The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

I have to admit, I am usually a little skeptical when a thriller is getting a lot of press because I have been burned too many times before.  But The Perfect Nanny was showing up on so many lists and there was a galley taunting me in the back so I decided to give it a try.  I finished it in less than 24 hours and it only took that long because I had to go to sleep and work.  Otherwise I don’t think I would have moved until I had finished it.

This book is more of a character study than a stereotypical thriller, which is why I think it worked for me.  There isn’t anything surprising that happens, really.  You are told on the first couple of pages what happens and the rest of the book goes back in time.  Even though I knew what was going to happen, I kept hoping that something might change.  The mystery and intrigue was happening more in my own head than in the actual book.

Slimani has created such interesting characters.  They all felt so incredibly real and it hurt my heart knowing what was going to happen to them.  There is something insanely fascinating in watching a person completely fall apart and Slimani shows us that like a wizard.  If you are looking for a lot of action and intrigue, this isn’t the book for you.  But if you want a well written book with great characters, you need to read this.

4-stars

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