Synopsis from HarperCollins:
The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.
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.
About: The Nanny is a mystery thriller written by Gilly Macmillan. It was recently published on 9/10/2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 382 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Nanny on 10/7/2019 and finished it on 10/11/2019. This book started out well and won my attention when all of the characters are introduced. I liked that each of the characters possesses his/her own unique personalities. I smiled at Detective Andy’s humor on wealthy people and felt angry at Jo for her blind loyalty. This story was a page turner for me up until the middle of the book and then it began to drag. I don’t enjoy all that arts stuff.
This book started with a prologue. Then the story begins, told in the third person point of view following Jocelyn, back in 1987, as she wakes up to find her nanny Hannah gone. She loves her nanny for her patience and care, an opposite of what her own mother does for her. Thirty years later Jo comes back to UK with her daughter to live with her mother after her husband died. The second view is of nanny Hannah, starting from more than thirty years ago and on until present day. The third view is Virginia, Jocelyn’s mother, told in present day. Virginia Holt is a wealthy woman with a lot of secrets. The fourth view is Detective Andy Wilton. He comes out to investigate the skull found in the lake. The past are written in italicized and the present are not. This book is divided into three parts.
The Nanny is well written and easy to read. I like the few surprises here and there. I didn’t guess it but I like the ending. The whole book is very mellow and not thrilling to read. Of all the characters, I guess I like Virginia because she knows what to do under pressure. The prologue is interesting when part of it appears within the story.
Pro: humor, easy to read,
Con: slow paced, art stuffs, lack thrills
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, and The Nanny. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England. (Photo and info obtained from Harper Collins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to William Morrows for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.