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
Sales rank: 14
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. 72 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days 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 13 days ago
fast read. ending is terrible. very frustrating
Anonymous 15 days ago
DG_Reads 15 days 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!
iiiireader 15 days 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 15 days 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.
MamaHendo 12 hours ago
A former nanny is writing to a solicitor from prison after being accused of murdering one of her charges. She is writing out of desperation. She is writing in the hopes that someone will listen to her story, so she can finally tell the truth about what she knows. So begins our tale narrated through Rowan's letters to Mr. Wrexham as she goes into detail about what led up to the night she found the young Elincourt girl dead. After losing several nannies abruptly the Elincourt family needed to find a replacement fast. During their first conversation Sandra Elincourt informs Rowan that the high salary comes with a bit of a warning - the last few nannies left due to a fear that the house might be haunted. Being a non-believer, Rowan immediately shook off the concerns Sandra was sharing and headed north to Scotland something Rowan would regret doing for the rest of her life. I had such high hopes for this one. The build up! The suspense! I had no idea where this was going and sad to say I wish it had gone in another direction. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the book but the ended left something to be desired. Fans of Ruth Ware will enjoy her masterful way of pulling you on a twisty journey. Have you read this? Let me know your thoughts.
Fredreeca2001 13 hours ago
Rowan accepts a nanny position in a remote area of Scotland. When she arrives, she is completely taken in by the “smart” house, the beautiful scenery, the enormous salary and the seemingly perfect family. The smart house is completely CREEPY! No privacy whatsoever…among other things..and the “perfect family”….oh no! Not even close! This book is twisted! Between the completely wired, gothic house, the weird owners, the poison garden and other creepy issues, this story had me on the edge of my seat. Which is shocking…I usually don’t like this format. It is told in letters to a solicitor by the nanny. Oh, did I mention the nanny is sitting in jail accused of killing one of her charges? Well! She is! The only reason this book is not getting 5 stars is the ending. The end of this story does not fit the build up. It is rushed and completely unsatisfying. But, do not let that stop you! It is still a great read! You do not want to miss this sinister tale!
Regan Smith 18 hours ago
Ruth Ware does it again! I have read every book written by Ware, with Woman in Cabin 10 being my favorite. The Turn of the Key was written in Ware’s signature style: creepy atmospheric drama that grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you go until the final page. THE TURN OF THE KEY is a great read and a definite page turner. However, it will take the place as my new favorite Ware novel. What I loved: • The things going bump in the night • The house and gardens as the setting and also used as another character element • The gothic spookiness What I did not love: • The ENDING! Too ambiguous and anticlimactic. I wanted more! With all that being said, the book is wonderful, very entertaining, and definitely worth the read. I would highly recommend! 4 stars! Many thanks to NetGalley and Scout Press/Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 1 days 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 1 days ago
Had an honest "damn" moment at the end.
BooksnKisses 2 days ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 The Turn of the Key is was a very interesting book. Ms. Ware formatted this book is in a series of letters from Rowen Caine to a Mr. Wrexham. In those letters Rowen recounts the events the lead up to her being put in prison for murder. Rowen hopes that with these letters Mr. Wrexham will be able to help her. The events that lead Rowen to become the nanny and being charged with murder are both shocking and sad. I enjoyed this book even if they ending leaving me with the What the heck feeling. This is my first book by Ruth Ware and I am looking forward to reading more of her works. If you are a fan of Ruth Ware I think you will be pleased with this story. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Gallery/Scout Press, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 2 days ago
I really liked this one - right up until it ended, rather abruptly and oddly given the lead-in to the resolution. It felt like someone called "TIME, pencil's down!" and the author had ten seconds to resolve everything and did the best she could with the time she had... It made this a 3-star read for me instead of a 4-, and left me feeling oddly unsatisfied, which is all the more frustrating since the slow burning build to the dramatic end is one of the things I usually like most about Ware's writing. It was still an enjoyable read, but the ending left me wanting more and felt like an unfortunate change-up... My review copy was provided obligation-free by the publisher via NetGalley.
Tomasitoreads 2 days ago
The Turn Of The Key gave me major anxiety, in a good way. The ending WOW did not see that coming. Lots of wicked twist and turns throughout the whole book, it kept me on my feet the whole time. This is by far one of my top 10 best thrillers I've read this year. I highly recommend this book, if your into fast paced, keep you guessing books. Rating 4.5
Anonymous 3 days 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!
wjane 4 days ago
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is a Suspense Mystery Thriller that has scary and creepy plot twists to the very last pages. I have read every book Ruth Ware has written and enjoyed each one. In this book the characters are intriguing but all seem to have very disturbing personality traits and values. The smart house blended with a Victorian house was an interesting addition since both added to the creepiness of the story. I enjoyed this book except for the ending. There was no real resolution of what happened to the characters except for one person. To the very last pages I would have given this book 5 Stars but because of what I felt was an unresolved ending I will give it 4 Stars.
