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 was not easy to get into at first, partly because I have to be in the mood for a thriller and I just wasn’t. I did eventually get engrossed in the story and wanted to see what happened next.
I’m still not completely sure how I feel about the book, however. On the surface, I enjoyed it and the climax was not what I expected. But digesting it after, a lot doesn’t hold up. The ending just absolutely does not make sense. The descriptions of all characters, except Oaklynn, are superficial and I struggled with anything more than a superficial connection to the characters. The creepy factor was there for sure, but there were also times reading Oaklynn’s point of view that were just so off they jarred me out of the story.
This is a book with a lot of action, but requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. I really enjoyed Mr Hart’s book Lies That Bind Us, but this one just didn’t compare.
Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2
About the author:
Andrew Hart is one of the pseudonyms of New York Times bestselling and award-winning author A. J. Hartley. His sixteen novels straddle multiple genres for adults and younger readers and have been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. As Andrew James Hartley, he is also the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His website is www.ajhartley.net.