The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key

Book - 2019
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When a high-paying nanny job at a luxurious Scottish Highlands home ends with her imprisonment for a child's murder, a young woman struggles to explain to her lawyer the unravelling events that led to her incarceration.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2019.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501188770
Branch Call Number: F WARE
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm


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This updated version of Henry James's classic, "The Turn Of The Screw," gets creepy when a nanny undergoes terrifying experiences in the smart house where she is in charge of two children.

When Rowan Caine answers the ad for the handsomely paid live-in nanny position in the Scottish Highlands, she doesn't realize she is walking into a nightmare that will leave her in jail awaiting trial for a murder she didn't commit.

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pacl_teens Jun 07, 2021

"The Turn of the Key is an interesting take on the babysitter thriller genre. The story begins with a seemingly perfect opportunity for our main protagonist, Rowan Caine, as she comes across an ad for a nannying job. One moment, she appears to be living her dream life, provided with luxurious housing and an excellent salary. But in the next, it all comes plummeting down as she is blamed for the impossible: murder. Specifically, the murder of one of the children she was meant to watch over.

The book unravels through a series of letters Rowan writes to her attorney, which detail the events leading up to her incarceration. As the letters progress, the readers will get one step closer to solving the mystery and finding out Rowan’s true involvement in the case.

Personally, I found this book to be a very quick read. After reading the first chapter, I had to finish it in one sitting in order to satisfy my curiosity. I particularly enjoyed the climax due to its jaw dropping twists and turns, but I found it harder to enjoy the events leading up to the ending. I thought it felt rushed and forced, so it ruined most of my experience.

Overall, I would recommend this book to true crime lovers who are looking for a quick and fairly enjoyable read." -Vivian, Grade 11

LCPL_Krystyna May 24, 2021

This was my first Ruth Ware and it definitely did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this book and was definitely flipping pages on the edge of my seat to find out what was going to happen. I read this in a day!

May 22, 2021

I really enjoyed this novel. It was creepy and kept me on edge. It was one of the ones I couldn't put down until I got to the end.

May 16, 2021

The structure of the book, written as a long letter, was a bit off-putting, but the author kept my interest throughout. However, the ending was most disappointing

Mar 24, 2021

This was a well done little thriller. The plot was good and held my interest. I’m not sure I quite understand what happened to her in the end and would have liked to hear more about Jack but still it was a satisfying ending. I still think there was something way off with Sandra but she never explains her actions so just assume she is the type of person and parent than always puts her wants ahead of everyone else. The kind of parent that loves her children as long as someone else takes care of them and doesn’t have to spend too much time with them. I also feel like she set Rowen up for failure because either she’s evil or she doesn’t care. I have only read one other book by Ruth Ware-Girl in Cabin 10 and I felt that was a little too much of a cookie cutter ending but this one was better thought out.

Mar 17, 2021

If you don't want to sleep at night start reading this book.. I could not put it down.
Yes, as one person said "creepy" and scary for 4 children. Enjoy!!!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Loved it!! Super creepy and I did NOT see the ending coming.

I so badly want to know what happened with Rowan...I guess that’s part of the intrigue.

Jan 21, 2021

This one was too predictable for me, which is reflected in the rating. Meh.

Dec 03, 2020

Ruth Ware is an extremely smart thriller writer, and Turn of the Key is atmospheric without being brooding, building the tension imperceptibly but irrevocably, as if the entire plot is just beyond our perception. Things natural, and psychological, and supernatural, and technological, all creep on us unawares.

Oct 03, 2020

What a easy page turn.
Just a ripping story that didn't lose pace. I was trying to pick an ending while tearing through it but had no idea how it would pan out. The twists come left and right in the back end. A nice palate cleanser that prepares me for the behemoth novel that awaits.........4/5.

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LCPL_Krystyna May 24, 2021

“I hadn't let the demons win. Not this time.”

LCPL_Krystyna May 24, 2021

“Because it was the lies that got me here in the first place. And I have to believe that it’s the truth that will get me out.”

LCPL_Krystyna May 24, 2021

“Because it was the lies that got me here in the first place. And I have to believe that it’s the truth that will get me out.”

LCPL_Krystyna May 24, 2021

“People do go mad, you know, if you stop them from sleeping for long enough...”


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Oct 07, 2019

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