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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 (60 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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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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great story!

loved it!
I'll definitely be listening to this again. The performance of the reader was great and the writing in this story was also great

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Wow!

Do not miss this one! I never saw the twists coming and I didn’t guess the end at all. Terrific read or listen. I also really enjoyed the narrator. Well done on all levels!

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Can't get any better

The combination of Imogen Church and Ruth Ware is undeniably a match made in heaven. I can't wait for the next one.

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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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