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The Turn of the Key

Written by: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2019 Ruth Ware (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Good nail biting read

Well, this was much different then what I expected of the book from the sample...but in a good way. Intriguing and suspenseful. The slow burn of the writers style leaves your imagination guessing what will happen next. Thumbs up. Church is a Great voice actor! Will look for more books she’s narrated and more from this author too.

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Not her best

I’m a huge Ruth Ware fan, but this is not her best novel. I found it very repetitive - to the point of annoyance. I understand that she was trying to build the suspense throughout the novel, but it felt like there wasn’t enough of a story to keep the reader interested. The whole climax came in the last chapter - some of which the reader will guess and the rest just doesn’t play as the big bombshell of an ending you feel promised. At least that’s how I felt... Especially in comparison with The Woman in Cabin 10 or In a Dark Dark Wood.

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I’m sorry but...

This was one of the most boring novels I’ve ever ‘read’. There is no climax was very anticlimactic. I found the whole story to be completely senseless.

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God, this is so boring

What a waste of a credit. The book is non-stop droning. Absolutely horrible. I can’t stay focused for more than a minute and lose consciousnesses every time. When I wake, I swear it’s the exact same spot I left off at. Please end!

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Disappointing

Not her best work. The story is weak and the ending seemed like grasping to wrap up a dismal plot.

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Hardly memorable

I enjoyed this book when I read it (listened to it), but a month or two later, as I go to write this review, I had no memory of it. I truly drew a blank. Of course, once I read the book summary, it came back to me, and I remembered the storyline. There were surprises and twists and turns I did not see coming, so it was good in that respect, but my lack of recollection afterwards tells me that it wasn't compelling enough to engage me on a deeper level. Even for fiction, I want to be moved in some way, to be made to think, to ponder the lessons long afterward.

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Very poor story saved by great voice work

Some spoilers below.

I would not waste your time on this one. I really enjoy Imogen Church’s voice work so I stuck with it. However the novel is bogged down by a vacant “Ghost mystery” that doesn’t ever seem to go anywhere. All of the big twists seem to take hours to develop than boil down to minor coincidences. The biggest “twist” is revealed in the final third of the novel but only adds plot holes to what we have learned in the story to that point. When the final words are read the story hasn’t really resolved anything, just a cheap final twist and poof “thank you for listening to this audible presentation.”

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Worth it, the last half full have you gripped

Starts off kind of slow, by the middle you’re wondering about your selection and then the last half of the book is brilliant. Great suspense builder, lots of plot twists. If you’re looking for a book that will have you guessing till the end, this is it. I will definitely be reading more books from Ruth Ware

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Hard to describe, but an excellent "read"

Excellent narration, really added to the suspense! Throughout the book I went from curious to terrified to sad and back again - would absolutely recommend.

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Slow thriller

Took a while to get into. Great narration. Good twists towards the end. Could have done without it reading like a letter.

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Oh how I wish it didn’t have to end....

I don’t even know where to begin. I’m a fan of Ruth Ware, although I didn’t love her other books nearly as much as I’ve loved this one. I didn’t want it to end, and I really didn’t want it to end the way that it did. It’s a beautifully written novel and read so incredibly yet again by Imogen Church. The story is brilliant, the story telling is magnificent and while it breaks my heart to think of the story itself, I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I wasn’t listening. I need more. Don’t hesitate with this one. “Creeeeeeekkkk”

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