The nanny A novel

Gilly Macmillan

Book - 2019

Growing up blaming her mother after the mysterious disappearance of her beloved nanny, an embittered woman is forced to return home decades later when the discovery of human remains forces her to question everything she thought she knew.

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Psychological fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
384 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062875556
0062875558
Main Author
Gilly Macmillan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* When your nanny is getting too close to your daughter (not to mention your husband), perhaps it's time to get rid of her, permanently. At the bottom of a lake will do nicely, won't it? And that's precisely what Virginia (ahem, Lady Virginia) does when nanny Hannah becomes a problem. Some 30 years later, after the death of Virginia's husband, her daughter, Jo, shows up back at the crumbling family estate with her own child in tow. And—surprise, surprise—not long after the pair arrive, so does Hannah. Or does she? Because they just fished the skeletal remains of a young woman out of the lake. Virginia isn't sure if she's going mad, or if someone's playing a cruel joke on her. Using a smooth mix of flashbacks and alternate points of view (readers get to hear from Jo, Virginia, and Hannah in equal turns, as well as from the detective trying to get to the bottom of the decades-old murder case), Macmillan fills this story with unreliable characters and red herrings. There are also delicious British suspense tropes on display: rural resentment of the local rich people, closets full of skeletons, shady business dealings, false memories, fake identities. Who could ask for more? Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* When your nanny is getting too close to your daughter (not to mention your husband), perhaps it's time to get rid of her, permanently. At the bottom of a lake will do nicely, won't it? And that's precisely what Virginia (ahem, Lady Virginia) does when nanny Hannah becomes a problem. Some 30 years later, after the death of Virginia's husband, her daughter, Jo, shows up back at the crumbling family estate with her own child in tow. And—surprise, surprise—not long after the pair arrive, so does Hannah. Or does she? Because they just fished the skeletal remains of a young woman out of the lake. Virginia isn't sure if she's going mad, or if someone's playing a cruel joke on her. Using a smooth mix of flashbacks and alternate points of view (readers get to hear from Jo, Virginia, and Hannah in equal turns, as well as from the detective trying to get to the bottom of the decades-old murder case), Macmillan fills this story with unreliable characters and red herrings. There are also delicious British suspense tropes on display: rural resentment of the local rich people, closets full of skeletons, shady business dealings, false memories, fake identities. Who could ask for more? Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In 1988, seven-year-old Hannah was shattered by the abrupt departure of her nanny and, when she comes of age, bitterly abandons her parents and their ancestral digs. Years later, as she is trying to mend her relationship with her mother, the discovery of human remains and a disturbing visit set the past spinning again. With a 125,000-copy first printing; from the best-selling author of What She Knew. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

One morning in 1987, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt, the heroine of this devastating psychological thriller from bestseller Macmillan (I Know You Know), wakes up in Lake Hall, her family's English mansion, to find her beloved nanny, Hannah Burgess, gone. Strangely, Jo's aristocratic parents find nothing sinister about Hannah's disappearance. Years later, Jo, who deeply resents her emotionally distant mother, moves to California, where she falls in love with Chris, with whom she has a daughter, Ruby. Jo never forgets Hannah, and when Chris dies suddenly, Jo returns to Lake Hall with Ruby. The girl enrolls in primary school while Jo reacclimatizes herself to the British culture. One day, the two of them are relaxing on the shore of the lake when they find a human skull. The police come to investigate. Does the skull belong to Hannah? Are the Holt parents implicated in her death? Macmillan expertly ratchets up the tension as long-held secrets come to light. Readers will have a tough time putting this one down. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1987, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Thirty years later, returning to the house, and forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother, Hannah is present when human remains are uncovered in a lake on the estate. 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. -- adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Growing up blaming her mother after the mysterious disappearance of her beloved nanny, an embittered woman is forced to return home decades later when the discovery of human remains forces her to question everything she thought she knew.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Leaving her home after the mysterious disappearance of her beloved nanny, an embittered woman is forced to return decades later when the discovery of human remains forces her to question everything she thought she knew. 125,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'Dark, twisty and full of characters you'll love to hate, The Nanny is the perfect read for a chilly winter's night.' ' Ruth Ware, New York Times Bestselling Author 'The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong.' ' Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling authorThe 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'Dark, twisty and full of characters you'll love to hate, The Nanny is the perfect read for a chilly winter's night.' ' Ruth Ware, New York Times Bestselling Author 'The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong.' ' Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling authorThe 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.