What happens when you open your home to the perfect stranger?
Anna Klein is ready to return to work as a literary agent for the first time since having children. She and her husband, Josh, decide to hire a live-in nanny with some trepidation, but all their misgivings disappear as soon as they meet Oaklynn Durst. She has stellar references, a calm disposition, and a natural way with children. Not to mention their kids simply adore her.
But not long after Oaklynn arrives, the children start to come down with the most puzzling illnesses and inexplicable injuries. When the maternal Oaklynn is there to comfort everyone, Anna can’t help feeling a little eclipsed. And suspicious. Her husband and friends assure her that her anxieties are getting the best of her—Oaklynn is perfect. But Anna’s not so sure…
As she delves into Oaklynn’s past, she discovers too late that the woman who has been living in her house is not at all who she claims to be. But Oaklynn’s not the only one who has been lying. And when everyone’s dark secrets are forced into the light, the consequences may just turn deadly.
This book follows Anna Klien. Anna has two children and she now feels it is time to get back to work so her and her husband start a search for a live-in nanny. From recommendations of a firm that has Nannies on their books, Anna hires an older woman named Oaklynn.
The story is told from multiple points of view, primarily those of Anna and Oaklynn. It doesn’t take long for the children Veronica and Grace to adore Oaklynn, she is everything and more than Anna could want in a nanny. She is sweet and loving to the girls. She is almost too good to be true, making herself indispensable and makes life in the home almost too perfect. Then little things start to feel a bit off. Something just isn’t right. Anna becomes concerned when both children have unexplainable illnesses and injuries. And then you learn very quickly that Oaklynn isn’t who they think she is.
The characters are believable, Anna is relatable in some ways and is easy to picture, the plot isn’t the fastest passed book but I did like the slowness of the pace, building up the suspense and letting it all fall into place all the way up to the conclusion.
For die hards of this psychological thriller genre the twists and turns may not come as shockers for you but even working out those before the conclusion didn’t take away any of my enjoyment of this book but it might for some people. So my conclusion is this, this is a book that you need to read for yourself regardless of reviews, everyone of us are different and not every book is for everyone but this book is worth reading for yourself and making up your own minds. It might not have blown me away but it did keep me reading right up to the last page. I enjoyed it even if I did work it out what the twist before time.
A great read with relatable characters that will resonate with most parents no matter where you are from.
A big thank you to the author Andrew Hart, publishers Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest and independent book review.