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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

If you're like me and love Friday the 13th, you'll want to read a book that oozes of creepiness. One such book that does just that is Ruth Ware's The Turn of the Key. It had me on edge the entire time, and if I didn't have to work in the morning, I would've stayed up all night to finish this novel; it was that good.

The Turn of the Key had me guessing the entire time, and I never had an inkling of who the killer was. Ruth Ware did her job well because she lead me astray the entire time, and I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. On top of that, there were a couple of twists towards the end of the book that left me completely speechless because I didn't see those coming either! What can I say, I must be off my deduction game.

When I finished this book on Wednesday night, all I could think was, "Wow . . . wow . . . wow!" As I said before, I was speechless, but it also left me feeling a bit uneasy, and I was jumping at the least little noise. It's been a while since a book left me feeling that way, and Ruth Ware definitely is becoming a better author with every book she produces. For me, The Turn of the Key ranks right up there with her The Woman in Cabin 10 as one of my favorite books by this author.

As I write this book review, I'm still in a bit of awe of this novel because I can see pieces of it really happening in real life. I think that's why I found it so chilling and why it would be a perfect read for Friday the 13th. I gave The Turn of the Key five out of five stars.

Synopsis of The Turn of the Key:  Rowan Caine wasn't looking for a new job; she just happened to stumble across an ad online that sounded like the dream job for a nanny and knew she just had to have the job. Thrilled when she landed the position, Rowan had no idea that it would turn into a living nightmare when one of the children dies while she is on the job and ends up in prison accused of the murdering the child.

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