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One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review

The national bestseller by the author of Adèle, Sex and Lies, and In the Country of Others

“A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

“A book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“One of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.
When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 9
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Clfx83 ,

Great, but not for everyone

The book is slow-paced, and sometimes a difficult read. You have to be able to embody the character and notice the minute details which give away some of the chilling thoughts. People complain about the end but I actually think it pieced it together nicely, it’s just not your average ending and not for those used to reading novels where everything has a proper explanation. This book imitates reality, in which we do not always have all the pieces to understand why things happen.

shay1014 ,

The Perfect Nanny

Great read but ending sucked, it’s like all that for nothing in the end

Eva Palomares ,

The perfect nanny

Excellent! Novela adictiva. Contada en tercera persona. Me hubiera gustado saber más, qué pasa después con los padres? Sin embargo, siempre hay un final.

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