The Turn of the Key (Signed Book)

The Turn of the Key (Signed Book)

by Ruth Ware

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982133740
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 The 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. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.

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The Turn of the Key 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Masterly told story of suspense, revolving around a Victorian House in Scotland that had been the Former Doctor Grant's home. Dr. Grant is renoun for 2 things: his famous Garden of Poisons and the death of his 11 year old daughter. Into this house, moves a family with 4 girls ranging from 14years old to 18 months. The Girl's Parents are tech head geeks who specialize in Rehabbing Antique Structures. Elite and well to do, the rely on their staff at home to help them raise their daughters. But a string of Nannies abruptly leaving after short employment there, leads some to think the house must be haunted.Enter Rowen, a childcare worker in London who is just itching at a job far away from the unsatisfactory, menial work she is doing at a day care center. Will she be the nanny who the need?
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a suspenceful and interesting book that I really enjoyed ... until the End. There was no End; the author leaves us hanging. Disappointed.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Love all her books snd this one definitely kept me up all night till I finidhed.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Had an honest "damn" moment at the end.
DG_Reads 4 months ago
I received an uncorrected digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Gallery / Pocket Books and NetGalley for the chance to read and provide an honest review! Rating: 4.5 / 5 THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware is written in the form of letters from the main character Rowan Caine to the man she is hoping will step in as her solicitor. She is writing from prison, accused in the death of a child in her care. The letter she is writing lays out her background and how she came to be in the position she's in. Rowan spots an ad for a too good to be true post as a live-in nanny and she is thrilled to be offered the position. The family lives at Heatherbrae House, a home far away in the Scottish Highlands with a Victorian feel, but also with all the modern touches of a "smart" home. The house is rumored to be haunted and several prior nannies have left unexpectedly as a result. Rowen shows up with impeccable references and an impressive CV, so she is hired on and dumped right into the work. There are four children (plus two dogs), one a teen away at school for most of the time and three young children who will be under her primary care 24/7 almost right away. She must figure out how to work the house and how to break through to the children who have had so much upheaval in their life. Alone with the kids, things start to go bump in the night. Mysterious footsteps from above Rowan's room, a 'smart' house which goes haywire in the middle of the night turning on all of the lights and noises it can muster. The children seem to be working against her and she has little to no contact with the outside world apart from the handyman. As things begin to go wrong, Rowan must even question whether he could be behind some of what is going on at Heatherbrae House. Rowan admits to her solicitor that she has made some mistakes. She admits to bad behavior herself, but she absolutely stands behind her claim of innocence. This was the perfect thriller to add to my weekend reading during the recent 24in48 Readathon. It kept me hooked, making it easy to stick with my reading at the end of a long day. Ruth Ware does an incredible job of building the suspense to the very last minute. The house is built up to be a very atmospheric, eerie place! She drops in hints and reveals twists as the story progresses, some of which were complete surprises to me. There were some elements of the very end of the book that felt a little abrupt to me and I think I would have liked some things fleshed out a bit more, but overall I really enjoyed this read! If you enjoy a book with a good haunted house feel and suspenseful thriller, then you will want THE TURN OF THE KEY on your shelf when it releases 8/6/2019!
Anonymous 27 days ago
This was worse than her last one - no more Ruth Ware for me!
Anonymous 27 days ago
Loved the letter approach. The ending was great but left me wanting more.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book has the awesome reveal like all of her books! Heart breaking but phenomenal
Anonymous 3 months ago
best book I have read in sometime
Anonymous 3 months ago
Ruth Ware hit it out of the park with this one. I read The Death of Ms. Westaway first, and was worried that this one couldn't match it. But it was so well done. So many twists. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this one. I honestly wasn't able to guess the end till I was upon it. very well done
Anonymous 3 months ago
You interested
Anonymous 4 months ago
The book was ok. It seemed to unravel in certain place. The "surprises" were good but not strong. The ending was ok. But no big surprises.
Anonymous 4 months ago
iiiireader 4 months ago
This is the first book I have read by Ruth Ware. I didn’t know what to expect but the book, in the end, was much more than I could have hoped for. There is so much psychological twists and turns, it was hard to try to think ahead to what the possible ending could be. Good thing, too, as I would never have expected what happened. Rowan Caine is writing her hoped-for lawyer from prison. In trying to explain how she is innocent, she starts from the beginning and gives detail so he can understand. Rowan is the new live-in child minder for four girls. The girls range in age from very young to a teenager. The salary should have warned her that this job was far from easy but, for her own reasons, it still made complete sense to leave family and friends in England and move to Scotland and an isolated manor house. What she discovers is very odd, sinister and yet, she is still brave enough to keep going where others have fled, literally after half a day on the job. Rowan is constantly trying to be the perfect nanny and not let any of her quirks show through. The letters from prison were a plot device that I really liked. It gave us a taste of the future but without giving too much of the past away. I will certainly be looking for other books by this author. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
RMeckley 4 months ago
The title The Turn of the Key is a nod to the Henry James ghost story The Turn of the Screw. This new story, however, is updated in many ways, including the use of a smart house. The story is so good, but my best suggestion to potential readers is to know as little as possible about the book before you read it. Go into it cold for best effect. The plot is intricately woven, clever, mysterious, scary, and the writing is seamless, smoothly flowing, and so very good. I highly recommend The Turn of the Key! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a preprint of this book.
