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The Turn of the Key

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

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alastair
  • 21-08-19

Brilliant

This book has had me gripped from start to finish. Lots of twists and turns and read beautifully bringing the characters to life. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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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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  • Eve K
  • 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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  • stink
  • 15-08-19

Absolutely Amazing

This book was amazing. It was full of twists and turns and it keeps you wanting to listen, all the time. Highly recommend this audio book. 😮😮😮💖

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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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  • 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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  • Anna
  • 07-10-19

Fantastic story!

Great twists and turns. Story had a good pace, intriguing and kept me on the edge of my seat.

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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.