I think this month is all about nannies. The last thriller I read was about a nanny, The Turn of the Key (full review here). So today I’m reviewing The Nanny.
When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.
Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.
Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…
In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.
This is my first book by the author and I liked the writing style. The story overall was intriguing and the characters are so different and have secrets which we are trying to figure out who is hiding what. But at the end everything comes out. The story unraveled perfectly for me and the pacing was just perfect for the big reveal at the end. I was engaged throughout the book.
I was annoyed at some decisions Jo was making throughout the book. Like how do you trust someone so easily just because you loved and trusted them when you were six??? I was just confused, she just took everything at face value and trusted everything without any information to base that trust on. Nonetheless, the different characters made the story.
I did not really relate to any of these characters to keep me engaged and interested in what was going to happen to them. I was just interested in the story but not the characters of which I would have loved to.
The story is told in different narratives which adds so much context or layer to the story and it worked very well in allowing the reader to get more insight into each character.
Overall. I’d highly recommend this book to everyone. It is more of a mystery than a thriller to me.
Title: The Nanny Author: Gilly Macmillan Genre: Thriller, Mystery Published: July 2019 Publisher: Penguin Random House Page count: 423 Buy: here
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Thank you Penguin Random House SA for this copy.