This was not as scary as I expected! Dark, super twisted and pretty creepy, but not actually scary. Rachel (who is blind) moves into a new house with her mother, who works away from home every night. When she’s home alone, Rachel starts to hear strange noises and, being that she can’t see, she is unable to discover their source. At the same time, we follow the story of Alice: a nurse who lived in the same house 20 years ago, caring for her dying father. Alice was involved in an incident at work which lead to the tragic death of an 8-year-old boy, who is haunting her while her father mocks and abuses her, slowing driving her insane. When strange things keep happening at home, Rachel starts digging into the past to learn more about the ‘crazy’ nurse who lived there before her, until eventually she discovers much more than she bargained for.
Alice’s story is truly tragic. I think this is what stopped the book being really scary – instead I was just really sad for Alice the whole time. Her father is truly horrible to her, why does she keep caring for him?! And the whole time she’s dealing with her guilt over accidentally killing a child. Poor woman.
The Nurse is violent creepy but not OTT on gore (which is good because ew, blood and stuff). The plot is genuinely interesting, not just horror for the sake of horror. And the plot twist is INSANELY GOOD. I did not see it coming AT ALL. Amy Cross is the queen of horror (seriously, she has so, so many books) and it’s easy to see why. I will definitely be reading more of her work.