The Turn of the Key [electronic resource] / Ruth Ware

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      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 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.
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    • ABNT:
      WARE, R.; CHURCH, I. The Turn of the Key. [electronic resource]. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019. ISBN 9781508284123. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ware R, Church I. The Turn of the Key. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio; 2019. Accessed February 20, 2020.
    • APA:
      Ware, R., & Church, I. (2019). The Turn of the Key. [electronic resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ware, Ruth, and Imogen Church. 2019. The Turn of the Key. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio.
    • Harvard:
      Ware, R. and Church, I. (2019) The Turn of the Key. [electronic resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio. Available at: (Accessed: 20 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ware, R & Church, I 2019, The Turn of the Key. [electronic resource], Simon & Schuster Audio, viewed 20 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ware, Ruth, and Imogen Church. The Turn of the Key. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ware, Ruth, and Imogen Church. The Turn of the Key. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ware R, Church I. The Turn of the Key. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Simon & Schuster Audio; 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 20]. Available from:


LJ Reviews 2019 November

Ware (The Death of Mrs. Westaway) parlays themes from Henry James's classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, into gripping suspense for the digital age. Ware's narrative also originates from after-the-fact correspondence and documents uncanny revelations from precocious children, an isolated mansion betokening abandonment amid luxury, and inklings of former dark goings-on. However, Ware imagines a more aspirational, imperfect nanny and cleverly exploits the mansion, Heatherbrae House, as an uneasy presence whose history, inexplicable noises, and intrusive security cameras engender fear and distrust. Visual disharmony inflicted by the home's recent, aggressive renovation even parallels identity issues of newly hired nanny Rowan, who has barely unpacked when her posh employers depart for a conference, leaving four daughters in her care and vital secrets (e.g., that previous nanny and the poisoning incident) unshared. Narrator Imogen Church, splendidly conveying Rowan's youth, heightening dread, and utter credibility, also delights as the disturbingly blithe voice of "Happy," software programmed to run Heatherbrae but which instead terrorizes the household with harrowing miscues like blasts of music in the wee hours—a "smart house" apparently gone rogue. VERDICT The only 21st-century question scarier than "Who can you trust?" is "Who else has the passcode?" Wholeheartedly recommended.—Linda Sappenfield, Round Rock P.L., TX

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