The Nanny: A Novel by Gilly MacmillanThe Nanny: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan

The Nanny: A Novel

byGilly Macmillan

Paperback | September 10, 2019

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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.

Title:The Nanny: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 10, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062914588

ISBN - 13:9780062914583


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ending makes it worth it This one was off to a slow start but it was worth sticking through it. As the story progressed it got more interesting and intriguing. With a really good ending it was well worth the read. The story alternates between several different points of view. At first, it may seem haphazard and all over the place. At certain times it’s a little confusing and as mentioned earlier, it’s slow to start. The time jumps back and forth also add a bit to the confusion but once you get the characters straightened it makes a whole lot of sense (and adds a lot of the mystery that is scattered throughout the novel) None of the characters are likable although Virginia starts to grow on you as you learn more about her and what she went through. It’s surprising at first because she comes across as high brow, snobby and doesn’t really treat Jo like she should. As the story goes on however, you figure out why and what was behind her behavior. All the pieces start falling into place and it makes for a real good plot. As mentioned before, the plot jumps back and forth and may be hard to follow. Eventually everything starts making sense and turns out to be a well written thriller. The ball gets rolling as the story progresses. I have to admit, however , the role of the police in this book wasn’t much of an impact and it looked like they were just there to tie loose ends and to be a filler. Oh well, I suppose the police can’t do everything right? Well worth the read if you stick with the slow start. Absolutely loved the fitting ending!
Date published: 2019-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loed this! Looks great I can wait to see what Chapter 2 and 3 have in store!
Date published: 2019-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Look I could not think of a better bnbook to read on my way to Hong Kong.
Date published: 2019-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended When I read Burnt Paper Sky, Gilly MacMillan became a standout author for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each book of hers that I’ve read since and The Nanny is no exception. I was leery starting this immediately after finishing Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key, also about a nanny. Thankfully the storylines couldn’t be more different. While The Nanny hooked me from the start and I couldn’t put it down, there were times where I did feel the story dragged a bit. The pacing was just a touch off for me. While I figured out what must have happened fairly early on, I was eager for the “why” to be revealed. I really enjoyed the two perspectives of Jo and her mother and thought the author did a great job of writing those view points convincingly and showing how easily family rifts can happen and how the perspectives of these situations can vary so greatly. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will recommend to others.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked 4 out of 5 stars I was hooked from the very first sentence! I have heard so many amazing things about Gilly's writing. Personally this was my first read by her. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will for sure be check out more of her work in the near future. Gilly had a fascinating concept, executed it perfectly and brought it to life. Both the plot and character growth was brilliant throughout. Gilly knows exactly how to set an eerie vibe while keeping the characters completely relate-able. The moment I figured I knew exactly what was happening and who was to blame there was a shift causing me to question all of my original thoughts. I found The Nanny extremely consumable, itching to know who the criminal was. Now you may be wondering how I could love it so much but only have given it a 4 out of 5 stars. The Nanny was written from multiple perspectives and although I love reading novels written in this form. Moments within someones story line it would jump back and forth between the current time and the past, with a choppy transition. Not wanting to be confused, this caused me to go back and re-read a few times. Or I would keep reading in hopes that things would start to piece together, which of course it did and I was not disappointed. A psychological thriller at its best! Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada for sending this arc my way for review. The Nanny is set to release September 10, 2019. Mark your calendars, this is one you won't want to miss out on. And of course thank you all for reading. Your Clever Book Worm -Nichole
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring Thought is was supposed to be a thriller/suspenseful and I found that it dragged on and on. Wasn't very impressed. Short read!
Date published: 2018-08-29

Editorial Reviews

“A gripping look at grief, friendship, and class divides. Macmillan excels at getting into the minds of terrified, brokenhearted parents… this mix of police procedural and thriller will satisfy fans of the author’s previous work as well as those looking for something after Tana French.”