The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon & Schuster Canada, ♭2019.
ISBN: 9781501192357
Characteristics: 336 pages ;,24 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 21, 2021

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

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tjdickey
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.

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L_Sanga
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.

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kuligs
Sep 09, 2020

A real page turner with an interesting unexpected twist.

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Grandma007
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.

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tammygfarmgirl
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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Ojeanclark
Jun 25, 2020

One of my very favorite authors. I've read every one of her books.

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DonHow
Jun 06, 2020

An imperfect nanny, precocious unruly children, a heavy stepping ghost, betrayal and an isolated mansion..all the ingredients for a thriller. I was enjoying the story so much, I did not see the ending coming. I also enjoyed the method of reading the story through letters to a lawyer. I don't usually read this genre but I greatly enjoyed this book.

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chantal_brougham
Jun 06, 2020

Her best book so far, I started at breakfast and was finished by dinner time couldn’t put it down!

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Clemitorclover
Mar 27, 2020

I love all of Ruth Ware's book, but this was one of my favorites. Although some didn't find the main character likeable, I believe she redeemed herself in the end. Usually I can see the final twist coming, but did not in this one! I loved reading about the aspects of having a "future home" as well, being a technology geek. Great book!

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Oct 07, 2019

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