Anonymous 16 hours ago
Rowan Caine stumbles across the perfect job in the classified ads. Nannying a rich family with three kids. The job is located in a luxury house in Scotland which offers all the modern conveniences, and the pay is too good to be true. Of course we know what they say about something being too good to be true.... Ruth Ware is an author I have come to count on for dark twisty books. I didn't even realize how many of her books I read until looking at Goodreads: In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game and the Death of Mrs. Westaway--all of which I have enjoyed. Turn of the Key brought more of the dark twistiness I have come to expect from her books, and it kept me guessing until the end. This book has all the ingredients of a good twisty read. There may/may not be ghost and cameras spy on her all day long. The house also has a technology system full of bugs that seems bent on torturing her at weird hours. The cast is also suspect. Anyone could be the bad guy--the terrible Dad, the absent mom, the gardener, the odd fourteen year old who knows a little too much. I couldn't put this book down (except at night since I was afraid I wouldn't sleep!), and enjoyed the twistiness till the end.
Anonymous 22 hours ago
I like this book, the ending wasn't the greatest but I didn't think it was as bad as some other reviews made it out to be
Anonymous 1 days ago
I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery/Scott Press for a free copy for an honest review. Rowan Caine applies for a live-in nanny post at Heatherbrae House in the Scottish Highlands. She is now writing to her lawyer in prison as the nanny position turned into a nightmare. I have read all of Ruth Ware's books but I think this one is the best so far. I read it in one sitting as I found it unputdownable. The characters are very believable and the plot is ghostly and unsettling. The surprise ending left me speechless. I find Ruth Ware to be an excellent storyteller and the book was well-written. I look forward to reading her next book and I would highly recommend this book to those who love suspenseful mystery thrillers.
Philomath_in_Phila 14 days ago
‏I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. What would you do if you were in jail for murder? Try to get someone to help you, of course. That is exactly what the main character in Ruth Ware's latest, The Turn of the Key, attempts to do. From her jail cell, Rowan Caine writes her lawyer begging for his help. I work in a courtroom in the criminal court system and hear trial after trial of people accused of various felonious crimes, including murder. I heard countless defendants testify. However, their stories are always fed bit by bit as the attorneys ask questions. This book is a defendant's story as it happened, from her point of view, from start to finish. While I enjoyed the format, I found the story hard to get into. I am glad that I finished reading it because the surprise ending makes the story worth reading. I would be remiss if I did not mention the story takes place inside a smart house. The house is so central to the story it could be considered a character itself. Ware makes us question whether the convenience of smart technology is worth the lack of privacy. The story is a slow burn but worth reading. This 200-word review was published on on 9/9/19.
Jessica_Wendorf 14 days ago
Coming off the heels of Riley Sager’s new book, Lock Every Door, which I would also categorize as a gothic thriller, this book is just what I needed and more. You know when you finish a book with a specific feeling? It is almost a combination of longing for another book just like it, a little bit of sadness because you wish you could reread this book with fresh eyes, and joy because it accomplished the exact feelings the author anticipated. Basically, I was feeling all that and then some. This book surrounds 24-year-old Rowan Caine who currently works in a childcare center when she stumbles across an article looking for a nanny, offering a generous salary, which was tied together with a bow. That bow is a beautiful “smart house” named the Heatherbrae House located in “beautiful Scottish highlands.” I promise I am not giving anything by saying this because Ruth Ware makes it known early on --- Rowan ends up in prison and one of the children end up dead… dun dun dun! There are two main factors that I think made this story unravel beautifully: the way the story was laid out and the setting. I don’t want to say too much about the way the story was laid out because I felt that was crucial right off the bat. What I will say is that it kept the story flowing in a way that you slowly gathered details, but in a somewhat fast-paced way. I know that sounds a little crazy, but that is the best way I can describe it. It was executed beautifully. I promise. The setting is a story in itself! A fricken smart house! Not just any smart house, a converted smart house that is a combination of modern and vintage design. The descriptions are beautifully creepy. I wonder if the author took the time to design this house separate from the story. Regardless, I want to see this house come to life! The thing is, I can’t think of a book I have ever read with this type of setting. That in itself really adds to the thrill of this read. Hats off to Ms. Ware for writing such a fabulous read. In my opinion, this is definitely the best book she has written to date.
Anonymous 15 days ago
This was a bit of a disappointment. The plot dragged along and then everything wrapped up in the last 30 pages. Not her best.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Great read! Easily got swept into Rowen's world of mystery, suspense, emotional torment , and shocking findings.
the_judylwd 15 days ago
I finished The Turn of the Key a couple hours ago and I'm still in shock at the ending. The book is written in a series of letters by Rowan, the nanny, from jail to a defense attorney. She has been arrested for murdering one of her charges. She works her way back from the beginning of the story to how she has been arrested. This book was unputdownable from start to finish as I had to keep reading just one more chapter. I felt so bad for Rowan. She has met the three little ones once and then on her first full day, she is left in charge while the parents leave for a week on business. Then all kinds of weird things start happening in a house that she's not familiar with and the house is operated by technology! I highly recommend if you like thrillers in general, and specifically thrillers with a gothic feel. I will be adding Ruth Ware's other books to my tbr list! Thank you to Netgalley and Pocket Books for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Didn't even seem like I was reading a Ruth Ware book. I expect grammar and punctuation errors in 99 cent books but not hers. Sentence structure poor, misspelled words are very distracting. Some sentences didnt even make sense. Here is an example; "I need to meet her face to face or at least in person" Huh?