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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

I know you don’t know me, but you have to help me. I didn’t kill anyone.

When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she 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 her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. 

She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is....

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel. 

Preorder this addictive new psychological thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Ruth Ware today. 

©2019 Ruth Ware (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending." (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)

"So clever and original.... Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said)

"Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down." (JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before)

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Book of the year? Really?

Book of the year? Really?
I bought this book because of the 4 and 5 star reviews and the book was so disappointing. I guess we all have different taste but really Book of the year!
This was one of the most boring, drawn out, mind-numbing books I've read in a long time.
One of the children makes a remark early in the book about how things are better when he's not around. You are led to believe the child is referring to her father. If that's the case, there is no reason for the rest of the story. Everything that happened in the story was to make sure the father doesn't leave.
Nothing was believable, from Rowan to the poison garden. All the characters are shallow and it was impossible to bond with them. You were told early in the story, a child dies.
When the event happened, it just happened. It wasn't really sad, it just was.
Rowan who had worked in child care for 10 yrs, can't handle 3 small children. Sandra and Bill didn't seem to want children and were more concerned about their careers than their kids. Bill was cliche as the super wealthy pervert, as was Sandra as the ditsy blond. The handyman and the maid were just creepy. They would just pop up out of nowhere. The children were not likable.
You could pretty much figure out the ending early on in the book. With the exception of a home which was controlled almost completely by artificial intelligence, nothing really scary happened.
Maddie ( one of the children) was a sociopath. It was unbelievable with all the AI that controlled the house, Maddie was never caught on camera.

Imogen Church was fantastic with the delivery of the story and the only reason I was able to finish.

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The Turn of the Key

Excellent book it kept me guessing all the time, with twists and turns through the whole story. A definite must read. The narration was excellent.

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Excellent

Engaging story with some surprising twists (and some not so surprising ones). A little slow in parts but overall very enjoyable and quite addictive. Can't give enough praise for the narrator, she absolutely nailed it throughout.

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Awesome book

A very good read including excellent narration and performance. Very interesting story from start to end you cant stop listening .

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Gripping story. Had me on the edge of my seat all the time. Great narrator

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A masterful narration

Really enjoyed Ruth Wares latest book, made even more enjoyable by the incredible narration by Imogen Church. I have read or listened to every one of Ruth Wares books and always look forward to them. THe Turn of the Key kept my attention throughout, with a great cast of characters, and interesting plot.

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Brilliant..!

Ruth Ware is a brilliant writer. And Imogen Church is very talented..! Extremely enjoyable audible..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-19

Returned

Story started well but I gave up through part one as couldn't stand listening to the narrator anymore!


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  • Marple
  • 09-13-19

Sorry not for me

I found this to be trite and rather rubbish. I loved Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs Westaway, it had atmosphere and wonderful characters this sadly had neither. Yes there was a twist but out of the blue and not believable.

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  • Dr Ian
  • 09-08-19

The complete package

This is everything you'd look for in an audio book. The plot is well constructed, not overly complex but has its really great moments. The characters all stand out for us and are well defined. The narration is excellent. The narrator has taken the time to read the book, got to know the book and puts in a great performance on every line.

The only one slightly irritating thing is a slight overdose of the upper middle classes. We have many uses of the word "supper" not dinner. For some reason, for me this word smacks of people who've never done a proper day's work in their lives.

Anyway, I digress. This book is great. If you want to listen in large doses then you won't be able to stop. For a short bedtime listen then you won't find it a problem to follow the story over a period of several weeks or months.

This really is as close to a perfect audio book as I've ever found. I really like the other Ruth Ware stories as well.

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  • jayne peate
  • 10-23-19

disappointed

long winded like a piece of creative writing for an exam ending ok but mostly dull and droning

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  • Chan
  • 10-23-19

Failed at the last hurdle

The narration was excellent, I was so invested in the characters and story but the ending was ridiculous. Long winded for such a rushed ending. Hoped for so much more

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  • J B
  • 10-01-19

Brilliant Book

When I see a book that is read by Imogen Church, I know I am in for a book that cant be put down!
I have had books written by Ruth Ware before but I couldn't stop listening to this book, it was a very good story, kept me guessing what the end would be, and very surprised when it was revealed , didn't see that coming!!and brilliantly read by Imogen, as always, she is my favourite narrator, always amazes me how she puts so much into reading a book,, always keeps one interested in what she reads.
Ready now to download the next book by Ruth, if this book is anything to go by, I wont be disappointed!

