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The Turn of the Key

By: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

I know you don’t know me, but you have to help me. I didn’t kill anyone.

When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when she 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 her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. 

She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is....

Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel. 

Preorder this addictive new psychological thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Ruth Ware today. 

©2019 Ruth Ware (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending." (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)

"So clever and original.... Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said)

"Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down." (JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before)

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So tense and creepy I almost stopped listening

A story so tense and creepy I almost stopped listening at several points! I couldn't listen to the story in bed that's for sure! Hood story and well written and narrated, however, I found the ending super frustrating and without closure!

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not my usual book

A psychological thriller which scared me in a good way. Excellent narrator. An edge of the seat bòok. The end was a shock and somehow i expected it to continue. great author will read more of her books .i couldn't sleep until i had listened to it all. i am a wimp so beware 😯

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Can't tell you how incredible this book is

The story, the narration, the whole package - this is absolutely one of the very best audio books I have listened to (and I listen to a great deal of books). No need to hesitate, buy this immediately and enjoy.

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Brilliant

This book has had me gripped from start to finish. Lots of twists and turns and read beautifully bringing the characters to life. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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Bravo Imogen Church!

I really enjoyed Ruth Ware's unsettling story and it was read brilliantly by Imogen Church, she did a fantastic job. I particularly liked the "creeeeeaaaaak"s :) Definitely worth a credit.

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Enjoyable

I did enjoy listening to this. Well narrated which for me makes all the difference

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Absolutely Amazing

This book was amazing. It was full of twists and turns and it keeps you wanting to listen, all the time. Highly recommend this audio book. 😮😮😮💖

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turn of the key is worth a turn!

Imogen church not only narrates but captures these characters perfectly. such a spooky holiday read

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SIMPLY THE BEST - RUTH WARE THRILLS & CHILLS AGAIN

As a big fan of Ruth Ware, I had this latest gem on pre-order at the first possible opportunity. The Death of Mrs Westaway was, in my opinion, her best thriller yet so I waited with baited breath and it surpassed even my greatest hopes.
I simply could not stop listening .... except late at night when I found the building suspense and eerieness was so well written it really got me spooked.
So I simply spent a whole Sunday carrying it with me as I did household stuff and even kept it on in the shower as I was that gripped! I just thought it was so brilliantly written and just charged along like a runaway train with so many surprises and twists around every corner. I also rather like the sound of the dashing Jack Grant who added a certain frisson to the proceedings. I have to say I had plenty of shocks along the way with this superbly crafted thriller and the plot twists just kept coming. Great charaters, great concept and wonderful execution - I just loved it and would love to listen to it all over again as it really delivered all I would hope for in a top class thriller.
No gore or grit or horror just good old fashioned campfire thrills and chills and a wonderfully paced story line which immediately grabs you and whisks you away on a nail biting, nerve jangling adventure.
The twists and turns came thick and fast towards the end and some might say some details of the reveal were a bit far fetched but for me it was a very satisfying and beautifully polished finale which also did give you a moment to ponder what happened next which was another plot twist in itself.

I was initially a little disappointed to find out Imogen Church was narrating again as I found she just really overplays some performances, which is fine if it is a book which needs a helping hand with adding drama and excitement but Ruth Ware's thrillers are so suspenseful and dramatic and exciting they need to be able to speak for themselves. But this time I found it much lighter, pull backed and less overcooked performance, which allowed the story tell its brilliant self - I then found at the end that I had been listening to the book on 1.25 speed!
So I am delighted to have found this hack and I did enjoy this lighter touch in the read and it also made her rendition of male roles ,which I always have found in the past to be very grating like pantomime characters, sound more realistic and less self conscious. So to sum up, a really great narration at the slightly faster speed.

This book gave me 12 hr and 15 minutes of intrigue, suspense, mystery and sheer joy ....... I cannot wait for the next one, though this one will be very hard to beat and I may have to go back and re- read "In a Dark Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" again in the meantime which I also highly recommend. If only all thrillers could be this good.

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Ruth Ware is simply one of the best download this immediately

The only bad thing about finishing this book is realising I may need to wait a while before I can get my Ruth Ware fix again. I don’t think reviews should say too much about the book so as not to spoil just a beautifully crafted story. I will simply say I loved it and I will be listening to it again.
Imogen Church is the perfect narrator. I wish I could carry her around in my head all day every day.

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  • barbara
  • 13-08-19

The Turn of the Key

Excellent book it kept me guessing all the time, with twists and turns through the whole story. A definite must read. The narration was excellent.

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  • Rhonda K
  • 16-08-19

Brilliant..!

Ruth Ware is a brilliant writer. And Imogen Church is very talented..! Extremely enjoyable audible..