The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart

The Woman in Our House

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

The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very frightening book and just when you think you know exactly what is going on and how it is going to end, surprise! You didn’t. That is what makes me want to read a thriller and this one has just about everything going for it. From the beginning, you know that something is off with the Nanny that will eventually become one of the star-players in this novel, but although you might think you have her all figured out by the last chapter, that turns out not to be the case.

This author is truly amazing at making you think about how a seemingly ordinary situation could become dangerous. I will now think twice about who I associate with–thanks to him. What I loved about this book most, was that he did such a fantastic job of portraying character’s innermost feelings for the audience of readers. I felt like I knew these people, and could sympathise with them. The goings on in the neighbourhood seemed very real, as did the internal thoughts of all the people involved in the various aspects of the book.

There were many times where I found myself holding my breath whilst reading this and that is a great reason to want to recommend it to other readers. This really is a great book.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.


6 thoughts on “The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart”

  1. I think the author got the like/hate ratio quite perfect, which was a surprise in itself given how so many have not succeeded at it in this specific genre. The main character was flawed just enough to sympathize with, and self-aware enough to like for her flaws. A fine line well walked!


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