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  • S. Christie
  • 09-29-19

Wow! Download this now!

Amazing book! Read it in one sitting... just couldn’t put it down. Absolutely loved it. Ruth just keeps getting better and better . Loads of suspense and twists and turns and the narration was superb! Imogen Church was just perfect. I loved everything about it and thoroughly recommend.

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  • K. Sewell
  • 09-23-19

Ghost story ?

My first read/listen by Ruth Ware. I was not overly taken with the story, partly because is was so ludicrously improbable, especially when the plot was unravelled towards the end.
If you like being scared, it had its old fashioned edge-of-the-seat scary moments, not badly written.
It was hard to like the main character, and she was her own worst enemy. Losers don't make for good heroines.

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  • Kelly
  • 09-08-19

Excellent!

Very atmospheric and creepy! It kept me guessing until the very end! Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Cybercat
  • 08-31-19

Frightening

Gripping with suspense from the first few pages. If you enjoy psychological thrillers this one is for you. The ending is seemingly left hanging in the air, but I get it. Since I put the book down I’ve been anxiously contemplating the choices. The suspense and the dread simply continues. A very good read.

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  • Lena
  • 01-15-21

21st century gothic!

One of my favourite Ruth Ware books. Great characterisation, very compelling mystery. Tense, poignant and dark.

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  • Jessica
  • 08-03-20

A screw loose?

What an absolutely appalling rendition of Henry James’ The Turn of The Screw.
The plot was predictable (to be expected in a re-invention), but all attempts to modernise the story just made it far more difficult to suspend my disbelief due to the terrible lampshading and obvious tropes.
As for the supposed ‘twist in the tale’, the first two were easily guessed and the final one so ridiculous and last minute that it offered nothing to the story. My Audible AU account has approx. 350 books and my Audible US account has approx. 150 in there. Never once have I bothered to actually write a review, rather than just use the star rating, but given that I often use the reviews to make my purchase decisions and rely on the word of others. I could not in good conscience let this one pass so as to be sure no one else wastes their time or money. If you are looking for a good suspense read I would recommend The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell or even better Too Close by Natalie Daniels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-20

Edge of the seat

Absolutely loved the narrator! Different narrators for each character couldn't have made them more distinct. The story was at times predictable, but knowing what was going to happen only added to the excitement. I found myself shouting "don't do this!" or "you've GOT to leave NOW!" The ending, however, was anything but predictable. I didn't see it coming.

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  • sarah
  • 08-19-19

don't bother!

this book was long and drawn out all leading up to such a dull unimaginative ending! the only saving grace was the narrator

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  • Nerissa
  • 08-19-19

Enjoyed it

I liked it but thought the ending was a bit....predictable and kind of deflating. I liked the twists and turns and kept me reading, but could have had a better ending.

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  • frlhughes
  • 09-25-21

Genuinely suspenseful and far superior to the woman in Cabin10

This really held my interest despite being a little long. The ending I thought was clever - in the implication it left (not wanting to provide any spoiler). The narration was outstanding. I have only read 2 Ruth Ware books and this was streets ahead of The woman in Cabin 10. Much more character and plot development.

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  • Brenda
  • 09-04-21

Great narration

The narrator did an incredible job portraying all the characters and telling the story. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-20-21

Loved it!

Twists and turns towards the end that were quite unexpected. I find it hard to find books that keep me interested with my short attention span but this did the job. Great narrator aswell

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-26-20

bit disappointing

Narrator was excellent and I listened right to the end but did struggle in parts to finish because it felt like it wasn't going anywhere. The revelations at the end weren't very exciting

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  • karina
  • 08-16-20

clever twists!

what an amazing book! read at night for extra thrill. have not read a book with amazing ending like this one for a long time