Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart. Happy publication day Andrew!
About the book:
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.
You think you have chosen the right person to leave your children in their care, but you couldn’t be more wrong. This is every parents worst nightmare.
Told in the perspective of multiple characters, the main character Anne struggles with the burning need of wanting to return back to the work force and makes the hard decision with her husband to hire a live in nanny.
Enter the nanny Oaklynn. She is perfect, comes with outstanding references and her children love her! At first Anne struggles with this new arrangement but once a rhythm is established, it doesn’t take Anne long to get into the groove of being able to work from home while Oaklynn watches over the children.
It isn’t long until Anne starts to get her nose out of joint though where she feels the nanny is taking over and starts to do over and above what she is being paid for. Isn’t this what Anne wanted so she could return to work?
Then the cracks start showing and unusual events take place which has both children taken to the emergency room on multiple occasions. Why is this happening and is Oaklynn responsible?
This is a predictable story but this is still an enjoyable read.
In terms of the characters, I found Anne to be quite unlikeable and self centred and I had more sympathy for Oaklynn than I did for Anne in some instances and I felt she could have been portrayed better.
The story started as a slow burn and did pick up, but there were a few instances of the story that were left unexplained which I struggled with.
In saying all that it is a good story that should be read.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Andrew Hart for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Woman in Our House in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
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.
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