Judging the Cover: The cover doesn’t really grab me. I don’t really feel that it represents the story well and I wouldn’t buy the book solely based on this cover.
The Plot from Goodreads: Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby, she has a happy family of two young stepsons and a loving husband. When Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby’s arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But there’s something about her that Claudia cannot trust. Moreover, there’s been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work, who will be there to protect her? And why does she still feel so unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in the seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe’s blurry past and begins to wonder-how far would someone go to have a child of her own?
About the author: You can learn more about Samantha Hayes here.
My thoughts-The plot of this story is very intriguing to me…a pregnant woman with a mysterious nanny. I couldn’t help but draw comparisons of this book to the movie “The Hand that Rocks The Cradle” due to the “creepy nanny” storyline, but this book and the movie are very different. (This book would make an amazing movie though!)
The good: This book had everything I love in a good psychological thriller…an interesting plot, complex characters, and a jaw-dropping twist. The author is very good at slowly revealing small details, enough to make the reader feel the need to keep reading to find out more. The twist at the end of this book me away! It’s up there with the big twist from “Gone Girl” as the most shocking. I had to take a moment to digest what I had read and rethink the whole story. The last sentence was also a shocker.
The Not So Good: There were times when the characters in this book made stupid decisions and it became very frustrating. I also felt like the book focused a bit too much on the detectives’ daughter, who wasn’t relevant to the main story. This is definitely not a book for pregnant women. There are some graphic scenes that may be very upsetting to someone who is expecting.
My rating: Throughout the book, I was planning to rate this 4/5 stars…and then the big twist occurred and it had to be a 5 star book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers, it’s definitely worth a read!
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.