The Woman in Our Houseby Published 18 Jun 2019
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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 Reviews
The Woman in Our House is a thriller about how the decision of hiring a complete stranger to live in your home and take care of your children could be a life-changing decision that you may regret. Anna Klein and her husband relocated to the South and moved into a beautiful home with their two children Veronica and Grace. Anna is finally ready to get back to work as a literary agent and she and Josh decide to hire a live-in nanny to take care of the children. While they are nervous, Anna does a lot of research to find Oaklynn Durst, a Mormon from Utah with excellent references and soothing demeanor who is absolutely loved by children. Veronica and Grace soon adore Oaklynn but Anna becomes concerned when both children have unexplainable illnesses and injuries. While everyone, including Josh, is enthralled by Oaklynn, Anna is convinced that something suspicious is happening to her children and Oaklynn is somehow responsible. Anna begins to do some digging into Oaklynn's past and soon discovers that she is not who she says she is. However, Oaklynn is not the only who has been keeping secrets and those secrets may just cost someone their life.
I felt that the book started out strong, especially with revealing a twist so early. I liked the different perspectives that gave insight into the characters and their side of the story. However, the story quickly got derailed with too many subplots. The story became less focused, which made me start to lose some interest. And that ending? I'm not sure what the author was thinking but his social commentary along with completely implausible chain of events were just a mess. The story would have been just as thrilling without the extraneous subplots and the completely unnecessary white supremacist/racial angle.
The Woman in Our House could have been a 4-star rating as I liked the concept of the nanny stolen identity. Unfortunately, it dropped down to a 2.5 rating (rounded down to 2 stars). The author tried to fit too many implausible ideas into one story and it just didn't work.
Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anna wants to go back to work but she needs to find a live in nanny first. She hires Oaklynn as the new nanny, but will she regret her choice? Anna did a lot of research on Oaklynn's background before hiring her. Oaklynn is a Mormon from Utah who provided Anna with excellent references, but best of all, she gets on well with Anna's two daughters, Veronica and Grace. Even her husband, Josh can't find fault with Oaklynn. But then the girls start having unexplained illnesses and injuries.
The story is told from multiple points of views. The characters are true to life. I was pulled into this story quite early, even though I have read many similar plot lines. Even though the story is a bit predictable at times you still need to keep turning the pages, needing to find out all the answers. There is quite a big curve ball thrown into the mix. All in, an enjoyable read.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author Andrew Hart for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“People don’t hurt the things they love,” [...] “Don’t they?” she said. “Perhaps in your world. In my world, love always comes with pain. With hurt.”
Much thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
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📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: Mystery/Thriller.
📚 POV: Multiple Third and First Person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Racism. Violence. And many other things I will not say so I won't spoil the book.
⚠ Read if: you're looking for a slow burn and domestic setting thriller.
The Woman In Our House is my first read from author Andrew Hart. It appears this is a pseudonym and he is also known as A. J. Hartley.
This is a story of a mother, Anna, trying to get back into working as a literary agent, so she resulted to hiring a nanny for her two kids. Though her husband, Josh, is reluctant at first, he agrees and they contacted an agency that sent them Oaklynn.
From the title itself, it is obvious that there is something shady about Oaklynn. The book does not actually wait to long to show readers that. So, we are actually prepared for the darkness that follow.
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." I found myself initially loving the book, and then getting frustrated with how slow the pace was. I struggled with the side plots and found all the characters unlikeable except for the kids.
The book was redeemed by the last 20% and I enjoyed the plot twist. I was satisfied by the ending and it made this a worthwhile read after all.
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☁FINAL VERDICT: 3.4/5 ☁
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The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart is yet another thriller that takes readers on a journey of what may happen if they invite a nanny who is a stranger into their home. Now does one ever ask why do the rich or celebrities get away with hiring help but regular folks get the nannies from h*ll? Makes you wonder now that I mentioned it, doesn’t it? LOL Well Andrew Hart has come up with his own version that definitely kept me glued to the pages.
Anna Klein begins to think it’s about time for her to return to work even though her children are both still young. In order for Anna and her husband to work though they will have to bring in some help in the form of a nanny. Well after a friends recommendation Anna chooses Oaklynn Durst from a service in Utah. Wouldn’t you know everything is perfect for a while but then suspicious things begin to happen.
Now, The Woman in Our House is mainly told from Anna’s point of view however there are multiple others voices in the story too. Through these the reader is given just enough to know things are definitely not right but it takes tons and tons of twists and turns along the way before getting to the final conclusion. The thing that has me at 3 1/2 stars with this is while it was completely engaging the wrap up seemed to leave some holes along the way that didn’t add up to me. I questioned whether this one was a case of maybe one or two twists or red herrings too many while trying to stand out from the crowd.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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2.5 rounded up to 3.0 Stars. THE WOMAN IN OUR HOUSE was just ok....for me. I really liked the premise of the storyline....young well-to-do married couple with 3 1/2 and 9 month old hire live-in nanny so mom can resume job as literary agent in home office. We all know going in the new nanny will probably have some personality quirks and dark secrets....she really does, but the voice and actions of the parents, oldest child, and other characters, i.e. hospital personnel were unrealistic....as was the ending. There are moments of suspense, but also unnecessary subplots and overall, so much is predictable. ***Arc provided by Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for honest review***