Eerie and tense, this left me so spooked that I slept with the lights on! Rowan wants a change of scenery, so when she spots an ad for a live-in nanny in a lovely house in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. But why have previous nannies left in such a hurry?
A baby is dead and her nanny, Rowan, is in prison awaiting trial for her murder, but she swears she didn't do it. There's a remote house in the Scottish Highlands full of intrusive smart technology, four nannies who've quit in a year, four demanding little girls and a creepy, supernatural atmosphere permeating every page. This starts off as a slow burn, but hang on because you're in for one wild ride.
Left on her own with the children almost from the start, things quickly go from bad to worse – creaking footsteps at night, lost keys, a walled garden filled with poisonous plants, a history of hauntings. Ware tells a cracking tale and, as in her breakout novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, the house itself plays a hugely menacing part in proceedings.