The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key Review

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.

Title:The Turn of the Key
Edition Language:English

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    The Turn of the Key Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "Dear Mr. Wrexham,You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I've realized there is no magic formula here. There is no way I can make you listen ...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    I have read and enjoyed all of Ruth Ware’s books, therefore I was incredibly excited to be fortunate enough to receive an early review copy of The Turn of the Key. Being a fan of the author, it is v...

  • Tammy

    A child is dead and a nanny is in prison while her trial is pending. This novel consists of a letter she is writing to a lawyer explaining her innocence of the murder and how she wound up incarcerated...

  • marilyn

    This is my first Ruth Ware book and I plan to read more because of the good things I've read about her books. The Turn of the Key takes place in an old home, Heatherbrae House, that has been restored ...

  • Book of Secrets

    I absolutely loved it! THE TURN OF THE KEY is creepy, twisted, and disturbing, and totally absorbing — a modern-day The Turn of the Screw, but far more entertaining.Rowan Caine’s new dream job as ...

  • Katie B

    4.5 starsOut of the four Ruth Ware novels I have read (still need to get to The Lying Game), this one is my favorite. While I liked her other books, either my interest would wane a bit and/or I had an...

  • Holly  B

    The new nanny, Rowan Caine, has her hands full at Heatherbrae House. This was my fourth novel by the author and I had to see how this one would compare.I've read several "nanny" stories and find my...

  • Debra

    3.5 stars rounded up to a 4While looking for something else, she comes across an ad for a live in Nanny post in the Scottish Highlands. The salary, the location, all seem too good to be true, but she ...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    Another engaging novel from one of my favorite authors!The story starts with Rowan, a former babysitter who is now imprisoned, we do not know the details of how she got there but she's writing a lette...

  • Paulette

    I was blown away by this book, I would have read it in one sitting, but unfortunately, I had to go to work (very inconvenient)!This book is super creepy, it’s a page turner, with so many great twist...