The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key

Author: Ruth Ware

  • Publication Date: 2019-08-06
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4
(From 217 Ratings)



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.


  • Crazy

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    It was a quick read. Not as interesting as some of the other books. A good author but something’s always missing from her stories...
  • Mystery Thriller Suspense Fiction

    By cassiew16
    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.
  • Disappointing

    By carocross
    Ruth Ware can put sentences together well. But, after a big build up, the ending was a let down.
  • Worth reading

    By Lfinley3
    I will start by saying that this was not my favorite Ruth Ware book. However, I wonder if I’d have liked it more had I not been anticipating it like I was. It was good, again worth reading. I just don’t feel that, in comparison, it was as good as I’d expected. I will still look forward to everything she writes and consider her one of the best authors in her genre.
  • Wow so good!

    By NixGigi
    I love Ruth Ware’s books but I have to say this is one of my favorites! I couldn’t put it down & I’m still thinking about the ending... wow so good!!!
  • Turn of the key

    By catewi
    Ending was very anticlimactic. Would not recommend this book.
  • The Turn Of The Key

    By Readingbythesea
    I was waiting for this book. I have read other books by a Ruth Ware, and never disappointed. Read it in one day, moves fast loved the twist.