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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 (29 ratings)

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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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Wow!

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

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Interesting till the very end.

Loved the narration and the story of the book. It was a great treat till the very last moment.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-19

Returned<br />

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


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  • 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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  • jayne peate
  • 23-10-19

disappointed

long winded like a piece of creative writing for an exam ending ok but mostly dull and droning

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  • Chan
  • 23-10-19

Failed at the last hurdle

The narration was excellent, I was so invested in the characters and story but the ending was ridiculous. Long winded for such a rushed ending. Hoped for so much more

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  • JD
  • 01-10-19

Brilliant Book

When I see a book that is read by Imogen Church, I know I am in for a book that cant be put down!
I have had books written by Ruth Ware before but I couldn't stop listening to this book, it was a very good story, kept me guessing what the end would be, and very surprised when it was revealed , didn't see that coming!!and brilliantly read by Imogen, as always, she is my favourite narrator, always amazes me how she puts so much into reading a book,, always keeps one interested in what she reads.
Ready now to download the next book by Ruth, if this book is anything to go by, I wont be disappointed!

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  • S. Christie
  • 29-09-19

Wow! Download this now!

Amazing book! Read it in one sitting... just couldn’t put it down. Absolutely loved it. Ruth just keeps getting better and better . Loads of suspense and twists and turns and the narration was superb! Imogen Church was just perfect. I loved everything about it and thoroughly recommend.

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  • K. Sewell
  • 23-09-19

Ghost story ?

My first read/listen by Ruth Ware. I was not overly taken with the story, partly because is was so ludicrously improbable, especially when the plot was unravelled towards the end.
If you like being scared, it had its old fashioned edge-of-the-seat scary moments, not badly written.
It was hard to like the main character, and she was her own worst enemy. Losers don't make for good heroines.

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  • Kelly
  • 08-09-19

Excellent!

Very atmospheric and creepy! It kept me guessing until the very end! Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Dr Ian
  • 08-09-19

The complete package

This is everything you'd look for in an audio book. The plot is well constructed, not overly complex but has its really great moments. The characters all stand out for us and are well defined. The narration is excellent. The narrator has taken the time to read the book, got to know the book and puts in a great performance on every line.

The only one slightly irritating thing is a slight overdose of the upper middle classes. We have many uses of the word "supper" not dinner. For some reason, for me this word smacks of people who've never done a proper day's work in their lives.

Anyway, I digress. This book is great. If you want to listen in large doses then you won't be able to stop. For a short bedtime listen then you won't find it a problem to follow the story over a period of several weeks or months.

This really is as close to a perfect audio book as I've ever found. I really like the other Ruth Ware stories as well.

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  • Cybercat
  • 31-08-19

Frightening

Gripping with suspense from the first few pages. If you enjoy psychological thrillers this one is for you. The ending is seemingly left hanging in the air, but I get it. Since I put the book down I’ve been anxiously contemplating the choices. The suspense and the dread simply continues. A very good read.

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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
  • 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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  • John
  • 18-04-20

Outstanding narration

Just fabulous narration by Imogen Church – this just made the book for me! I wish I could give her more stars for her skilful performance!
I considered only rating the story as 4 stars to reflect how good I thought the narration, but no, the story is worth five stars in its own right.
Suspense until the end – with the benefit of having finished the book, I should have seen everything coming, but that’s the brilliance of the writer, I didn’t.

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  • Nicola Robinson
  • 26-10-19

Kept me guessing right until the end!

Really enjoyed this book, had no idea who did it until the end.
Narration was great and I can highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-19

That was shocking!

I have formulated a lot of theories while listening to this one and I can't really choose, up to the last hour, which would be right. But yeah, it had me guessing throughout and that was great!

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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.