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The Turn of the Key (Digital Audiobook)

By Ruth Ware, Imogen Church (Narrator)

Publication Date: August 26, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/5/2019)
Paperback (5/12/2020)
Mass Market (12/28/2021)
CD-Audio (5/12/2020)
Paperback, Large Print (6/3/2020)
Library Binding, Large Print (8/28/2019)
Paperback, Korean (12/29/2020)
Hardcover (8/6/2019)
CD-Audio (8/6/2019)

August 2019 Indie Next List

“Ruth Ware is back and at her dazzling best with The Turn of the Key. This arresting tribute to Henry James set in modern-day remote Scotland posts a nanny in a ‘smart house’ with several recalcitrant children and a garden full of poisonous plants. Who do you trust when everyone seems to be hiding something? Readers will be reading with all the lights on as they race to the climactic ending to see just who is minding who in this engaging summer thriller.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
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Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Ruth Ware layers on the creepiness in this breathtaking tale of a woman paid an exorbitant sum to be a nanny to three girls in the Scottish Highlands. The catch: The previous nannies quickly resigned, and the parents are rarely there. This novel is both humorous and diabolically dark, and the ending will definitely make your jaw drop.”
— Timothy Benz, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
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Description

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 Rowan stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” house fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What Rowan doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and Rowan in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rowan struggles to explain the unravelling events that have 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 children, 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.

Rowan 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, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.