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.
I’m always filled with guilt when I have to admit that a book/story for me, was only a 3 stars (average; not terrible but not spectacular). But this one, just wasn’t it for me. I found the pace quite slow which made it difficult to want to keep reading. I couldn’t identify with the characters at all or feel anything for them other than disdain to be honest, especially for Jocelyn, who at first I was starting to like but then she turned into a bit of a twit halfway in. And the twists? Well, there didn’t seem to be many if any for me, and the very small ones that were there were a tad predictable. I’m sorry to sound so unpleasant about it, there were parts I liked, I did enjoy the mother there were times where I found her relatable. But The Nanny just didn’t grab me, and I’ve been reading some 5/5’s at the moment so it was obvious to me that this wasn’t one I’d be giving a 5 to.
I do look forward to reading more in the future from the author, just because this one wasn’t my cup of tea, isn’t to say that the next won’t be. Thank you so much to Random House UK for my ebook copy, I very much appreciated the opportunity.
I rated The Nanny: 3/5 stars