IT WAS THE DREAM JOB. IT WOULD BECOME HER WORST NIGHTMARE.
‘So clever and original . . . from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist’ ERIN KELLY, author of He Said/She Said
'Ruth Ware just gets better and better. The Turn of the Key is her most compelling and addictive to date; I read this in a two sitting frenzy, barely able to turn the pages fast enough' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs
When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences by a 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 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…
'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' SHARI LAPENA, author of Someone We Know
Full of chilling menace and sinister secrets, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel that will keep you reading through the night.
Everyone loves Ruth Ware’s binge-worthy psychological thrillers:
‘The queen of creepy crime’ Metro
‘Eerie and tense, this left me so spooked that I slept with the light on!’ Prima
‘Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty…I devoured it’ Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House
‘Dark and dramatic...part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting’ A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
'Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down' JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before
‘One of the best thriller writers around’ Independent
‘Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the Train’ The Sun
‘Dark, unsettling, brilliant’ HEAT
‘Deliciously dark and spooky’ Sunday Mirror
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In The Turn of the Key, the Victorian ghost story gets a fantastic 21st-century update when a haunted house is crossed with a smart home. We know we can’t trust our narrator, Rowan Caine, who buried some secrets and told a few lies to land a nanny job at a mysterious Scottish estate. But it’s the technology that terrifies: Cameras are everywhere, and the lights, music, and curtains have minds of their own, making the mystery Ruth Ware cooks up involving the death of a child all the more skin-prickling. As the story continued to unravel through Rowan’s jail-cell letters, we hardly knew who—or what—to believe.
Ware's excellent psychological thriller, as the title suggests, references Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. It includes a nanny alone, a house that appears to be haunted, and children who aren't quite what they seem. But Ware hauls the story into the 21st century by making the technology of today as menacing as the story's isolated location, a Scottish estate., Rowan Caine, a young woman with secrets, stands accused of murdering one of the four children in her care while serving as a nanny. But which child died under her care, what brought Rowan to Scotland in the first place, and what were the events that led up to that fateful event? The answers to those questions slowly reveal themselves, with each answer resulting in a myriad of new questions., Unhappy in her job at a London daycare center, Rowan answers an advertisement for a live-in nanny, one with a very generous salary, for architects Bill and Sandra Elincourt. Even before traveling north to interview for the job, Rowan immediately discovers the first of many warning signs that maybe the position is too good to be true: four predecessors have all walked off the job in the last year. As a result, that promised salary comes in the form of a lump-sum bonus only after she's completed her term of service. She also learns that the enormous house where the family lives has been wired to be smart in every way, with an Alexa-on-steroids program called Happy that manages the most mundane of daily activities turning on lights, making lists while also ensuring that privacy is a thing of the past., Once Rowan arrives in Scotland, she quickly wins over Sandra, whose claims to be less than enamored of the house's technology prove to be less than genuine. Then Bill and Sandra announce they need to leave her alone with the children while they work on a major project, and those children are not enthralled by the new nanny. Ware does a good job of creating tension through the vastness of the house and grounds, bringing in elements such as a nasty housekeeper, a handsome handyman with an agenda, a walled poison garden, and an attic filled with secrets., But above all, Ware skillfully lays the bread crumbs to the novel's satisfying conclusion without dropping too many hints or duping the reader. She presents Rowan as a woman making questionable decisions, and, by the end, provides a reason for each of those decisions, if not a justification. The final section not only pulls together the plot's many threads but also leaves readers with one final, haunting question, one that will stay with them long after they turn the last page. , Agatha Award finalist Edwin Hill is the author of Little Comfort.
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Turn of the key - worth reading
Could not put this down! Loved it!!
Kept me hooked
Really enjoyed this book. Had butterflies durning the spooky bits. Twists in the plot that I didn’t see coming. Very gripping. Ending left me needing to know more.
Another good read
Another brilliantly written book by ruth ware. A real on the edge of the seat read. Very descriptive and well written. A Thoroughly enjoyable read