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  • Written by: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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The Turn of the Key

Written by: Ruth Ware
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

I know you don’t know me, but you have to help me. I didn’t kill anyone.

When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she 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 her in a 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....

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel. 

Preorder this addictive new psychological thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Ruth Ware today. 

©2019 Ruth Ware (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending." (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)

"So clever and original.... Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said)

"Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down." (JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before)

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ending was anticlimatic

amazing narration and voice over. the story was best in the middle part but the beginning was too slow while the ending was just .... plain, all that buildup for nothing

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Gripping

A book which you would want to finish as quickly as you can. Multiple loose ends and the last 2 chapters seemed to have been written in hurry. I personally couldn't cope up with such mismatch of pace between the chapters.

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i had very huge expectation about the ending

story started very well and kept me glued to book till end since it was so gripping i expected something very huge coming in d end but my expectation did not meet in d end. the way story picked from beginning i thought ending ll be something exceptional but it was rushed and looked like just somehow it had to be ended. i even thought just bfr 5 mins to end that this book might have a sequel to carry with the pending end!!!!

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Must listen!

Narrator made me to listen it whenever I was free, she is the one to blame for the badge 😀

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Awesome page turner

The narrator was beyond brilliant. Fantastic story telling. It was unputdownable. A great thriller read.

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Ending was an anti climax

The story built up really well. the narrator was awesome and there were parts where I got the heebie jeebies.
but ending was hurried and a let down. Could have been better.

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Narration brings it to life

what a narration...story is good too...typical Ruth Ware stuff...with lil mystery sprinkled with a generous amount of emotions...

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very deep indeed

loved it 😍the narrator was very good, it was her voice which kept me stuck throughout

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A perfect narrator

Listen to the story just for the narrator. She has done a wonderful job . The plot and the writing will keep u engaged till the last second

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Wow!

Excellent Audio experience for a beginner.
The reader was superb and gave a stellar performance.

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  • Lia
  • 25-10-21

Book of the year? Really?

Book of the year? Really?
I bought this book because of the 4 and 5 star reviews and the book was so disappointing. I guess we all have different taste but really Book of the year!
This was one of the most boring, drawn out, mind-numbing books I've read in a long time.
One of the children makes a remark early in the book about how things are better when he's not around. You are led to believe the child is referring to her father. If that's the case, there is no reason for the rest of the story. Everything that happened in the story was to make sure the father doesn't leave.
Nothing was believable, from Rowan to the poison garden. All the characters are shallow and it was impossible to bond with them. You were told early in the story, a child dies.
When the event happened, it just happened. It wasn't really sad, it just was.
Rowan who had worked in child care for 10 yrs, can't handle 3 small children. Sandra and Bill didn't seem to want children and were more concerned about their careers than their kids. Bill was cliche as the super wealthy pervert, as was Sandra as the ditsy blond. The handyman and the maid were just creepy. They would just pop up out of nowhere. The children were not likable.
You could pretty much figure out the ending early on in the book. With the exception of a home which was controlled almost completely by artificial intelligence, nothing really scary happened.
Maddie ( one of the children) was a sociopath. It was unbelievable with all the AI that controlled the house, Maddie was never caught on camera.

Imogen Church was fantastic with the delivery of the story and the only reason I was able to finish.

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  • barbara
  • 13-08-19

The Turn of the Key

Excellent book it kept me guessing all the time, with twists and turns through the whole story. A definite must read. The narration was excellent.

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  • Rebekah Burke
  • 10-05-21

Excellent

Engaging story with some surprising twists (and some not so surprising ones). A little slow in parts but overall very enjoyable and quite addictive. Can't give enough praise for the narrator, she absolutely nailed it throughout.

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  • Nilesh
  • 28-01-20

Awesome book

A very good read including excellent narration and performance. Very interesting story from start to end you cant stop listening .

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  • Brett
  • 21-01-20

Gripping

Gripping story. Had me on the edge of my seat all the time. Great narrator

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  • Cheryl
  • 08-11-19

A masterful narration

Really enjoyed Ruth Wares latest book, made even more enjoyable by the incredible narration by Imogen Church. I have read or listened to every one of Ruth Wares books and always look forward to them. THe Turn of the Key kept my attention throughout, with a great cast of characters, and interesting plot.

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  • Rhonda K
  • 16-08-19

Brilliant..!

Ruth Ware is a brilliant writer. And Imogen Church is very talented..! Extremely enjoyable audible..

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  • Ann D
  • 26-08-19

One of those rare 6* books!

This is a remarkable read/listen. It is extremely compelling, with richly drawn, engaging characters. The quality of the writing is faultless and I hated to put it down. I felt a stronger emotional response when it ended than with any other book. Highly recommended .

