The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

Book - 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. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhood--and the American debut of an immensely talented writer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143132172
Branch Call Number: FICTION SLIMANI 2018
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 20 cm


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You know how it's going to end right from the beginning but you'll still want to read the story of how could it have possibly ended up in that horrific way. It's a quick read.

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Dec 13, 2018

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

Nov 21, 2018

Unsatisfactory ending. Ok read otherwise

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.

Oct 27, 2018

Why does continental Europe produce so few contemporary novels (aside from Nordic crime books) that sell internationally? This book is a compendium of the failings that condemn them to local obscurity. Characters abstracted from reality, stories that are allegorical rather than realistic and a fixation on morbid existentialism. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in France and a dud everywhere else.

Sep 15, 2018

I think the author forgot to finish the book or just gave up. Not the ending I was expecting. Very dissapointing.

Aug 25, 2018

I found the ending very unsatisfactory.

Aug 17, 2018

I did not even finish the book. It is very engaging, for sure, but also very schematic and eventually I completely lost interest. I guess if you want to read a horror story without too much character development it is good enough, but I found it a waste of time.

Jul 21, 2018

As others have said, there's absolutely no connection with Gone Girl. I found nothing wrong with the writing/translation and was completely absorbed in this sad story. Perhaps it helps if one is familiar with Paris??

Jul 14, 2018

I just finished this book and like others, I was waiting for the twist. It never came. Nothing at all like gone girl. Being translated from french to English left the writing abit choppy. I wouldn't recommend this book

Jul 10, 2018

I expect that many people picked this up and put it down again after reading the first few paragraphs. The author drops us directly into an unbearable tragedy that will be an instant turnoff for many. There will be others that go into this book thinking they have chosen a thriller and will be very disappointed with it. For me, this book was more of a character study. A very slow revealing of a person's mind. It is about motherhood and social class and loneliness. The author gives us enough information about the nanny for us to realize that she is a stressed and desperate person but never fills out her back story fully. We are left to imagine many of her feelings and thoughts on our own. There are many moments in the book where the nanny will display a peculiar behaviour or there will be an awkward moment in a scene which creates tension as the reader anticipates the tragedy that they know is coming. The story can leave you a bit frustrated and hungry for details. Even the ending just comes to a stop. But it is all part of a skillfully constructed story line and an important part of the reading experience. It left me sober and thoughtful and stayed with me for the rest of the day.

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