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.
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This book is another winner by the mistress of suspense - Ruth Ware. It's a combination of thriller, suspense, supernatural and it's gothic. It's well-written and keeps you guessing until the end. All the things a good thriller is supposed to do. All is certainly picture-perfect at Heatherbrae House in the beautiful Scottish highlands, but when Rowan Caine manages to land the perfect job as live-in nanny for what appears to be the perfect family and at a fabulous salary, she stumbles onto a house full of secrets, lies and maybe even ghosts. Rowan doesn't believe in ghosts, and is totally convinced that there is a human hand behind the unexplained happenings. But Rowan has secrets of her own, and ulterior motives which we don't learn about until near the end of the book. It turns out that Rowan is an unreliable narrator and it made me realize, like in most Ruth Ware books, that nothing is like it seems. The book, told in the form of a letter to a solicitor, kept my interest and kept me turning pages right up until the end. If I have a complaint about the book, it is the abrupt ending and that is why I gave it four stars instead of the five that I thought I would give it through most of the book. But I gladly recommend it to aficionados of great suspense writing. Ruth Ware certainly has the right stuff and the formula for writing gripping stories.