The Nanny

The Nanny

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Dark, twisty and full of characters you'll love to hate, The Nanny is the perfect read for a chilly winter's night." -- Ruth Ware, New York Times Bestselling Author

"The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062875556
Branch Call Number: FIC Macmi
Characteristics: 384 pages


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Jul 28, 2020

Can I please pick up my book this evening?

Jan 29, 2020

Just couldn’t get into this book.

Jan 21, 2020

Even though you can see the ending coming a mile away, it was an enjoyable read.

neyoscribbles Jan 03, 2020

What is up with Nannies?

A bit slow in the middle but otherwise it was a page-turner. I enjoyed that there were different voices, all with wavering credibility. Just when you decide to be team Jo, the reader is forced to empathize with her mother as well, but then you also cannot help but wonder why Jo is so blind. I like how this thriller challenges the reader to pick a side and then question the side they have picked. I did however figure out the mystery halfway through, so the ending lacked an ‘aha’ moment for me. Regardless, it was still a psychological scrutiny about trusting your memories, your version of the truth and the memories of others. The mother daughter relationship with family secrets and class problems, although done many times before, was not as boring as one might expect.

Dec 19, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. There is a good deal of jumping back and forth like many mysteries today do, but it was done so that you knew whose viewpoint you were reading and when.

Sep 24, 2019

The plot jumps back and forth and may be hard to follow. Eventually everything starts making sense and turns out to be a well written thriller. The ball gets rolling as the story progresses. I have to admit, however , the role of the police in this book wasn’t much of an impact and it looked like they were just there to tie loose ends and to be a filler. Oh well, I suppose the police can’t do everything right?

Well worth the read if you stick with the slow start. Absolutely loved the fitting ending!

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

When you are 7 and your nanny disappears.....and then, 30 years later, human remains turn up!

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