MaryND 4 days ago
An update of the classic Henry James novel “The Turn of the Screw,” Ruth Ware’s “The Turn of the Key” is the perfect thriller to throw in your bag for a trip to the beach (or to curl up with by a fire in the winter). The framing device—the novel is conceived as a letter written in jail from imprisoned nanny Rowan Caine to a solicitor who she hopes will defend her against charges that she murdered a child—is a bit clunky, but once I got past the first few pages this device proved less distracting than I had feared it would be. Rowan goes back to start her story at the beginning, when, burned out from her job in a daycare nursery, she answers an ad placed by Sandra and Bill Elincourt for a live-in nanny position in a mansion in the Scottish Highlands. The offer, with its astronomical salary, appears too good to be true, but Rowan seems to have other, undisclosed reasons for wanting it so badly. Once she arrives at Heatherbrae House and begins to care for eight-year-old Maddie, five-year-old Ellie and baby Petra, however, things begin to go wrong—Heatherbrae’s cutting edge smart house technology malfunctions to unsettling effect, Rowan hears footsteps pacing above her bedroom at night, and Maddie warns Rowan about ghosts while actively sabotaging her efforts at care taking. Ware does a nice job of updating Gothic horror story tropes (the house and grounds are almost a character themselves) and she keeps the suspense going right until the end, since the reader doesn’t know which child died or how until the book’s final pages. And even though I was able to figure out one of the major twists pretty early, there were still more than enough questions and plot turns to keep me guessing until the end. This was my first Ruth Ware book and I enjoyed it enough to seek out her others. Many thanks to NetGalley and Scout Press/Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I really enjoyed this one. I honestly wasn't able to guess the end till I was upon it. very well done
marykuhl 5 days ago
Rowan takes a job as a nanny at a secluded home in Scotland. The mother gives her full disclosure that previous nannies have left because the house is rumored to be haunted, although she hasn't seen any evidence of this herself. Rowan is left with an 18 month old, a 5 year old and a hostile 8 year old. The bulk of this story takes place over the course of a week. You don't know the true reason why Rowan has been arrested until about 30 pages till the end. This was one of those books where if I was reading it, I was wrapped up in it but if I got interrupted, I would walk away from it. It wasn't an "oh I can't wait to get back to it" kind of book. That being said, the last 100 or so pages, I couldn't wait to get back to. From a smart home in which things fail, footsteps in an attic, and a locked door in the nanny's bedroom, everything finally comes together.
FrancescaFB 5 days ago
Xkoqueen 6 days ago
When I started The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, I felt the beginning of the novel was a bit rough; however, by the end, I had more appreciation of the story layout. If it were possible to elaborate on that without giving away the ending, I would. The story’s narrator has been accused of murder. She tells her story in a letter to a solicitor—in an effort to secure his services. I’m not a huge fan of the letter/diary entries layout, and thankfully, the “letter” quickly turns into a narrative from the accused point of view. From the start, readers know that the heroine is up to something. The presumption is she is “up to” securing a fantastic-paying job for which she is not quite qualified. As the tension slowly builds, and the main character, Rowan Caine, is developed, readers are presented with a questionable and not-always-likable narrator. The setting of an isolated estate is perfect for a creepy, gothic mystery. There is quite a lot of focus on the high tech gadgetry added to a historic estate that is set in the middle-of-no-where Scotland. I found the “smart house” more disappointing than a source of tension. It was a bit like the remake of the movie Sleuth—all the smart, artistic, edgy tension was replaced by technology, and for me, the change ruined it. While the tension builds slowly in the first part of the book, as the story reaches its zenith, the action and emotions take off. It is at this point that the narrator starts telling her truth. The end is a bit nebulous (again, I won’t spoil the read by discussing that further). The reader gets an answer to the mystery that could be satisfying, but it is left so open to interpretation that I’m not sure I got the ending I wanted. Which begs the question, how often is justice really served?
KBreads 6 days ago
Dear Mr. Wrexham, Please help me. I didn’t kill anyone. I read this book in about twenty-four hours – something that doesn’t happen very often for me anymore! The premise sucked me in: a nanny goes to stay out on the moors with a family living in a state-of-the-art smart home. The last four nannies have left abruptly and the parents are desperate for someone to stay for an entire year – and their lucrative pay proves it. But when the parents leave out of town, the nanny starts hearing footsteps above her room at night and the smart home starts glitching. Then she hears of the house’s mysterious and deadly past, and it’s not long before she realizes that she’s not safe. I love Henry James The Turn of the Screw, and Ware does a fantastic job at updating the premise and putting a brilliant spin on it. I can often guess every twist and turn in a mystery, but not this one. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The perfect fall read! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Anonymous 7 days ago
My favorite of all of her books so far.
PassionatelyPerusing 7 days ago
Thank you Gallery/Scout Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review! I absolutely loved this book! One of my favorite thrillers to date. It was creepy, and a bit depressing, but that’s fine. It almost made me cry because of the child death. I didn’t expect to have any emotions toward it, but I ended up feeling bad for the children a little bit. The pacing is great! I tend to find thrillers slow the whole way through, and then they fly through the ending. This one satisfied my thriller craving the whole way! The characters creeped me out. I couldn’t tell who was crooked and who wasn’t. Everyone was sealed tight with secrets, and it made me want to know what happened even more. I read some reviews that didn’t enjoy the “letter” style, but I didn’t mind it. It doesn’t play a HUGE roll, but it pops up every once in awhile. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers. It will keep you on your toes the entire time. Solid writing, and solid character development. Nothing scares me more than creepy children, and that’s exactly what this gave me. I would read this again even though I know the twists. That’s how good it is!
Anonymous 7 days ago
The Turn of the Key was a gripping novel I could not put down. It kept me awake at night as the oddities of the house keep my hair standing on end. I loved the style the story was written in, a retelling to a potential lawyer who may take "Rowan's" case. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 only because I had the culprit figured out well before the end of the story. A spine tingling read all should pick up and enjoy.