But in what black lake, in what deep forest has she found these cruel tales where the heroes die at the end, after first saving the world?
This started out so so good, and then petered out. I do get that it's more a character study than a thriller and I did appreciate the tension resonating from the book. It totally makes you think twice about leaving your kids with just anybody. But the ending lacked resolution for me.
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I found the writing a bit stilted. This is a translation, so that could be the culprit. I didn‘t like any of the characters. I was actually waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars, but the end pulled it down without a doubt. It didn‘t completely seem to finish, or if it did, I didn‘t get it. Now, from my review, even 3.5 might seem a bit high rating, but I was interested to find out what happened (sadly, the end let me down).
A nanny is accused of killing two of her charges. Through a variety of voices, this novel traces how we got to this point.
The telling is disjointed, we hear from the perspective of too many different characters (too much breadth, not enough depth), and the motives and hangups are cliched. But I like that the novel explores the friction of the employer/employee relationship in the case of childcare and similarly intimate professions.
I read this for a book club, excited that it was something different than my usual go-to genres, and was so taken in by the journey that I didn‘t even show up to the discussion, not wanting to sully the purity of my experience! The subtle dread that gradually builds was done perfectly, and this was my gateway book to the horror genre, which I never knew I‘d enjoy to this extent. A good book to read on long transits in my opinion.
What‘s a book that has continued to get way from you? You‘ve wanted to read it forever, and maybe you even have it sitting on your shelf... but for one reason or another you haven‘t sat down and read it yet....
For me, this book is Lullaby. I‘ve wanted to read it for SO long, and I‘ve even had it for close to a year, and yet it always fall through my fingertips when I go to read it.ð #SummersEndReadathon is going to change that! I am determined!
This is the UK version but in the US it‘s The Perfect Nanny, only she‘s really not....
*Although now known for writing many of his lyrics based around his home base of Framlingham, Suffolk, Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1991*
#AyUpAugust this book is also called the #Perfect Nanny. It is very well written, chilling & unnerving. I have Adele by this author on kindle , but I‘m reluctant to start it. Lullaby was good , but unsettling.
Physical books for my #24B4Monday list. There‘s no way I‘ll be reading 3 physical books, 1 Ebook, and 9 audiobooks... but I like to have options. ð¤·ð»ââï¸
« Louise attend. Elle les regard comme on étudie l‘agonie du poisson à peine pêché, les ouïes en sang, le corps secoué de convulsions... Qui n‘a aucune chance de s‘en sortir. »
âLouise waited. She watched [the children] as one studies the agony of a fish that has just been caught, bloody gills, body shaking with convulsions... Who has no chance of escape.â
Happy to have some free time to read/relax. Even if it‘s NOT a relaxing story ??â ï¸?
Myriam finds a nanny for her children, but as the woman she hires becomes closer with the family, something starts to seem weird ... ððªð
French thriller released in 2016 that received high praises in France and around the world. I‘m refreshing on the language by listening to the audio book in French, but the book is available in English (audio and print) as well, under two titles: Lullaby or The Perfect Nanny.
So, I‘ve been wanting to read this Prix Goncourt winner but because of its less than stellar reviews, I‘ve been hesitant to buy a copy. Library to the rescue!
Female-driven psychological thriller, this book gave me all sorts of anxiety. Not only anxiety about the oncoming murder (not a spoiler), but anxiety about becoming a parent, about being lonely and frozen in that fear. There is so great tension and build-up in the book, so I was pretty disappointed with the ending. Really wished it was from a different POV.
Caregiving has a hidden, destructive power. The best mothers and nannies surrender themselves entirely, taking the biggest hits -- to their lives and dreams -- to protect their young. Louise has spent her years slowly offering pieces of herself. When the nanny is finally reduced to nothing, she unleashes her buried fury to do the unthinkable. At the book's conclusion, though, I was left asking the same question I had at the beginning: Why?
