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.
After a failed suicide attempt, aspiring writer Lexi Ellis, the desperate narrator of this hypnotic psychological thriller from Cooke (I Know My Name), loses her job and her home in the north of England. Then on a train Lexi overhears a stranger, Sophie Hallerton, talking with a friend about a possible nanny job in Norway, a country that Lexi, a Nordic noir fan, has long been enamored of, though she's never been there. Lexi gets photos of Sophie's CV and application off the stranger's laptop while Sophie and friend go to the buffet car, and soon she's in London interviewing for the nanny job. She's hired to work for architect Tom Faraday, the father of two young girls, who's nearly finished building a house in a remote region of Norway in honor of his late wife, Aurelia. Once in Norway, Lexi fits easily enough into her nanny role, but odd things start to happen, from almost being locked in the basement to learning about the housekeeper's obsession with Aurelia, whose death was deemed a suicide. Lexi comes to think it was actually murder. Readers will keep guessing what's really going on right up to the surprise ending. Rebecca fans won't want to miss this one. \n
This book is well written and keeps you interested from beginning to end. Norwegian folklore really rounds out the entire feel of the story and the author makes you feel like you are watching it with your own eyes. Highly recommend.