'Haunting, evocative and atmospheric' Charlotte Duckworth
'You won't be able to put this book down' Emily Freud
'An accomplished thriller debut' Vogue US
You let her in. Now she won't let you go.
Sue Keller is lost. When her father dies suddenly, she's orphaned in her mid-twenties, her mother having died long ago. Then Sue meets Annie. It's been twenty years, but Annie could never forget that face. She was Sue's live-in nanny at their big house upstate, and she loved Sue like she was her own.
Craving comfort and connection, Sue is only too eager to welcome Annie back into her life. But as they grow close once more, Sue begins to uncover the truth about Annie's unsettling time in the Keller household all those years ago, and the dark secrets that bind these women together.
Split between upstate New York in the nineties and present-day Manhattan, Nanny Dearest is a darkly addictive psychological thriller of power, privilege, secrets and obsession, which will keep readers turning the pages right up to the shocking end.
'Powerful, haunting' Miranda Smith
'A tightly woven thriller' Town & Country US
At the start of Collins's well-crafted debut, 25-year-old Sue Keller, who's been struggling with depression since her father's death in a car accident the year before, doesn't recognize Anneliese Whittaker, her childhood nanny, when the two bump into each other on Manhattan's Lower East Side. At parting, Anneliese says she'd love to see more of Sue. Sue takes comfort in reconnecting with Anneliese, with whom she bonded after her mother died of cancer when she was three. However, as Sue comes to rely on Anneliese, who has two current charges, to pull her out of her depression, she can't ignore her increasing suspicion about how Anneliese is treating the two children. When Sue at last uncovers genuinely criminal behavior, she returns to her childhood home to discover the truth about Anneliese's relationship with the Keller family and the circumstances of Anneliese's abrupt termination. Anneliese follows, and a horrifying confrontation predictably ensues. Much of this is familiar, but Collins does a good job building suspense by shifting between Sue's present-day narration and Anneliese's experiences back in 1996. Psychological thrillers fans won't be disappointed. Agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management.