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  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300446
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99
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The Turn of the Key




Full of spellbinding menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house thriller from international bestseller Ruth Ware.

IT WAS THE DREAM JOB. IT WOULD BECOME HER WORST NIGHTMARE.

‘So clever and original . . . from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist’ ERIN KELLY, author of He Said/She Said
'Ruth Ware just gets better and better. The Turn of the Key is her most compelling and addictive to date; I read this in a two sitting frenzy, barely able to turn the pages fast enough' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs

When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences by a 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 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…

'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' SHARI LAPENA, author of Someone We Know

Full of chilling menace and sinister secrets, The Turn of the Key is a gripping modern-day haunted house novel that will keep you reading through the night.


Everyone loves Ruth Ware’s binge-worthy psychological thrillers:
‘The queen of creepy crime’ Metro

‘Eerie and tense, this left me so spooked that I slept with the light on!’ Prima

‘Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty…I devoured it’ Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

‘Dark and dramatic...part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting’ A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
'Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down' JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before

‘One of the best thriller writers around’ Independent

‘Agatha Christie meets The Girl on the TrainThe Sun

‘Dark, unsettling, brilliant’ HEAT

‘Deliciously dark and spooky’ Sunday Mirror

  • Pub date: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300446
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game were smash hits, and she has appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. The film rights to all three books have been optioned and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.

Visit www.ruthware.com to find out more.

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Praise for The Turn of the Key

“So clever and original . . . Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist”

Erin Kelly

“Ware tells a cracking tale and, as in her breakout novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, the house itself plays a hugely menacing part in proceedings.”

Guardian

“Ware tells a cracking tale and, as in her breakout novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, the house itself plays a hugely menacing part in proceedings.”

Guardian

“An ingenious suspense narrative...Ware pulls out a stunner on the penultimate page that radically alters how we interpret everything that’s come before. I daresay even Henry James would be impressed.”

Washington Post

“A ghost story for the twenty-first century, a propulsive gothic thriller with characters you’ll really care about. With this book, Ruth Ware proves she’s the true heir to Wilkie Collins. Creepy, engrossing, and oh-so-hard to put down”

JP Delaney

“Ruth Ware just gets better and better. The Turn of the Key is her most compelling and addictive to date; I read this in a two sitting frenzy, barely able to turn the pages fast enough.”

Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

“Diabolically clever. Twisty and creepy, THE TURN OF THE KEY is Ruth Ware's best book yet. Read with a blanket nearby, because you will get shivers up your spine”

Riley Sager

“The Turn of the Key is a brilliantly crafted, chilling suspense thriller. Clues are seeded through the tale like poisonous plants that you only recognise when it's far too late. Trust no one in this novel except Ruth Ware – she has come up with a totally compelling tale once again”

Jane Casey

“A masterclass in tension!”

Sarah Pinborough

“The Turn of the Key is a delicious read — a sympathetic but fallible narrator is accused of a terrible crime. The clever unfolding of her story will hold you captive till the brilliant ending. Vintage Ruth Ware”

Shari Lapena

“Ware is an accomplished storyteller...compelling... assured neo-Gothic chiller”

Irish Times

“[Ruth Ware is] an adroit practitioner in the art of psychological suspense . . . Thoughtful and provocative”

Barry Forshaw

“A superior slice of ghostly suspense”

Red Online

“Eerie and tense, this left me so spooked that I slept with the lights on!”

Nina Pottell, Prima

“Turn of the Key is a cracking read that kept me glued until the final page”

UK Press Sydication

“Creepily suspense-packed”

Janet McKechnie, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

“There’s been something of a gothic revival in crime fiction recently… This elegant thriller skilfully updates the genre”

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

“Fabulously tense and spooky”

Deirdre O'Brien, Best

“An elegant and suspenseful Gothic chiller”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, *Books of the Year*


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