I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I have read two of Ruth Ware’s books previously and I have to say I did not love them. I found them to be just okay, but this book oh boy it hooked me right from the start. This has got to be one of my new favorite thrillers. This book had all the scary and creepy vibes I wanted.
From the very beginning, we are hearing the story of a nanny who has been found guilty of murdering one of the children in her care. She is writing letters to a lawyer she believes will help her case and prove her innocent. She says she was never given a chance by the police to tell them the whole story. The entire book is her writing Mr. Wexham about the events that took place at the Heatherbrae House.
‘”I didn’t kill that child. Which means someone else did. And they are out there. While I’m in here, rotting.”’
When Rowan stumbles across the ad, it is too good an opportunity to pass up—a live-in nannying post with a generous salary. From the moment Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is intrigued. It is an old Victorian house in the Scottish highlands, but upgraded to a “smart” home where nearly everything in the house is controlled by an app. I love the idea of the whole house being controlled by technology, it adds so much to the story. And just like Rowan I believe I would have some trouble learning how to use the app properly. This book is so atmospheric, it has a modern Gothic feel to it. After meeting the children, she quickly realizes that they very much dislike her.
Her first night in the house, Rowan is woken up in the middle of the night with walking above her, or she thinks walking, but there is no attic above her and she is on the top floor. The nights at the house were my favorite parts! I listened to this book on audio at night and it was perfect, it definitely creeped out.
I highly recommend this book, and I have high hopes for Ruth Ware in the future, as her writing gets better with each book. One of my favorite thrillers of the year for sure!