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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 (197 ratings)

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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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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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  • Lj
  • 2019-11-02

Definitely lots of turns

Finished it quite quick, the ony times I'd stop was only because I'd get too anxious to continue. A good listen, will keep you on edge.

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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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Slow. Maybe not best pace for audiobook.

I get that the author was trying to build suspense, and maybe the effect was achieved in print, but it made for a long and tedious listen.

The last few chapters were good, but do you want to wade through 15 chapters to get to the good part?

I'm a fan of her other books, but would recommend giving this one a miss.

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Grabs you right off the start!

The very beginning was a bit too repetitive(all the term started letters) but once she finally got the story going, I was hooked.

Rowan has a few weaknesses that I think the author failed on hence the 4 star. Really I was going to give it 3 but I did like the ending. (And I definitly don’t enjoy not knowing what happened with the solicitor or her case ...)

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Fantastic book

This book was amazing. The narration was great and the story kept me interested the whole time.

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Cant decide

I can not decide weather I liked it or hated it. it grabbed me and I listen (with frustration) to every word. I believe that to be one of the best narrators I have ever heard. But I also believe it could have been completly done in 3 chapters. I like a book that moves me but I dont think I liked this one

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Loved it!

Another could not put down kinda book! I was hooked, shocked and spooked until the very end!
A must read!!!!!!!!!!
Narrator was amazing!!!!!

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AWESOME!!

The narrator made this book come to life!!! the story was amazing and exciting. I listen to the book to and from work and it was hard not to listen in between! the pace of the story was excellent and every detail was necessary to tell the story. I did not want it to end!!

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on the edge of my seat.

I really did not know what was going to happen until the end!! so creepy and so good. Ruth Ware has done it agai . amazing!

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  • Jacqueline RC
  • 2019-09-02

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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