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 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.
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


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down This is the first Ruth Ware book that I have read and I LOVED it!! It had a great mystery element to it and the curiosity of wanting to discover what happens in the story made it impossible to put down- I finished it within days. It has all the right twists and turns right up till the last page!
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I listened to the audio book and it was amazing. The format was unique and made it more interesting than other books. I love all of her books as there is always a unique twist that you never expect. The thought of the paranormal was a nice touch. Suspenseful, exciting, well written mystery
Date published: 2019-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Scottish mystery The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is my favorite thriller so far this year. Ruth Ware, often referred to as the Agatha Christie of our time, has penned her best yet. Rowan, a child-care worker, unexpectedly comes across an online ad for a nanny position in Scotland. It's one of those opportunities that seems too good to be true: a job taking care of children in a high-tech mansion in the Scottish Highlands with an income that can't be matched. To her surprise, Rowan gets the position to care for four young girls, from toddler to teen. Before long, one of the children is killed and Rowan is imprisoned, charged with murder. What happened in such a short time? In a letter written to a lawyer she hopes will defend her, she explains that the children she had met at the interview were not well-behaved, as she had been led to believe. The large house was monitored with cameras in every corner, with speakers turning on and off, day and night. She could not trust the estate handyman, the only other adult on site. And Rowan was left alone with the children during her first days there. The novel proceeds at a slow pace, with new clues dispersed here and there, leaving the reader wanting more. This is a novel for all mystery readers, especially those who want a little cringing with their reading. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read I think that 'Turn of the Key' has become my new favourite Ruth Ware novel!! The story moved along at a good pace and kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning - putting the idea of sleep on the back burner. The plot was solid and the characters were vivid - albeit strange and creepy as well.....................but then again, it is a Ruth Ware novel that we're talking about here. I would have given it 5 stars except for a few inconsistencies - which don't really detract too much from the overall plot - and the credibility of the characters is exaggerated with respect to their ages in my opinion. I can forgive Ware with her obvious depiction of Rhiannon as a spoiled and petulant 14 year old - after all, she is a teenager, but I have trouble with the degree of subterfuge which was afforded to the younger characters of Maddie and Ellie - I won't divulge my suspicions here for fear of spoiling the story but if you read the book you'll understand what I'm hinting at.
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical Typical Ruth Ware novel— very atmospheric and creepy but it just drags and drags until a quick rush ending. The characters also lose their place a few times, starting in one area of the house at the beginning of a paragraph and suddenly being in another without any word of them moving. Read it at night to really set the creepy tone of the book, but don’t expect much from the last few chapters.
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Picked it up on Thursday and wrapped it up by Sunday. Could not put it down. Definitely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2019-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So very, very good! I absolutely love Ruth Ware's writing! I have been eagerly waiting for her newest - The Turn of the Key. The cover image makes me wonder what's on the other side of the door and the title itself hints at things hidden away. The premise builds on that initial impression..... Childcare worker Rowan is looking for a job change. When she sees an ad for a live in nanny for the Elincourt family, she applies - and to her surprise gets the job. One catch - she must start asap. Did I mention that Heatherbrae House is quite isolated out in the countryside? And that it is a 'smart' house - controlled by an app? A Gothic feel with a side of modern. We know that something has gone very, very wrong right from the beginning of the book. Rowan is writing a letter to a lawyer, explaining what happened and I was caught up in the tale immediately. Rowan is left in charge of the four daughters right away as Mr and Mrs Elincourt must travel to a convention for work. This was unexpected for Rowan. And the children do not seem to want her there. But is it just the children? The house seems to have a mind of its own as well..... Ruth Ware is a master at building the suspense. Everyday occurrences take on a malevolent air - items misplaced, unexplained drafts and noises and more. The tension grows and grows - and I found myself mentally shouting at Rowan to just leave the house. The movie equivalent of don't go in the basement applies to the attic in this case. Ware's description of the house made it easy to imagine the setting. Making the house a 'smart' house adds a layer and more questions to the story. I appreciated the many what if's and possibilities afforded by the isolation and the electronics - and the history of the house and previous nannies. Let alone the family - there are secrets in this house, and Rowan hints at one in her own as well. The ending provides a twist - one I hadn't thought of, but the finale wasn't the outcome I had imagined. Another excellent book from Ruth Ware!
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read this page turner in three days!!! A favourite RUTH WARE book for my love of reading! A PAGE TURNER! Lots of surprises and action!!!!
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive ! I didn’t put this book down. Read it one sitting, if only they could write as quickly as we read ! I love Ruth Ware and her style. The only criticism I have is the ending. It was a twist I wasn’t expecting but didn’t leave me as satisfied as her other novels have.
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ruth Ware book to date I have read all Ruth Ware’s books and this one is my favourite to date. This creepy, psychological mystery got the pacing just right and I read it in two days. The ending wrapped up a bit quickly but I also did not guess the final plot twist. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC and to Ruth Ware for writing another page-turner. Can’t wait for her next book.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Without a doubt, THE TURN OF THE KEY is my favourite novel by Ruth Ware. A gothic delight with a zooming pace, creepy setting, and intricately laid clues that escaped my attention until the end when they snapped together and left me no choice but to mentally applauded Ware for a job well done. Plot twists have become a staple in mysteries and thrillers, a gotcha moment where the reader is supposed to be surprised but not confused. Laying notable clues throughout a novel without arousing suspicion is no easy feat, and in THE TURN OF THE KEY there were multiple unexpected reveals working together yet I never saw a single one coming. Absolute perfection. Five stars all the way. You've gotta read it.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Atmosphere Ruth Ware is a master at writing atmosphere. This book carried the perfect amount of suspense with quite a few twists that I did not see coming. Certainly there were things that could be assumed early on, but I loved that she still found ways to surprise. It was interesting that the entire book is written as a series of (with one much more detailed) letters. While this is not my favorite Ruth Ware novel, I’d say it ranks in the top two or three for me. The ending was not my favourite style and really where my only criticism of this book lay. Definitely a worthwhile read and a sure hit for anyone who’s enjoyed Ruth Ware’s previous books.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive thriller! Wow! Just WOW!! Ruth Ware does it yet again with another heart-pounding, addictive novel! Way to go Ruth! This book was so good I literally flew through the chapters eager to see what would happen next. I loved Rowan’s character. She was determined to fight for what she wanted in life, although she didn’t always make the best decisions, and seemed like a truly nice young woman. After moving into the Heatherbrae House to care for three young girls while their parents were away on business with work, Rowan finds herself living in a beautiful, modern home with many perks. Slwoly but surely strange things begin to happen in the home that Rowan is unable to explain. Things begin going missing, being misplaced, strange noises are made, the two oldest girls act strange from time to time and she has a rough go of it as the family’s new live-in nanny. Determined not to give up Rowan does her best to take care of the girls and be the best nanny that she can possibly be, despite it all. With shocking twists and turns, this novel will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read along and flip the pages. With revelation after revelation, and a shocking end that will have you saying WHAT!? this book was seriously amazing. You must read it now, you will love it!
Date published: 2019-08-18
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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