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The Turn of the Key

By: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (7,006 ratings)

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From the number one New York Times best-selling 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 pause-resisting thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

©2019 Ruth Ware (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • 08-12-19

Wow. So awful I can't even describe how awful.

This was the worst book I've listened to on Audible. Literally 90% of the book is the protagonist complaining and whining about her circumstances. I kept listening because I thought it would get better, but it got duller and duller to the point I'd rather be in another room to do laundry and other chores I absolutely dread. When I got back, it was just the protagonist whining about the same things.

The highlight of this book was when the protagonist was initially trying to figure out how to work the smart home system. It made me smile because I could relate to some aspects when I first set up my smart home like "Turn on Lamp. Turn on Light?" etc. However, even that got exasperating really quickly because the protagonist literally kept complaining about it every 5 minutes. I can't believe this book has so many good reviews. It's a story that could've been told in 30 minutes without the narration of the protagonist's God awful whining. Terrible, terrible, terrible in so many ways.

135 of 143 people found this review helpful

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Boring story with an uninteresting twist

I usually like Ruth Ware novels and was excited for this release, but the main character spends the first 3/4 of the novel whining about various things with nothing moving forward; the author found countless ways for her to say she can’t figure out how to work a smart home system, how difficult it is to Nanny somewhat difficult children and the dull, ghostly happenings that plague her when she’s trying to sleep. I also usually like Imogen Church but this reading is so melodramatic when describing her google searches. Waste of a credit.

71 of 76 people found this review helpful

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A Complete Waste Of Time!!!

I should’ve given up, instead of finishing this book. I hoped that the story would get better, and that I would be glad I stuck it out. Well, no such luck! The story is just plain old dumb! Even the twist at the end is pretty ridiculous! Also, why didn’t the publisher’s summary mention anything about the book addressing the supernatural??? Had I known, I would’ve passed on listening to it. The only two good parts were the narration and the realization that I could now move on to other books worthy of praise.

52 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

I feel like the author was trying to make a long book out of a flimsy story. It was overwrought, overwritten and verbose. Every scene and every description was 3 times too long. Example: “My necklace. My necklace. My necklace!!!”

49 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Not Ware at her best.

This story drags. Yes the trademark twist at the end is twisty, But the path getting there is a long drag.

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Disappointing, terrible story

Predictable and silly. I’ve enjoyed her other books, but this one felt rushed and forced. Save your credits.

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Unnecessarily long, leading no where

Started out interesting, however the same story line went on and on with an unsatisfying conclusion. I don’t recommend this book

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 08-14-19

I am officially done with Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware spoiled me with her first book. I thought she had so much potential as an author in my favourite genre. I pre-orderd 'The Turn of the Key' in anticipation, thinking perhaps she was getting back to her original writing style. I was wrong, and I am done with reading anything she writes. (I've read or listened to them all).

This book is awful. It's boring, the main character is an idiot, and nothing seemed to happen in the book that wasn't already transparent. I hated it, and at the end I said aloud 'Seriously, this is IT??'

Don't waste your money. The good reviews are baffling. Imogen Church is magnificent but even she can't save this train wreck.

Have a nice life, Ms Ware.

-Wendi

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No, Just No!

This book was a huge disappointment. I cannot really explain why without being a spoiler. I looked so forward to reading this and now feel super deflated. The ratings baffle me. I have now read all of this author’s books but this one is absolutely the last.

I would have given the reader a “5” but there was one word that was used throughout the book for which she substituted a sound. Once or twice would have been fine but continuously, it was annoying. Otherwise she did an amazing job.

46 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Not suspenseful or engaging

This story dragged on with many unlikeable characters and inane plot points that were so illogical they made my eyes roll. I skipped through half of it because I knew there would be a twist at some point and when it came it was pretty disappointing.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful