In exchange for an honest review, I was provided a free eARC of The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart courtesy of NetGalley.
Release Date: June 18, 2019
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Official Description (courtesy of NetGalley)
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.
Wow. This book took some twists I was not expecting at all.
How the book opens, the reader gets a sense that something bad will happen to her eldest daughter of the main protagonist. Which, it does, but not what you’d immediately expect.
Once Oaklynn moves into the Klein household, the reader gets the feel that something isn’t right with Oaklynn. I got the feeling that she had Munchausen by Proxy, which she kind of did.
Then we start to see something is going on with Josh, Anna’s husband, and Oaklynn has dirt on him. I got the feeling that Oaklynn would use this information to hurt the family somehow.
The story then takes a completely different turn and throws in a surprise antagonist. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the surprise antagonist, primarily because I thought this story would revolve around Oaklynn and something she ended up doing, because the title reads The Woman in Our House.
The story was wrapped up nicely and I really enjoyed how the story twisted at the end.
I love a good mystery/thriller and The Woman in Our House was a good one. I give this story 4 stars!