Rowan Caine is drafting a letter from jail to her lawyer, quite literally pleading her case of innocence. As a reader, we only know that Rowan is in jail for a crime she says she didn't commit and that a little girl is dead. As Rowan begins to detail her story from finding the ad for a nanny position to her first interview at Heatherbrae House, it is clear that everything isn't as it seems. While she loves the idea of being wrapped up in the luxury of this recently remodeled historic home and snapping up the lucrative live-in nanny position, all of the "smart" features in Heatherbrae House are a little unsettling. Is the job really too good to be true and why have all the previous nannies left so abruptly? To add to the unease, the children in Rowan's charge are not exactly welcoming her with open arms. It also becomes apparent that Rowan seems to be hiding something from her past as well. Rowan is soon left on her own with the girls, but it seems that someone or something is also not too happy to have Rowan at Heatherbrae House.
I truly couldn't read this book fast enough. The ending was somewhat ambiguous which normally leaves me dissatisfied, but in this case I felt it was spot on by leaving the reader to draw the lines to their own conclusion. I was reminded of Mary Roberts Rinehart's novels with the way this book weaved the intricate plot and suspense together. I will definitely be reading more Ruth Ware in my near future.
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.