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The Turn of The Key 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

  • Hardcover
  • 337 pages
  • The Turn of The Key
  • Ruth Ware
  • English
  • 14 January 2016
  • 9781501188770

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10 thoughts on “The Turn of The Key

  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    AUGUST 2019 BOTM SELECTION Dear Mr WrexhamYou have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess but I've realized there is no magic formula here There is no way I can make you listen to my case So I'm just going to have to do my best to set things out However long it takes however much I mess this up I'm just going to keep going and tell the truthAnd so begins our tale I'm sure that unless you've been walking around with your eyes closed and your ears plugged up you've caught wind of this upcoming release but if not let me give you a brief introduction The Turn of the Key is a compulsive tale of a nanny sitting in jail awaiting trial for the murder of one of her charges The entire book is told through letters from said nanny to a potential solicitor recalling the events leading up to her incarceration along with a few surprise notes at the end The basic jist of events is that we begin with Rowan answering an advertisement for a nannying position in the Scottish countryside The catch is that this particular household has been through 4 nannies in less than a year and the reasons behind this are murkily associated to legends of the estate being haunted Shenanigans ensue all hell breaks loose and much havoc is played out over the course of the book As someone who has taken time to warm to Ware's novels over the year I think she's found her niche in the gothic suspense genre I truly enjoyed Mrs Westaway and I believe The Turn of the Key is her best novel yet The pacing was 100% what I was praying for and the creepy elements such as the locked closet the poison garden and the smart home with little to no privacy were all excellent inclusions and flawlessly executed I found that even the supporting characters especially Jack and Jean were just as intriguing as Rowan was My only complaint was with the ending; it felt like a bit of a let down after such a large build up and even though it worked it felt like the easy ending to take The twists may or may not surprise you; I felt that I had most of them figured out but there were a few smaller twists that took me completely by surprise which I wholly appreciated If you're looking for a creepy character driven psychological thriller that will keep you thrilled and chilled from beginning to end definitely add The Turn of the Key to your late summer TBR Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy

  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Review of “TURN OF THE KEY” FOUR okay I loved it it freaked me out gave me enough chills my all nails are shorter oh wait a second I don’t have nails any and my arms are covered with stress bites my hair is in the air you made a great job Ruth Ware I wanted to clap but my hands are still shaking starsLet’s take a look what we have on the menu A naïve nanny who has little secrets is now in the jail waiting for her murder trial Creepy Victorian haunted house A big creepy place surrounded by an eerie ominous secret garden which is full of poisonous flowers served with charming Scottish gardenerhandyman Jack Three problem children and a baby like 80’s movie name but please be sure this is not comedy years old middle child of the family Maddie’s irritating behaviors; reminds us of Regan from Exorcist with her attitudes as if she’s embodied by devil at least she didn’t do the terrifying head spinning and Hereditary’s Charlie At least her head hasn’t been cut out of her body with a car accident Her little sister Ellie is not evil child but she was just annoying spoiled one which means she is regular 5 years old kid  Both of the girls come together for the mission to irritate poor nanny You hear the alarm bells ringing right? A sinister 14 year old sister joins the evil sisters club on the weekends Another meaner member of awkward family You may think they have uite resemblances with “Addams family” But you couldn’t be mistaken so much because Addams family members are cartoon characters when you compare them with these nerve racking people A workaholic snob show off mother and he’s flirty husband gives the young ladies his perverted looks When you read about their parents’ characteristic attributes you may realize The bad apples didn’t fall far from the tree I still don’t know which one is the worst The parent or their children? Creaking floors secret attics ghost stories runaway nannies And BAAMM we have a death childSo before you order your book and feed yourself with the disturbing riveting pages of the story ask yourself could you absorb all of these nerve bending details or could goose bumps on your arms and aching on your stomach force you to vomit because of too much pressure and stressful pages? If you say “I’m in” I recommend you to consume it with lighter foods greasy popcorn is not a good option especially at the parts of the book you’re introduced porcelain version of Annabelle baby’s head who could cut some parts of your body and make you bleed non alcoholic beveragesYou need clear mind to concentrate and enjoy the storySo it’s great combination of modern and gothic horror materials There are too many disturbing characters but it worked perfectly with this well rounded story tellingAnd the ending It is surprisingly nice touch Every little detail in this book is important so you have to give full attention for great satisfaction It’s fast pacing one or two sit reading Sip your soda preferably didn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup lay on your favorite couch silence your loved ones and begin to enjoy this book It’s one of the best thrillers of this year

