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The Turn of the Key

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Imogen Church

12 Hours 14 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

August 2019

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Monica R.

    I finished listening to the audio book in just two days, I couldn't turn it off. If I hadn't needed to do life stuff, I would have finished it in one day. First, the narrator for this book is perfect! Her voice couldn't have been more suitable to read this story. She brought the characters to life and made listening to the book an incredible experience! I could see the story play out in my mind, As for the author, I am impressed with her writing skills and ability to weave a story. I was pulled in from the start and surprised at each twist and turn, the ending ... wow. I did not see that coming! The characters were written in a way that made them "real", the story was perfectly written, engaging, and entertaining. Definitely in my top 3 favorite books of the year!

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