Welcome to my stop on the The Nanny blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
Jo was seven years old when her nanny, Hannah, left years ago. The loss disconnected her, and as soon as she could, she left her family and those memories at Lake Hall behind.
Over thirty years later, Jo is back at Lake Hall where she has to face her mother. At the same time, human remains are found in a lake on the property and what could that mean?
This is immediately followed by a visitor showing up and tearing Jo’s world apart all over again. Her mission becomes finding out just who her nanny really was and why she would have left.
So many secrets. So many lies. Darkness. Spite. The truth inevitably hurts.
I’ve read a few of Macmillan’s books and enjoyed them, but this is definitely her best. The pacing never lags and page after page had me compelled over this mysterious nanny. The family is so dynamic and dysfunctional, it’s like watching a train wreck.
Overall, I needn’t worry about putting this one down because I never did. It was compulsively readable and addictive.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
â€¢ Hardcover: 400 pages
â€¢ Publisher: William Morrow (September 10, 2019)
“The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillanâ€™s breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong.” â€” Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
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 Joâ€™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 youâ€™d rather hear the lie.
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About Gilly Macmillan
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, and The Nanny. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.