The Au Pair – Emma Rous

Getting some 2019 reads in before the end of the month!

Thanks to Berkley Pub for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE AU PAIR – Emma Rous (Releasing January 8th, 2019)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one 🙂


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

First of all, I had an incredibly hard time believing that this was a debut novel. So impressed and I can’t wait to see what Emma Rous has in store for us next! THE AU PAIR is an atmospheric read with a slower build to it – but just enough to keep pulling you through the chapters. My curiosity was piqued and I couldn’t put this one down, I know for some people this one will be on the slower side than what they are hoping for, but it worked for me.

The day that Seraphine and her brother, Danny, were born their other unexpectedly threw herself off a cliff only hours after their birth. The mystery and rumors that swirled around this never truly left the family. Years later, after the death of her father, Seraphine is going through his belongings to find a photograph. You would think family memories would be a happy discovery, well, not this photograph. This raises more questions and has Seraphine determined to find the first au pair, Laura, the family had to get much needed answers.

We go back and forth between present day (Seraphine trying to uncover the truth) and the past, during Laura’s time with the family. I will always love a good domestic thriller/suspense novel, especially the ones packed with red herrings and twists. This was exactly that and I know that’s the reason I was glued to the pages. While I know some twists will be on the more predictable side for avid thriller readers, they didn’t take away from the story.

Overall, I would highly recommend this to those looking for an atmospheric domestic drama. Plenty of secrets, lies, red herrings, and dysfunction – this is one that is perfect for your fall/winter TBR.


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