The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Large Print - 2019
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Rowan Caine stumbles across a lucrative job as a live-in nanny for a picture-perfect family in the Scottish Highlands. What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare 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. She knows she's made mistakes, and she admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn't always ideal. She's not innocent, but she maintains she's not guilty, at least not of murder.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432867232
1432867237
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION WARE RUTH
Characteristics: 519 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Clemitorclover
Mar 27, 2020

I love all of Ruth Ware's book, but this was one of my favorites. Although some didn't find the main character likeable, I believe she redeemed herself in the end. Usually I can see the final twist coming, but did not in this one! I loved reading about the aspects of having a "future home" as well, being a technology geek. Great book!

FPL_CassieW Mar 05, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this roller coaster of a book. Once you think you know what's going on, there's a twist, with a HUGE one at the end! If you enjoy psychological thrillers with a bit of a creep factor, I would definitely check this out!

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fashiongirl
Mar 01, 2020

Captivated from the beginning. Quick, and interesting mystery. The only thing I would change would be the book cover......by adding a beautiful landscape of the house and garden too....and then the key, maybe.....😏

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EliK1
Feb 20, 2020

The beginning of the book almost made me throw it out the window. I didn't like the style one bit. The main character basically writes (and rewrites) a letter (letters?) to an attorney she hopes might take her case. She claims that she did not commit the crime for which she had been arrested.

She tells her story from the very beginning. If you're writing a plea letter to a lawyer, you do not write a book... but it's supposedly so that the lawyer can know all the details and see her innocence.

It starts off slow. We wait for something to happen, but there really isn't anything. Weird things that happen are few and far between. It picks up about half way. We see that things get crazy and we're not sure what to think. We're hooked.

And then the ending happens. There is an explanation of sorts which you might not have seen coming, which I enjoyed, but it's really not all that vital to the story and what happened. The ending is rushed. Things are basically spelled out to you. Some things are said which are unnecessary.

It had some good moments, but the beginning and the end were weird.

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Eil_1
Feb 15, 2020

Better than "The Woman in Cabin Ten". Although Ware cleared up the mysterious occurrences at the house, the ending left me with questions that left me disappointed. Wouldn't recommend this book and wonder why there is so much hype about this author.

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Pacguyluvbook
Feb 12, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me entertained the entire time. I read it in about two and a half days. . I really really enjoyed the ending, I did not see that coming and I love the way the author pretty much waits until more or less the very end of the book to tie all the pieces together. I highly recommend it.

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gloryb
Feb 03, 2020

After reading this novel by Ruth Ware, I will be interested in reading other books by her. I usually don't read ghost stories and didn't realize this was one until I was well into the story and then I couldn't put it down. It is a novel approach using elements of a traditional ghost story, but I liked the author's introduction of a new element - a computerized home. The author has a unique way of telling the story - as a letter written to a lawyer pleading to save her from being convicted as a child murderer. Although the character is around 30 years old (revealed towards the end), the way she talks she seems more like a young woman in her early 20's. I wasn't expecting the twists at the end of story where all the motives and background information of the characters are revealed. An enjoyable read!

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scrowell_09
Jan 26, 2020

It was a spooky thriller and I was caught up in the story but the ending was disappointing, lacked credibility, and confusing in that you were not really sure what happened to the main character.

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Bookworm1136
Jan 24, 2020

4-4 1/2 star read. I've read every one of Ware's books and enjoyed them all. This book grabbed my interest right from the beginning. A young girl, Rowan, takes a job as a nanny to a well off family living in a remote home in Scotland. All the previous nannies had quit, some after a short period of time. One of the children warns Rowan about ghosts in the house, and Rowan discovers that there is a tragic history to the home. But she wants to do a good job of looking after the girls entrusted to her care so she stays. And strange things start to happen, noises in the night, malfunctions in the electronics of the smart home, things disappear. And when something terrible happens, all the secrets start to come out, including Rowan's. With an ending that I didn't see coming, this was a very good read, a real page turner.

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htliang
Jan 18, 2020

Pleasantly surprised to find myself reading this fast-paced mystery at every opportunity.
The creepy atmosphere includes a disturbing doll's head, a poison garden, a hidden attic, and a high-tech smart home that sees everything.
Plus a great ending that I didn't see coming.

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Oct 07, 2019

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