The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

eBook - 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.

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Eil_1
Feb 15, 2020

Better than "The Woman in Cabin Ten". Although Ware cleared up the mysterious occurrences at the house, the ending left me with questions that left me disappointed. Wouldn't recommend this book and wonder why there is so much hype about this author.

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Pacguyluvbook
Feb 12, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me entertained the entire time. I read it in about two and a half days. . I really really enjoyed the ending, I did not see that coming and I love the way the author pretty much waits until more or less the very end of the book to tie all the pieces together. I highly recommend it.

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gloryb
Feb 03, 2020

After reading this novel by Ruth Ware, I will be interested in reading other books by her. I usually don't read ghost stories and didn't realize this was one until I was well into the story and then I couldn't put it down. It is a novel approach using elements of a traditional ghost story, but I liked the author's introduction of a new element - a computerized home. The author has a unique way of telling the story - as a letter written to a lawyer pleading to save her from being convicted as a child murderer. Although the character is around 30 years old (revealed towards the end), the way she talks she seems more like a young woman in her early 20's. I wasn't expecting the twists at the end of story where all the motives and background information of the characters are revealed. An enjoyable read!

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scrowell_09
Jan 26, 2020

It was a spooky thriller and I was caught up in the story but the ending was disappointing, lacked credibility, and confusing in that you were not really sure what happened to the main character.

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Bookworm1136
Jan 24, 2020

4-4 1/2 star read. I've read every one of Ware's books and enjoyed them all. This book grabbed my interest right from the beginning. A young girl, Rowan, takes a job as a nanny to a well off family living in a remote home in Scotland. All the previous nannies had quit, some after a short period of time. One of the children warns Rowan about ghosts in the house, and Rowan discovers that there is a tragic history to the home. But she wants to do a good job of looking after the girls entrusted to her care so she stays. And strange things start to happen, noises in the night, malfunctions in the electronics of the smart home, things disappear. And when something terrible happens, all the secrets start to come out, including Rowan's. With an ending that I didn't see coming, this was a very good read, a real page turner.

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htliang
Jan 18, 2020

Pleasantly surprised to find myself reading this fast-paced mystery at every opportunity.
The creepy atmosphere includes a disturbing doll's head, a poison garden, a hidden attic, and a high-tech smart home that sees everything.
Plus a great ending that I didn't see coming.

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RieleyC
Jan 14, 2020

I guess I just expected more, considering the long waitlist and high regards for the author...but it was just not great. The ending was less than satisfactory and didn't seem to do much justice for the mystery that was set up throughout the book. The story had great potential but overall it was a let down. I would pass on this, and probably won't be reading her other books as I had planned to, mostly because this seems to be her best rated book.

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JLMason
Jan 01, 2020

An enjoyable read of a classic trope made modern - nanny goes to remote country “smart” house to look after troubled children - with some unpredictable twists, but the ending was not credible.

JCLMeghanF Dec 31, 2019

This novel will make you think twice before getting a smart house! A gripping thriller about a dead child, a nanny with secrets, and a house that just might be haunted. I recommend reading it during the day, with your virtual assistant completely disabled.

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GreenDog2006
Dec 29, 2019

I've tried all 5 of Ware's books so far, and am now ready to acknowledge that whatever the critics see in her work, I can't find it. This is the 3rd of the 5 that I'm not bothering to finish. The best one has been The Lying Game, and that's not saying much - I would only give it 3 stars. There are a lot better books out there to read.

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