The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware

  • Release Date: 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,546 Ratings



“A superb suspense writer…Brava, Ruth Ware. I daresay even Henry James would be impressed.” —Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On

“This appropriately twisty Turn of the Screw update finds the Woman in Cabin 10 author in her most menacing mode, unfurling a shocking saga of murder and deception.” —Entertainment Weekly

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes this thrilling novel that explores the dark side of technology.

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 events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the home’s cameras, 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.

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—but somebody 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.


  • Super Creepy Good!

    By LIndseylaz
    Nothing like being “trapped” with a new nanny in a remote house with too many remote features... difficult children and tales of past horrors. Good creepy fun!
  • Almost a 5 star, but...

    By Ggtyvjytchtvyjfcjygvfcdty
    Let me start by saying that I did end up liking this book more than I initially thought I might. I generally love most of Ruth Ware’s books. This one definitely had a couple of twists, but some of it was not surprising. I will say though, that I agree with the reviewer that mentioned the kids’ ages. Kids can obviously be incredibly intelligent, but some of the things that occurred are not believable for a 5 & 8 year all. My only other complaint (like many others’) was that the ending—wow factor though it was—was WAY too abrupt, and almost all of the characters had zero resolution. If the author’s goal was to keep you guessing what happened to everyone afterwards, she definitely accomplished that much. Pretty good though.
  • The end is too obscure

    By alensky95
    I liked the intrigue and it’s unfolding. Definitely a page turner, but after all these sensational and unexpected turns of the plot, passing in a rather fast pace, you just bump into a dead end...just a few words - and that’s a finale ? As if the writer lost any interest in the book or didn’t know what to write, got short of words...anyway, notwithstanding of my disappointment of the Book’s ending, I recommend it for reading.
  • Ending not expected

    By manduh193
    The beginning seemed slow to me but once it picked up I couldn’t put it down. I did not expect the ending at all! Kind of wish there was a second book..
  • Good but not great

    By ECR5047
    The story telling was good. I could really visualize the scenes and feel the anxiety, panic and growing hysteria of the main character. Some events were predictable though. I also just felt like the ending deserved more. It felt like a short fireworks show...a couple big hits and then it was over. I read it quickly though and didn’t get bored. It’s a good short travel read.
  • Twists and Turns

    By Anony76
    Incredible novel. The twists and turns had me on edge from the beginning to the end. Rowans character had me filled with anxiety as I was trying to figure out what she would do next. Great read and a big thank you to Ruth Ware for writing such a great book!
  • Soooo clever!

    By Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri
    What a good book! I snuck it in at work to finish it, couldn't put it down. Ruth Ware has gotten better with each novel she writes. I anticipate the next read from her.
  • Quick beach read

    By RosieRed1519
    Finished in two days and while it was engaging, the ending was unsatisfying (to me at least - but maybe that’s a nod to the source material)! Decent overall
  • WoW!!!

    By Jkjr1961
    Loved it! Beginning to end!
  • Disappointing ending

    By CrazyJen85
    I have read all of Ruth Ware’a books and this one has me interested all the way through but the ending fell flat.