Family Upstairs and Lock Every Door. But I enjoyed those two books way more than I enjoyed this one.


WARNING! Spoilers :)


It reminded me of The Family Upstairs because the idea that our narrator is not reliable. Once we learn Rowan's real identity, I felt I could no longer trust her or believe anything she said. I even went back and reread a few passages and unless you knew her true identity, it was written so you wouldn't bat an eye.

I felt I could no longer trust her or believe anything she said.

The other book, Lock Every Door I was reminded of because of the majority of the book you're led to believe everything is paranormal but it's just twisted human behavior. In all honesty, I was definitely hoping for paranormal in this one. Especially after just reading Lock Every Door. It felt very much the same, just different places and characters.


Overall, I was disappointed in this book. I felt it could have been way stronger if the idea of all the smart technology was nonexistent. I felt it was too focused on that than the important stuff that happened within the last 50-75 pages.