I know this isn’t fully Christmas related, but I need to talk about how this book made me a grinch after I finished. I had so many expectations, but this made me so mad.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Format: Physical copy from library
Um, so what was that whole book?
Ugh. Once again, I am hyped about a book and let down. This keeps on happening, and I still haven’t learned my lesson. Maybe someday I will. But once again, I’m giving an author a chance because of the hullabaloo going on surrounding a book, and it falls on its face and leaves me so mad.
Rowan Caine finds an ad for the perfect job working as a nanny, and she applies because she wants out of her boring job at a nursery. She finds out the house is a smart house and it’s in the highlands of Scotland. So you think it’s going to be a creepy story with an evil smart house or some insane murder mystery happening. There’s no evil smart house and the murder reveal is underwhelming to say the very least.
Rowan is telling the story to someone she wants to be her lawyer. She says this is my story, and I need you to believe me. She says she did not kill the little girl. So it’s a big build up to what little girl died and the whole what’s going on with the smart house is very disappointing. I like the format of hearing the story after the event and it being told to the lawyer. I think this would be awesome in other books, but Ruth Ware can’t do a lot to keep me entertained so I don’t have any good words regarding her latest work.
I wish this would have been a creepy story about an evil house. I would have been all over that. Like the whole creepy kids and poison garden could have been used so much better in the book. Instead they were just added in to make it seem scary, but it was just Like extraneous information Ware has placed into the book and never utilized. I would have loved the tale behind who lived in the house before and all those scarcely mentioned creepy things given to us but never made useful in the book.
The mystery was like… boo. I didn’t anticipate I was going to get the most shocking reveal I’ve had in my life, but it was kind of lame when it was told. I don’t know what happened with this book because it started out well and just went downhill so fast.
Rowan isn’t who she says she is either. And that twist isn’t really needed. It was just tossed in, and I think it could have been better if it was not just thrown in for a shock and actually made a part of the story. I love unreliable narrators a lot, but I could not find an ounce of interest with Rowan’s mystery life. There’s a lot of great elements in this book, but none of them are used in the right way.
I think this is the point I should give up on Ruth Ware. Her other book I read made me annoyed, so I just think she’s not the right type of thriller/mystery author for me.
I’m only giving this three stars because I liked the format and the beginning of the book. Now please someone write a book about an evil smart house.
Has anyone else read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Will this book be on your Christmas list or thrown in the fire?