The Turn of the Key by Ruth WareThe Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key

byRuth Ware

Paperback | August 27, 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 Rebecca 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 Rebecca doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and Rebecca in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rebecca 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.

Rebecca 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.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. Ruth's second novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, becam...
Title:The Turn of the KeyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 27, 2019Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501192353

ISBN - 13:9781501192357

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love be a good Gothic haunting mystery and suspense this is the book for you The Turn Of The Key - Ruth Ware This is a good Gothic Story. It does have a slow beginning, but I still feel that it is worth getting through the first part, as you will be rewarded by a very suspenseful, heart thumping haunting and maybe a little unsettling read. The beginning is very slow, too detailed, too much rambling. Not something that a person would believably write in a letter to a lawyer (Mr. Wrexam) from prison to explain their innocence. I feel that a real lawyer would have stopped reading after a couple pages of such confusing babble. Now, if you forget that the protagonist has written this in a letter to Mr. Wrexam, a lawyer and perhaps instead, she is reminiscing in a journal while in prison charged with Murder, then I feel it would have been much more believable. I also felt a lack of empathy for the protagonist and a total dislike of Bill & Sandra, the parents, of the children. I did however, love all the children, the baby Petra, Maddie and Ellie and I even felt empathy for the troublesome teen, Rhiannon. I think the character Jack was interesting and added to the story. There is a lot of suspense, a haunting mystery and at times heart thumping moments, that worthy of a great gothic novel. There are a few twists & surprises at the end, and I did like the way the author ended the novel. It is the only time that I truly felt empathy for the protagonist sadly. I have read all of Ruth Wares books and the Death of Mrs. Westerham was my favourite. I love Gothic Novels and The Turn Of The Key is definitely a Gothic Novel. If you just give the story sometime to find its feet, it will take offend you will not want to stop reading till the novel ends. It will leave you with mixed emotions but satisfaction that you have read a very entertaining novel.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Ruth Ware for this Advanced Readers Copy. Absolutely Delicious! This is a thrilling and compelling story that I binge read! From the beginning to the last page I was riveted under my reading blanket! I HAD to keep reading! It's the story of a young woman, "Rowan", who answers a job advert for a live-in Nanny. A Nanny NEEDED, most urgently, for a family with 4 children located in a remote area in Scotland. The house is quite special old Victorian home with numerous modern upgrades and few old skeletons in the closets. The story is genius in that it is told as a "letter" written to a solicitor requesting help for a crime that wasn't committed....? Exciting! Very visual! A complete rollercoaster ride without a theme park ticket!
Date published: 2019-06-02

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