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, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143132172
Branch Call Number: FICTION SLIMANI
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-- Translator

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Kimbee
Sep 15, 2018

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

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PJD
Aug 25, 2018

I found the ending very unsatisfactory.

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nitramytown
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.

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mblummichaels
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??

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kalileah
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

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becker
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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photogrrlkp
Jun 26, 2018

This is NOT, as one of the review blurbs claims, the French "Gone Girl"- ignore that claim going in and you'll have a better chance at liking it. The only similarity is that there's a female villain. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so overly hyped. The first chapter gives away what happens, and you never really learn why, and the pace is somewhat slow, nothing really grabs you, and I didn't especially like or relate to any of the characters - it took me a while to finish it, considering it's a pretty short book. I wouldn't really recommend it.

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Moon2125
Jun 21, 2018

I had read glowing reviews of this book, and I was severely disappointed. I didn't like the writing and the book didn't hold my interest.

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uncommonreader
Jun 04, 2018

Prix Goncourt. This novel could be read in different ways. On one hand, it is a guilt trip for mothers who leave their children with nannies. On the other hand, it describes middle-class exploitation of working class nannies. In either case, the power relationship leads to disaster (as related on the first page).

TashD Jun 03, 2018

It was hard to read the start of this book but as the story starts at the end you get to learn about the nanny's past. I like dark, psychological thrillers and found the story to be unique as it is such a sensitive subject to write about. I wasn't so sure about the writing but put a lot of it down to translation!

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