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.
Every time when I finish a book and go to GoodReads to mark it as read, I throw a quick glance over the first reviews that show up. This time, when I did it, I was surprised in a negative way by how much people complained about this book, even if they did give it a decent rating. From what I briefly saw, most of the people complain about too many details and too many lines followed by the author, instead of concentrating only on one of the characters. I don’t think I ever had such a different impression about a book compared to the general opinion shared by most of the reviewers.
Personally, I enjoyed every step of the story, every detail shared and in no way I found the book being uselessly elongated. I mentioned before, I’m very far from being that type of the reader that turns into a detective in order to solve the mystery before the writer will reveal it. On the contrary, I enjoy staying clueless during the whole reading and letting myself get surprised by the turn of events in the end. Therefore, I remained in the darkness for the entire storyline and I loved the change of perspectives, the different points of view and the small pieces of the puzzle that the author places along the book.
I loved how distorted the image of the characters becomes from a chapter to another, how Andrew Hart manages to manipulate you into trusting whatever he wants you to believe. All characters , from the protagonists to the secondary ones are complex, all of them show you different sides of their personality, all of them seem to have something dark to hide and some hidden reasons for their suspicious actions. You never know when the roles will change, when one of the less important characters will take over the scene and become maybe the main ones that influence the course of the story.
One more big plus of the story is the fact that it reveals from the very beginning one of the details that you would have expected to discover much later. Despite this, there’s never a boring page, the novel keeps you hooked from the first to the last page.
If there’s one thing that disappointed me a bit, it was the last chapter, after the big mystery has already been revealed. I thought that everything seemed rushed in a way, like things ended somewhat too easily after such a tensioned atmosphere that was built just before it. I got the feeling that the author created everything necessary for a huge explosion, even took the first steps to start in, only to end it in just a few, timid sparks instead. But even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last few pages, overall, The Woman In Our House was definitely a great reading, which I enjoyed with every page I turned.