Reviewer: Christine Davis
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.
Ruth Ware delivers a bone chilling story that is sure to please the thriller fan in everyone! From the first page you discover Ware’s unique writing style that draws her readers in and keeps you guessing till the end. While you’re bracing yourself from one fear raising incident to another, you’re left guessing about the mystery and the earthly , or not so earthly, involvement in the going ons!
Characters stand out, especially the main character, with the presentation of their human flaws that also has you speculating about what they have done when the creepiest things happen!
I had this book in my hands, rarely setting it down, for three days and finished it. Everytime I thought I understood what was happening, something else was thrown into the mix. I consider this a top read for this fall and getting one into the feel for the upcoming spooky season! Money was well spent on this novel!