  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    I am telling you the truth The unvarnished ugly truth And it is all that It is unpolished and unpleasant and I don't pretend I acted like an angel But I didn't kill anyone I just fucking didn't This wasn't bad but it was nowhere near as good as I was expecting from an author like Ruth Ware The protagonist Rowan Caine stumbles upon an opportunity that she considers amazing and I would consider an absolute nightmare a live in nanny to four children including one baby and one bratty teenager On top of this she's staying in the high tech Heatherbrae House a refurbished smart home with constant surveillance voice activated lights and an app to go with itUnlike Rowan I think this sounds like a horror story And honestly I found the book to be at its strongest when it is drawing on creepy horror tropes like creaking footsteps in the attic objects going missing and reappearing where the MC knows she already looked and freaky dolls The atmosphere is uite good and it would make for a somewhat spooky Halloween read The combination of nightmare children a malfunctioning house that seems haunted and the hunky but suspicious handyman kept me readingI also liked how Ware framed the story within a letter to a solicitor It worked so well that I'm surprised I haven't read books that have done this before that I recallBut it just wasn't very strong as a mystery in my opinion The culprit can be guessed pretty easily this really isn't a surprising reveal any and it irked me how it doesn't make sense for Rowan to withhold the identity of the dead child though of course she does so because once we know who it is it removes any doubt as to who the killer must be The author also dropped a lot of heavy handed hints about view spoilerRowan not being who she says she is hide spoiler

  4. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    This is my third book by the author so by this point I know she's great at creating an atmosphere a creepy ambianceNew nanny working for a family living in a remote house in Scotland Past nannies leaving after the house seems haunted with its dark history and secrets you get it It was interesting even a bit uniue since the main character wasn't likeable and that the format is through letters she's writing to a lawyer from prison since she's accused of murdering one of the child in her careThe ending was a bit lukewarm in my opinion but I can't wait to see how others feel about it allIf you're looking for a uick read for the fall and have liked her other books I would recommend Thank you Simon Schuster for this ARC

  5. NReads NReads says:

    not gonna lie I kinda hated it It's just that I struggled to finish it because it was uninteresting at least for me I waited and waited for the part that would freak me out but it didn't come at all And the twist well kind of surprising but it just didn't lead the story anywhere It was like here's the twist do whatever you want with that info I am uite inexperienced with thrillers maybe this is how they usually go however I was not pleased with this The audiobook was uite well made I'll give you that because I don't think I would have finished it in paper form I fell asleep while reading 2 nights in a row Thrillers? Aren't they supposed to keep you awake from the thrill?

  6. Meredith Meredith says:

    A nanny in jail accused of murdering one of the children in her care This is her story When Rowan a young nanny who lives in London comes across for an ad seeking a nanny to live in a remote area of Scotland it sounds too good to be true The pay is high the house is beautiful and the family seems lovely She is warned that previous nannies have uit due to the house being haunted Rowan doesn’t believe in ghosts so she pays no heed to the warning She is hired for the position and packs up her life in London and moves to remote Scotland But what is beautiful on the surface is hiding deep dark secretsOne of my favorite things about The Turn of the Key is the house which is named Heatherbrae Euipped with state of the art technology the whole house runs off an app it takes on a life of its own Juxtaposed with Victorian architecture and Gothic feel Heatherbrae adds another layer to The Turn of the KeyThe Turn of the Key is told only through Rowan’s eyes as she shares what led to her arrest through a series of letters to a solicitor Rowan is an unreliable narrator and the reader must contend with a lot of telling While this type of narrative style usually irks me I found that it works in this case as Rowan provides a detailed account of her time at Heatherbrae One just needs to continue to uestion whether or not her version of events is accurateThere are some twists as well some red herrings thrown in for good measure I guessed many of the smaller twists but I completely missed the most significant twist And I was looking for it Sadly my detective skills failed This twist added an additional layer and made me want to reread from the beginning The ending felt a bit rushed and I could have done without the final letter I would rather have been left guessing than be told a less than satisfying conclusion to Rowan’s story Overall this is an atmospheric slower paced psychological thriller with some intriguing twists and turns I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  7. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    Gothic creepy a house with a hideous historyOMG yes please This was hands down my favorite book by Ruth Ware All the stars for this one I have read all her books except The Death of Mrs Westaway which is sitting here in my bookcase waiting to be read Up until this point In a Dark Dark Wood was my favorite but wow oh wow I loved this bookFour nannies in a year umm okay people that should be a sign that there are some real problems at the Heatherbrae House Granted the house has an extensive history I mean don't all old homes? That is what Rowan told herself when she applied for the job Okay Rowan you just keep telling yourself that Drawn in by the generous salary and the gorgeous home she decided to roll the dice and try out the job even with the history of previous nannies not being able to cut it Were the the rumors true that the house was haunted? Is that what caused them to leave so uickly? Or was it the somewhat difficult children that they were entrusted to? I began to wonder if it was Sandra and Bill Elincourt whom appeared to be a bit challenging to deal with in themselvesI tell you what there is no way I would have spent numerous nights in this house like Rowan did I was completely creeped out as nightfall hit each evening Things were happening and they appeared to be supernatural Given the history of this home there is no doubt that is what would be running through my mind if I were staying there Add to it this smart house with all the amazing yet creepy features That would drive me mad in itself If I were Rowan I would be concerned that my employers were watching my every move meaning that someone else could be tooI have read some reviews that said this was a slow start or slow moving book but not for me I was sucked in from the very first page This was a really fast pace for me and I couldn't put it down I read this late into the night I am really looking forward to what Ware is going to come up with next I read this with a group of fellow Traveling Sisters It made for a fantastic group readThank you so much to GalleryScout Press for this ARC I received via Edelweiss I LOVED it Thanks you to Ruth Ware for another fantastic bookMerged review

