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The Woman in Cabin 10

release date: Jan 07, 2020
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The Woman in Cabin 10
From New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware comes The Woman in Cabin 10, a suspenseful and haunting novel set at sea. In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant, but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the desk, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong... Using surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

The Turn of the Key

release date: May 12, 2020
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The Turn of the Key
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A superb suspense writer…Brava, Ruth Ware. I daresay even Henry James would be impressed.” —Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On “This appropriately twisty Turn of the Screw update finds the Woman in Cabin 10 author in her most menacing mode, unfurling a shocking saga of murder and deception.” —Entertainment Weekly From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes this thrilling novel that explores the dark side of technology. 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 events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the home’s cameras, 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. 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—but somebody 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.

One by One

release date: May 04, 2021
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One by One
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain"--

In a Dark, Dark Wood

release date: Jan 01, 2019
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In a Dark, Dark Wood
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES and GLOBE AND MAIL BESTSELLER What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself. Leonora (Lee to some, Nora to others) is a reclusive writer, but when an old friend unexpectedly invites her to a weekend away in an eerie glass house, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But a haunting realization creeps in to the party: they are not alone in the woods. Forty-eight hours later, Nora wakes up in a hospital bed with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “What happened?” but “What have I done?” she tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. In order to uncover secrets and reveal motives, Nora must revisit parts of herself that she’d rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. This gripping thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

release date: Oct 27, 2020
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
A “perfectly executed suspense tale very much in the mode of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca” (The Washington Post) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Turn of the Key. On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is a “captivating and eerie page-turner” (The Wall Street Journal) from the Agatha Christie of our time.

The Lying Game

release date: Nov 26, 2019
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The Lying Game
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER! “So many questions...Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon “Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People “Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes a chilling new novel of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games teenaged girls play. On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten, along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister. The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isa—receive the text they had always hoped would never come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.” The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second-rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty. But their little game had consequences, and as the four converge in present-day Salten, they realize their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped. Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill to keep you wrong-footed, The Lying Game is told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, lending itself to becoming another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

The Lying Game

release date: Feb 08, 2018
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The Lying Game
'To read [The Lying Game] is to have your nerves slowly but inexorably shredded as, over and again, the tension builds and then evaporates until the final, unexpected denouement' Metro 'A gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, and a plot that turns like the tide.' ERIN KELLY bestselling author of HE SAID SHE SAID 'Thank goodness for Ruth Ware...[The Lying Game is] gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting' Independent Four friends. One promise. But someone isn't telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware. The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It's just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, not after what they did. It's time for the women to get their story straight...

New Ruth Ware Thriller

release date: Jun 08, 2018
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New Ruth Ware Thriller
READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS OF THE STUNNING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game IN THIS FREE PREVIEW. 'The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware's best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting' AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast. There's just one problem - Hal's real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger's funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her. Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life... ENJOYED WHAT YOU'VE READ? THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY IS AVAILABLE TO BUY IN EBOOK OR HARDBACK NOW.

Ruth Ware Boxed Set

release date: Sep 07, 2021
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Ruth Ware Boxed Set
For the first time, a boxed set of three white-knuckled New York Times bestsellers from “the Agatha Christie of our generation” (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author), featuring One by One, The Turn of the Key, and The Woman in Cabin 10. “If you know anything about Ruth Ware, you know her thrillers keep you on the edge of your seat” (Cosmopolitan) and now you can enjoy three of her most spine-tingling in one gorgeous boxed set. In The Woman in Cabin 10, a journalist’s assignment on a luxury cruise is anything but a dream job. It soon unravels into a heart-pounding nightmare when she witnesses a shocking death—only for all the passengers on the ship to be accounted for and her worries dismissed. This tense and shadowy novel “will grab your attention, force it against a wall, and hold it there until the end” (Associated Press). A modern-day Gothic haunted house story about the horrors of technology, The Turn of the Key is a “twisty and creepy” (Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author) tale that follows a nanny in charge of two eccentric children in a smart house where she is constantly being watched. And when one child ends up dead, she must face whether or not she is capable of murder. Finally, in the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) One by One, a group of coworkers find themselves trapped by an avalanche in a French chalet during a corporate retreat. With no sign of rescue, tensions rise and truths are revealed, and soon, the group dwindles one by one.

New Ruth Ware Thriller

release date: Oct 12, 2020
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New Ruth Ware Thriller
**READ AN EXCLUSIVE FREE PREVIEW OF THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TURN OF THE KEY AND IN A DARK DARK WOOD** AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW 'The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware's tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold. The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder, to get what they want? PRAISE FOR ONE BY ONE: 'A chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Agatha Christie would have been up all night reading this one!'Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door 'The queen of just-one-more-chapter has done it again' Clare Mackintosh 'Impossible to put down and perfectly claustrophobic and gorgeously atmospheric' Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in Wait 'So fast paced, action packed, twisty-turny, modern, clever, scary and ingenious!' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs 'A fab psychological thriller and I loved the snowy setting! Incredibly tense and kept me guessing to the end' Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake 'Chilling, claustrophobic and clever. This is Ruth Ware's best yet' Jo Jakeman, author of Safe House 'One By One has all the elements of a classic crime novel, brilliantly reinvented for the modern era with a dramatic setting, pin-sharp characterisation and up-to-the-minute plotting. It is fast-paced, astute and utterly compelling.' Jane Casey, author of The Cutting Place
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