I have decided to indulge in Spookathon this year. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all the prompts but it doesn’t hurt to try! Also, after me being MIA for so long, I realized I need to focus a bit more on blogging about my reads and be accountable for what I have started. 😛
So here we go!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The story is about Rowan Caine, who is writing a letter to her lawyer from prison, hoping he helps her get out of a crime she hasn’t done.
She stumbles across the ad for a live-in nanny post, when she’s looking for something else completely,but it seems like too good an opportunity to miss 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.
I did not see the plot twists coming, and it hit me hard! OMG!!!
I loved how the story keeps you guessing and on the edge from the very first page until the last.
This is a psychological thriller, and I choose not to spoil the mystery as much as i can! However, I would like to mention how very intricate and well build this plot is. Ruth Ware is now officially on my auto-buy authors list.
Gothic! Creepy and a house with a terrible past of its own.
This book is set in a Victorian House with modern technologies in a remote village of Scotland. Loved the cross over between Modern and Victorian. I loved how the author was able to create a creepy ambiance using just technology as a tool.
Think – Alexa or a Google Home! Everything in this house depends on technology like Bio metric Locks, Sensor Lights, CCTV, and to control is all.. there is an app that creates havoc and chaos with all its malfunctions.
The way the plot is set out using this is exceptionally clever since it isn’t hard to relate to the setting in this day and age.
Rowan’s character is written out in a way that makes her the best narrator of the story. I mean yes, she is a murder suspect and yes, she is an unreliable source but I do feel she was the best point of view I wanted to read this story since she gives a detailed account of the events that take place. She is logical in her actions and is so engaging in a way that she makes you feel you have the whole picture front of you until another plot twist comes up.
I also loved the dysfunctional family trope going on in this book and how very complicated every character is made to appear.
Even the kids! They were an absolute nuisance. But it’s not hard to understand their state of mind as their left alone with a stranger month after month while all they need is some love and attention from parents.
The themes in this book mainly revolve around parenting and technology.
Overall, I loved how engaged I was with this book and how the horror slowly creeps in. A must read for all thriller lovers out there.
Published: August 6th 2019
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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