Ruth Ware | August 2019
Great thriller! Twists and turns make for great reading but hard retelling if you don’t want to give up the whodunit! 😂🤣
We quickly learn our narrator, Rowen, is writing us from prison. So, we know something’s happened and we assume she’s done it..but what and why?
It turns out, Rowen is young, broke and mostly alone in the world. She starts her story as she’s employed by a local daycare and is passed over for a promotion. The workspace seems needlessly stressful, filled with mean girls and micromanaging Supervisors that dont like her, for pay little more than minimum wage. Home life is no better as she tends to compare herself to her young roommate who is gorgeous, and seems to have an endless supply of cash to fund world travel.
Rowen decides to apply for a new gig as a nanny in the remote Scottish Highlands. The role provides a nice pay increase with room and board on a beautiful property with an upgraded ‘smart’ home. The home was designed by a Tech executive and includes a whole house personal assistant, like Siri, named Happy. As Nanny, Rowen is charged with watching over 2 young children and an occasional teenager, for the Tech executive and his ambitious wife.
When Rowen moves into the house, things get interesting pretty quick. Firstly, mom and dad breeze off almost the same day she starts, leaving her with little more than stacks of overwritten manuals for their children and ‘Happy’. Like really? Who leaves their kids alone with strangers in their house? That alone is creepy. As the story goes on, Happy, the whole house assistant, goes on a blitz, mysteriously turning appliances on and off, like the stereo, waking the family up in the middle of the night. Doors thought locked become unlocked, keys play hide and seek, and Rowen feels micromanaged and watched, by the parents through the video system. So much so, she starts to doubt even if her most personal spaces are, in fact, private. Overtime, the children convince Rowen the house is haunted and a discovery of a hidden room above hers seems to support the theory. Last but not least, the oldest daughter returns from school and she’s apparently discovered somethings about Rowen.
Cons: Im not sure the author really got my emotion up to the fever pitch she wanted me to feel. But, all of these thrillers must rely on one person being a bit oblivious and here, i think that’s partially us AND Rowen.
Pros: The story is an excellent one. The overall premise is that Rowen, stressed from her surroundings, makes a big mistake and causes a death. If you allow yourself to be distracted by Siri gone wild, ghosts, strange men, mean maids and angry teenagers the ending is a nice twist on events. It kind of gives you what you think, but definitely not how you think. 😜
Definitely a goodbook for me. I enjoy Ruth Ware because she includes elements of mystery and suspense into her thrillers and they all have very deep, tangled endings so you will never guess the ending! This book is no different. #Goodbook 13 of 42.