The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

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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 she stumbles across the ad, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss--a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten--by the luxurious "smart" home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare--one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that 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 girls, 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.

She 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, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2019.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501188770
Branch Call Number: WARE R
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 21, 2019

I have been a fan of Ruth Ware ever since "In a Dark, Dark, Wood." Her latest book, "Turn of the Key," is a spellbinding thriller, impossible to put down, work of genius. I read it in one sitting! If you like a little mystery, a little thriller, and a little horror, this book has them all tied up in a pretty bow.

JCLPiepieB Aug 08, 2019

I couldn't put this book down! I think it is Ruth Ware's best! The climax genuinely scared me, and I didn't guess any of the "twists." Chilling and creepy!

Jul 30, 2019

This book does not make me want a "smart" home. Heatherbrae House may seem like a dream come true, but it is really a nightmare. Our narrator--the nanny--is in prison. A little girl was in her care and that girl is dead. The nanny will admit she made some mistakes, but she swears she does not know how the girl died. In her desperation she writes a letter to a potential solicitor attempting to tell her story and convince him to represent her. As with her other thrillers, there is a locked room type mystery to be solved. The tale becomes more and more twisted as we turn the pages. You are holding your breath until the chilling finish.


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