Wait, can‘t believe I haven‘t posted this one yet! Gotten a LOT of reading done this summer and so far this is at the top of the list: tensely plotted, lyrically stunning, emotionally complicated, and one of the most stirring books I‘ve ever had the pleasure of encountering. an A+ literary thriller.
It could have been excellent had it offered that bit more character depth. It felt a bit shallow and for such an extreme crime I didn‘t feel involved much emotionally. It is marketed as a thriller and page-turner and in that regard it hits the mark. However, as it‘s based on a true story I wanted more. âï¸âï¸
London bound so have two hours reading time ð not sure what to make of this yet. I‘m intrigued but it‘s not completely gripping me.
Based on a true story of a nanny who murdered the two children in her care (transposed from Manhattan to Paris) it's a sort of "whydunnit" since we know from the first page where it's all leading up to. A smooth, creepy, page-turning read which contains interesting insights into the modern class divides. My main issue is with the rather disappointing ending which fails to really answer the "why" question to my satisfaction.
Finished this book yesterday! So yes, it has the eerie story about a nanny that murders the children she is caring for (not a spoiler, revealed in the prologue to set up the book), it also contains a multitude of existential reflections about what it is to be a parent, a spouse, or even a progressive who ultimately becomes an employer of a nanny. I guess I‘m saying that the chapters about the parents were more compelling than those about the nanny
Hey all! It‘s Saturday night and I‘m reading The Perfect Nanny and sipping some wine. Looking for some good book chat, so if you have anything on your mind about books or reading at all (or even a non-spoilerly opinion of The Perfect Nanny), I‘d love to hear it!
#WanderingJune Not sure why but my mind went to this dark, psychological character study. Written by French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani, this story is inspired by true events of the NY nanny's killing of the Krim children.The French edition has a different title & won the Prix Goncourt in 2016. It‘s emotionally gripping as the story is told after the murder has already occurred. #FrenchKissingInTheUSA #BookClubWorthy
A disturbing, on-the-edge-of-sanity read. I got this about a year ago & put it on the shelf wondering if it was really for me or a foolish impulse buy. Turns out it‘s a serious unnerving, intelligent book. I couldn‘t put it down .... scary stuff. We never know what might be waiting for us on our shelves... this one threw me !
So, this book...I guess I can see why everyone thinks it‘s so good. Louise is the nanny to Myriam and Paul‘s two young children in Paris. She plays games, cooks amazing meals, keeps the apartment spotless, but there is also something...off ...about her. Not in the same way as if this had been written as a North American thriller, though. (If that makes sense.) This slim novel is going for something more and it was just okay for me.
The Perfect Nanny was marketed as a thriller, but it read more like a character study. From the opening chapter, we know what crime was committed and who committed it, so we spend the rest of the book trying to figure out why and how it happened. This book had so much potential, but it lacked tension and anything interesting to keep me engaged. I was going to DNF, but I decided to find out what happensâ¦ then I got to the end, and NOTHING HAPPENS.
I was curious about this book as it did so well I'm France but has terrible reviews on Litsy and on Goodreads. I wondered if it was a translation issue or a cultural gap. Anyway, I thought it was really good. I mean it's not a thriller in the traditional sense, but I thought it was a well-done exploration of psychology.
The Perfect Nanny started out with a gripping prologue, of sorts. The first half of the book I flew through. Then I felt the story started to lose momentum and become long and drawn out. It was a relatively quick read but the end was a disappointment.
Might have given this a so-so if I reviewed it as soon as finished. Seemed over-simplified. It starts out with the murder-suicide of a nanny‘s two young charges. And then the rest attempts to answer: why? Which it only sort of does. But now with some distance I see that the questions are what stayed with me. It is set in Paris, and these questions have to do with class, immigrants, motherhood and regret. It is a quick read.
This is a great read. I really enjoyed the narrative structure - you know how it's going to end from the opening chapter, but that only adds to the tension.
I also liked the writing, although some parts were a bit clunky or repetitive. I'm not sure if that's due to the translation though.
I would recommend this to those who like Liane Moriarty style stories, although I liked this better than anything I've read by Moriarty.