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  • Claire Douglas
  • 22-08-19

Can't tell you how incredible this book is

The story, the narration, the whole package - this is absolutely one of the very best audio books I have listened to (and I listen to a great deal of books). No need to hesitate, buy this immediately and enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-19

not my usual book

A psychological thriller which scared me in a good way. Excellent narrator. An edge of the seat bòok. The end was a shock and somehow i expected it to continue. great author will read more of her books .i couldn't sleep until i had listened to it all. i am a wimp so beware 😯

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  • Ciara
  • 26-09-19

Poor story

So the one mystery you're trying to solve is set out in the first few minutes and between that and the final few minutes when it's addressed, there is just unnecessary drivel. Major plot holes. Don't bother.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-19

Returned

Story started well but I gave up through part one as couldn't stand listening to the narrator anymore!


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  • Ms Gloria James
  • 16-08-19

Enjoyable

I did enjoy listening to this. Well narrated which for me makes all the difference

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  • Anne
  • 11-08-19

Ruth Ware is simply one of the best download this immediately

The only bad thing about finishing this book is realising I may need to wait a while before I can get my Ruth Ware fix again. I don’t think reviews should say too much about the book so as not to spoil just a beautifully crafted story. I will simply say I loved it and I will be listening to it again.
Imogen Church is the perfect narrator. I wish I could carry her around in my head all day every day.

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  • K. J. Snowden
  • 03-10-19

Great narration

Kept me listening although a little drawn out. Suspense was well built to a rather disappointing end I’m afraid. Narrator was very good though.

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  • Marple
  • 13-09-19

Sorry not for me

I found this to be trite and rather rubbish. I loved Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs Westaway, it had atmosphere and wonderful characters this sadly had neither. Yes there was a twist but out of the blue and not believable.

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  • Puchowska
  • 11-09-19

Waste of time

The worst case of endless filler I've ever endured. I'll never put myself through anything by this author again.

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  • Lena
  • 15-01-21

21st century gothic!

One of my favourite Ruth Ware books. Great characterisation, very compelling mystery. Tense, poignant and dark.

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  • Jessica
  • 03-08-20

A screw loose?

What an absolutely appalling rendition of Henry James’ The Turn of The Screw.
The plot was predictable (to be expected in a re-invention), but all attempts to modernise the story just made it far more difficult to suspend my disbelief due to the terrible lampshading and obvious tropes.
As for the supposed ‘twist in the tale’, the first two were easily guessed and the final one so ridiculous and last minute that it offered nothing to the story. My Audible AU account has approx. 350 books and my Audible US account has approx. 150 in there. Never once have I bothered to actually write a review, rather than just use the star rating, but given that I often use the reviews to make my purchase decisions and rely on the word of others. I could not in good conscience let this one pass so as to be sure no one else wastes their time or money. If you are looking for a good suspense read I would recommend The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell or even better Too Close by Natalie Daniels.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-20

Edge of the seat

Absolutely loved the narrator! Different narrators for each character couldn't have made them more distinct. The story was at times predictable, but knowing what was going to happen only added to the excitement. I found myself shouting "don't do this!" or "you've GOT to leave NOW!" The ending, however, was anything but predictable. I didn't see it coming.

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  • sarah
  • 19-08-19

don't bother!

this book was long and drawn out all leading up to such a dull unimaginative ending! the only saving grace was the narrator

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  • Nerissa
  • 19-08-19

Enjoyed it

I liked it but thought the ending was a bit....predictable and kind of deflating. I liked the twists and turns and kept me reading, but could have had a better ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-23

Loved it

Listened to the whole thing at 1.5 speed in one go … like a Victorian ghost story set in the present. Such a good ending!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

not my fave

Did not love the ending, very abrupt and the story being written like it was a letter to a solicitor is annoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-22

Cliche spookiness and good narration

I struggled to get to the end of this book, and I think the story was aimed at someone younger than myself. I found the main character quite frustrating, and some of the dialogue really juvenile for a character who was meant to be 27 years old. The "spooky" parts of the story were quite cliche and not really scary.

The narrator was extremely expressive and able to voice multiple characters well, doing a variety of accents impressively.

The very ending of the story crammed a lot of plot twists in, and I wasn't expecting all of them, so that was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-21

highly recommend

Aye twas a good ol yarn by Ruth Ware narrated spectacularly by Imogen Church

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  • frlhughes
  • 25-09-21

Genuinely suspenseful and far superior to the woman in Cabin10

This really held my interest despite being a little long. The ending I thought was clever - in the implication it left (not wanting to provide any spoiler). The narration was outstanding. I have only read 2 Ruth Ware books and this was streets ahead of The woman in Cabin 10. Much more character and plot development.