Berls Reviews The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Posted October 22, 2019 by Berls in Review / 10 Comments

Berls Reviews The Turn of the Key by Ruth WareThe Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on August 6, 2019
Genres: Suspense, Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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 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.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

My top thoughts:

Ruth Ware has become one of those authors that I trust 100% because with this book I’ve now read 3 books by her. And all 3 I’m giving 5 stars. For this book, I was pulled along to the very end, wondering what the hell was going on and how it would be resolved. And the ending, though it definitely ties everything up, leaves you with a kind of knot in your stomach. So good.

Who I think would like it:

If you like psychological suspense, with unreliable narrators and lots of chill worthy moments, you’ll enjoy The Turn of the Key. I couldn’t read it before bed because it freaked me out too much. To be fair, I’m easily freaked.

Narrator thoughts:

Imogen Church was the narrator for the other two Ruth Ware books I read and I do think that she absolutely contributes to it being a home run read. She’s so good at breathing life into the characters. I definitely recommend her narration, which works well at my standard 2x speed.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 17 year old on the planet. I also have the privilege of teaching Kindergarten. I love what I do and you can expect it to bleed into my posts. Teaching is a big a part of me as my family and reading. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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10 responses to “Berls Reviews The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

  1. That’s awesome you gave all 3 of the books you read by this author a 5 star rating. It does sound like a chilling read. I am not usually a fan on unreliable narrators, but it can work really well in some books to keep the suspense or mystery going. I am not a fan of books that creep me out though so not sure if it would be for me, but it does sound well written.

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  2. Oh I need to pick this up! Her first two books were two of my favorite mysteries ever and Imogen Church is one of the absolute best narrators. She has the perfect voice for suspense!

    • I agree, Imogen Church is amazing for these books! I have so many books still to read by Ruth Ware, but I loved the Woman in Cabin 10 and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, so I will be working my way through her other books too! I hope you get to read this one soon.