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The Ruining by Anna Collamore

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens - especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door. 

All too soon cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness or is something sinister at play?

THE RUINING is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

Goodreads Summary

I loved every aspect of this novel. The main character, Annie, has had a difficult like growing up in Detroit. She wants to reinvent herself and start anew with a young family and two children. She acts as the nanny and also attends the local college. Her room and board is covered as long as she nannies for the children (though the mother mainly only allows her to nanny the older child). It seems like a dream come true, but is it only an illusion? 

The longer Annie is there, the stranger things get. Libby insists on calling her Nanny instead of her name though she denies it when Annie asks her why. Libby seems to recreate trauma Annie experienced in her past. The whole family is strange. There is a difference between "private" and paranoid. The ending was as satisfying as I expected. I loved how Owen, the love interest, stepped up and cared about Annie's safety despite several of her cutting remarks. Annie's caring and compassion for Zoe was apparent; she really cared about her little charge. The author created an atmosphere of tension and suspicion that remained throughout the novel. I can't recommend this book enough.

5 Stars

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