- format: kindle (amazon)
- File Size: 2870 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1982128895
- Publisher: Vintage Digital (August 8, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2019
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H9NSJ1P
IT WAS THE DREAM JOB. IT WOULD BECOME HER WORST NIGHTMARE.
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…
Rowan Cane is in jail writing a letter to a barrister pleading for him to represent her in her upcoming trial. Her letter to Mr Wrexham tells the story of how she came to be in HMP Charnworth awaiting trial for murder.
So in a sense it is a case of how reliable Rowan is as a narrator. Is she telling us the whole truth? What don't we know about her?
A truly fascinating read, with an almost Gothic feel about it. Rowan has been offered a very demanding job, very highly paid, but the last four nannies have all left. In addition, her employers leave almost straight away, leaving Rowan in a very high tech house, with three little girls who do not really like her. A very demanding job indeed even for a super nanny. And things begin to go wrong almost immediately.
But the really staggering thing about this story is the incredible twist at the end, which won't make any sense unless you've absorbed the whole book.
I've made it the top of my list for this year.
If you haven't read anything by Ruth Ware, time to start. And then follow it up with others from my list below.
My rating: 5.0
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