The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Rowan Caine wasn’t really looking for a new job but when she comes across the nanny position at Heatherbrae House she knows she has to apply. It’s a dream job in the Scottish Highlands and the house is amazing. It’s a blend of the original home melded with modern architecture and technology — the executed dream of the architect couple who live there with their three children. Rowan is shocked by the large salary she is offered: is it too good to be true?

The story definitely has a haunted house vibe going on but while the house and grounds are creepy you know that something that isn’t supernatural is happening. The construction of the novel is odd but it worked. Almost the entire novel is a letter Rowan writes from prison to the man she hopes will represent her at her murder trial. Yes, as the book starts you know she stands accused of killing one of the children and that she is professing her innocence. Yet the author still does a great job building the tension and keeping you guessing as she slowly reveals the person Rowan is and the circumstances that brought her to Heatherbrae House.