The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

eBook - 2019
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware's highly anticipated fifth novel.
When Rowan stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious "smart" house fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What Rowan doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and Rowan in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rowan struggles to explain the unravelling events that have led to her incarceration. It wasn't just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn't just the children, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn't even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

Rowan knows she's made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn't always ideal. She's not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she's not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


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May 16, 2021

The structure of the book, written as a long letter, was a bit off-putting, but the author kept my interest throughout. However, the ending was most disappointing

Mar 24, 2021

This was a well done little thriller. The plot was good and held my interest. I’m not sure I quite understand what happened to her in the end and would have liked to hear more about Jack but still it was a satisfying ending. I still think there was something way off with Sandra but she never explains her actions so just assume she is the type of person and parent than always puts her wants ahead of everyone else. The kind of parent that loves her children as long as someone else takes care of them and doesn’t have to spend too much time with them. I also feel like she set Rowen up for failure because either she’s evil or she doesn’t care. I have only read one other book by Ruth Ware-Girl in Cabin 10 and I felt that was a little too much of a cookie cutter ending but this one was better thought out.

Mar 17, 2021

If you don't want to sleep at night start reading this book.. I could not put it down.
Yes, as one person said "creepy" and scary for 4 children. Enjoy!!!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Loved it!! Super creepy and I did NOT see the ending coming.

I so badly want to know what happened with Rowan...I guess that’s part of the intrigue.

Jan 21, 2021

This one was too predictable for me, which is reflected in the rating. Meh.

Dec 03, 2020

Ruth Ware is an extremely smart thriller writer, and Turn of the Key is atmospheric without being brooding, building the tension imperceptibly but irrevocably, as if the entire plot is just beyond our perception. Things natural, and psychological, and supernatural, and technological, all creep on us unawares.

Oct 03, 2020

What a easy page turn.
Just a ripping story that didn't lose pace. I was trying to pick an ending while tearing through it but had no idea how it would pan out. The twists come left and right in the back end. A nice palate cleanser that prepares me for the behemoth novel that awaits.........4/5.

Sep 09, 2020

A real page turner with an interesting unexpected twist.

Jul 27, 2020

I started one of her other books long ago and couldn't read it. I read this book. It is bad. Characters are poorly drawn. The plot is sloppy. The only good thing is that it is an E book, at the library, and is free. I just finished What's Left Of Me Is Yours. That is a good book. The Turn Of The Key is not.

Jul 11, 2020

The best Ruth Ware title I've read!! I just loved it. The ending was terrible and terrific at the same time. What a gem!

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