The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

Paperback - 2018
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"When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143132172
0143132172
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 20 cm

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France’s 2016 Goncourt Prize Winner is a dark, gripping psychological thriller about Louise, nanny to Adam and Mila Masse. When Myriam Masse decides to return to her career as a high-powered lawyer after having their second child, Paul and Myriam are forced to find a nanny for their two children.... Read More »

Edgar Nominee, Best Paperback Original

France’s 2016 Goncourt Prize Winner is a dark, gripping psychological thriller about Louise, nanny to Adam and Mila Masse. When Myriam Masse decides to return to her career as a high-powered lawyer after having their second child, Paul and Myriam are forced to find a nanny for their two children.... Read More »


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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

3.41

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bethgarza24
Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

mazinwhistler Feb 14, 2019

As a I mother I was very anxious after reading the prologue at the start of this book. It is however very well written and I was engaged and keen to find out what happened and I am glad I persisted. It is a gripping tale, although creepy in many ways and had me on the edge knowing the end result from the start. A worthwhile read!

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Corwall
Feb 14, 2019

Terrible book.

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Adw555
Jan 22, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Disturbing drama...

Myriam and Paul have found her at last, the perfect nanny for their two young children. Now their lives will be perfect too...with careers to challenge them, and a wonderful nanny to help raise their family. She cooks, she cleans, she plays games with the children...what more could one ask? But Louise is far, far from perfect and Myriam and Paul will soon have their lives destroyed in the most terrible way imaginable.

As Louise integrates herself more and more fully into the family’s life, warning signs become clear, but will anyone pay attention?

Pros: Short, concise chapters and well developed characters.

Cons: Not much plot at all, and I felt the ending let the book down...the first chapter, while incredibly disturbing and difficult to read, was much stronger than the ending.

Not sure about this one actually...terrifying content, so please be ready for that if you choose to read this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

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celestetrottier
Dec 18, 2018

Absolutely loved this book! Read it for my book club and I know there will be lots to discuss.

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TaraAttea
Dec 13, 2018

This book is perfect. For what it is, it's written flawlessly. Highly Recommend.

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agoldsby
Dec 08, 2018

I enjoyed the pace of the story. I was able to finish this in one sitting, unfortunately, I hated the ending. It felt rushed and unresolved. This was too good of a story for the ending to be so incomplete. I was left wondering so much. Good first effort...I guess.

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cashen
Nov 21, 2018

Unsatisfactory ending. Ok read otherwise

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brangwinn
Nov 06, 2018

Well maybe not so perfect after all, as the story unfolds about a Parisian couple who hire a petite blond woman to be nanny to their children. As the story unfolds, the perfect nanny begins to fall apart ending with the death of the children. The reader knows from the beginning the that children are dead…it’s the first thing learned, and then the story begins at the beginning.

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