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Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother.
When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss.
How could she vanish without saying goodbye?
Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything.
Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren’t what they seemed.
What secrets was her nanny hiding – and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her?
Sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.
As soon as I saw the ARC cover of The Nanny in my parcel, I got super excited to read the book. I loved the effect of the shadow on the front which created a lot of intrigue and also the colour scheme on the spine. The final cover is just as striking and while you should never judge a book by its cover, I think that in this case you definitely can, as it was just as amazing as I’d been hoping!
While it took me a few chapters to fully get into it, the pace worked brilliantly to gradually build up the intrigue, with Macmillan working in a perfect blend of secrets, revenge and family mysteries to keep the pages turning. Every time I finished one chapter, I was desperate to start the next.
I thought that the whole story was cleverly written and well told, with a cast of characters who, while not entirely likeable, were really interesting to read and were what made the book enjoyable for me, with their alternating POVs keeping me on my toes!
Overall, I’m giving The Nanny 4.5 out of 5. It’s engrossing, tense and there are twists and turns around every corner. I can’t believe I’ve never read anything by Gilly Macmillan before, but I’ll definitely be reading more now!
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About the Author
Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl and Odd Child Out.
She grew up in Swindon and studied at Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery and has been a lecturer in photography.
She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her family.
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