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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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!

FPL_CassieW Mar 05, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this roller coaster of a book. Once you think you know what's going on, there's a twist, with a HUGE one at the end! If you enjoy psychological thrillers with a bit of a creep factor, I would definitely check this out!

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fashiongirl
Mar 01, 2020

Captivated from the beginning. Quick, and interesting mystery. The only thing I would change would be the book cover......by adding a beautiful landscape of the house and garden too....and then the key, maybe.....😏

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EliK1
Feb 20, 2020

The beginning of the book almost made me throw it out the window. I didn't like the style one bit. The main character basically writes (and rewrites) a letter (letters?) to an attorney she hopes might take her case. She claims that she did not commit the crime for which she had been arrested.

She tells her story from the very beginning. If you're writing a plea letter to a lawyer, you do not write a book... but it's supposedly so that the lawyer can know all the details and see her innocence.

It starts off slow. We wait for something to happen, but there really isn't anything. Weird things that happen are few and far between. It picks up about half way. We see that things get crazy and we're not sure what to think. We're hooked.

And then the ending happens. There is an explanation of sorts which you might not have seen coming, which I enjoyed, but it's really not all that vital to the story and what happened. The ending is rushed. Things are basically spelled out to you. Some things are said which are unnecessary.

It had some good moments, but the beginning and the end were weird.

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Eil_1
Feb 15, 2020

Better than "The Woman in Cabin Ten". Although Ware cleared up the mysterious occurrences at the house, the ending left me with questions that left me disappointed. Wouldn't recommend this book and wonder why there is so much hype about this author.

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Pacguyluvbook
Feb 12, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me entertained the entire time. I read it in about two and a half days. . I really really enjoyed the ending, I did not see that coming and I love the way the author pretty much waits until more or less the very end of the book to tie all the pieces together. I highly recommend it.

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Oct 07, 2019

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