PUBLICATION DATE: September 29th, 2020
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Thank you to Berkley for the invite to be part of this blog tour and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The woods are creeping in on a nanny and two young girls in this chilling modern Gothic thriller.
Architect Tom Faraday is determined to finish the high-concept, environmentally friendly home he’s building in Norway – in the same place where he lost his wife, Aurelia, to suicide. It was their dream house, and he wants to honor her with it.
Lexi Ellis takes a job as his nanny and immediately falls in love with his two young daughters, especially Gaia. But something feels off in the isolated house nestled in the forest along the fjord. Lexi sees mysterious muddy footprints inside the home. Aurelia’s diary appears in Lexi’s room one day. And Gaia keeps telling her about seeing the terrifying Sad Lady…
Soon Lexi suspects that Aurelia didn’t kill herself and that they are all in danger from something far more sinister lurking around them.
Fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thrills! This book will hook you as you flip through the pages to determine what only what DID happen in the past, but what WILL happen in the present. I love how the novel starts off, with just a little glimpse into what happened in the past to a woman named Aurelia, just enough to leave us hanging with a ton of questions. What happened to her? They say she died of suicide, leaving her husband and two young children, but is that was truly happened or is something more dark and sinister at play?
The novel then jumps to the here and now and we meet young Lexi. She overhears a conversation between two other women on a bus one day, a woman named Sophie talking to her friend. Sophie is talking about applying for a nannying job in Norway. Intrigued, and determined to start over with a new life away from it all, Lexi gathers the information for how to apply for the job and applies, pretending to be Sophie. Soon afterwards, Lexi finds herself on a flight to Norway to be the Faraday family’s new nanny.
The story unfolds and is told from alternate timelines – both past and present, and is told from varying POV’s – Tom Faraday in the past and present, his late wife Aurelia in the past, and Lexi in the present.
I loved reading about Lexi’s job nannying for the Faraday family, and the mysterious surroundings she found herself in. There were a lot of strange things going on in the home and within the family, and Lexi was given a very mysterious and strange warning: if you hear noises in the basement, do NOT go there. I mean what!?
Full of bone-chilling, creepy, and spine-tingling pages, that you will devour once you start to read. I enjoyed the story being told from different characters in the book, and was curious to know why all these strange things were happening, and what truly happened to Aurelia that cost her her life.
MY REVIEW: 4/5 stars