  8. Mary Beth Mary Beth says:

    In the beginning of the book Rowan is writing a letter to Mr Wexham begging for him to help her She tells him that she is innocent of a crime of murder that she did not commit and that she needs his assistance with her trial that is coming up soon He is a lawyer and she wants him to prove her innocenceThere is an old house located in a remote area in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands Rowan becomes a nanny for a family of three children in this creepy estate The house has a haunted past Other nannies left and the family has a hard time keeping nannies The house has everything that you can imagine and Rowan is getting paid very well It is a smart house with different technology and it has creepy noises in the night Dark and disturbing events happen in this house The parents leave Rowan alone with their children in this estate What Rowan doesn't know is that she is stepping into a nightmare There are cameras installed in the house and she is having a difficult time and she knows that she has made some mistakes There is something about a Ruth Ware book that makes me excited to read it I loved The Death of Mrs Castaway and I knew that I would love this one once I opened the book This is gothic suspense a mystery and a thriller It is so creepy I loved the gothic atmosphere and it's elements The book was uite addicting It was totally gripping especially if you like gothic suspense like me It is so haunting I didn't see the twists coming and it had a couple of jaw dropping moments and I loved them I kept guessing till the very end I thought the characters were developed well and it was very well written The ending was so surprising This was a Traveling Sister read I want to thank Edelweiss Simon Schuster and Ruth Ware for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewAvailable Now

  9. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Ruth Ware's BEST work yetNot only is this my new FAVORITE Ruth Ware book this is also one of my favorite BOOKS OF 2019 As typically happens with meI fail to write reviews for the books I love the most It's a really odd thing I doPerhaps some day I will read this again and maybe write a review then Who knows It's anyone's guess at this point Just know I loved this highly recommend

  10. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is Ruth Ware's latest offering a chiller of a psychological thriller with its central protagonist 24 year old Rowan Caine working in childcare in London She is looking for another post when she come across an incredible job as a live in Nanny for the Elincourt family the parents Bill and Sandra are architects living in the remote Scottish Highlands and the pay for the post is unbelievable If there is one thing you should beware of it is that if a job sounds to be too good to be true then it is something Rowan is to discover to her cost At her weekend interview young Maddie warns Rowan to not take the job and it seems other nannies employed have left abruptly The Elincourts have four children from 18 months to 14 years old a heavy burden of responsibility for Rowan especially as she is left almost immediately as their sole carer with the parents travelling so often and it is no exaggeration to say that they are a real handfulHeatherbrae House itself is a jarring blend of Victorian with all the tech that makes it a smart home with cameras everywhere and a handy man Jack is employed Strange and eerie happenings create a creepy menacing and ghostly atmosphere within Heatherbrae and a litany of incidents culminate in the murder of a child Rowan is languishing in prison awaiting her trial for the murder concerned with her legal representation and writing a letter to a solicitor Mr Wrexham proclaiming her innocence of the crime she has been charged with and laying out the circumstances which have led to her present ghastly predicament She admits to not always being the perfect nanny and true to form with this genre she is an unreliable narrator and the characters are almost universally dislikeable This is an intense story of many twists small and big slow in pace and where you are going to have to suspend your sense of disbelief on occasion The premise of the novel held my interest although this is far from my favourite Ware book Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC

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