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.
Let me preface this by saying I am a huge Ruth Ware fan. I tear through everything she writes with a wild fervor.
I enjoyed the characters, I thought they were very well written. And I also really liked the idea of the story. But when it got down to the logistics of the story itself, I couldn’t get interested. It was very slow paced and I felt like the writing style was a little different then what I am use to from her.
I feel like the story could have done with 100 less pages OR adding in more substance. A lot of it felt like filler and was repetitive. I was very optimistic for this novel. And honestly, I am still excited to see what she does next.
I give this book 2 stars.