Tour day for this brand new release!
Thanks to William Morrow for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
THE NANNY – Gilly Macmillan (Released yesterday!)
“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.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
This was my second outing with Macmillan and really enjoyed her writing in ODD CHILD OUT. I was excited for another great thriller and couldn’t wait to start. I will say that the synopsis definitely gives you everything you need to know about the book. Not too many twists will be thrown at you outside of the information you’re already given. Did that ruin the reading experience for me? Not at all! Despite being 400 pages, this one did move quickly but took me a little longer to finish than I anticipated. There seemed to be a lot of information that could have been omitted and we still would have gotten the same suspense and mystery!
I liked the premise of the book, a nanny leaves without a trace and without warning, leaving seven-year-old Jocelyn heartbroken. Fast forward a few decades, Jo and her daughter, Ruby, return to her childhood home in need of help from her mother. Despite the relationship not being the best between them, Jo and Ruby begin to settle into their new surroundings. That all changes when human remains are found on the property and an unexpected visitor returns. Who can Jo trust? What happened all those years ago?
This was predictable and didn’t really stand out compared to other thrillers out lately. However, I do enjoy how Macmillan tells a story. I liked her writing in her previous book I picked up and I think I will continue to pick up books from her in the future.
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.
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