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.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5
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?
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.