*One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review*
“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.
The #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, by the author of Adèle
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This gripping suspense novel is loosely based on the real-life case of Yoselyn Ortega, a Manhattan nanny charged with killing two young children under her care. Leïla Slimani won France’s most prestigious literary prize for this chilling story, which explores parenting and class privilege via the interactions of a professional Parisian couple and their seemingly flawless employee: Louise, an obsessive woman with a troubled history. Slimani’s novel is seriously creepy and very well written.
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The Perfect Nanny
Having been a NY professional who hired a nanny to care for our newborn through the age of 2, I appreciated everything about this novel. The author presents the social issues judiciously, which may explain the low star reviews. The Perfect Nanny isn’t the salacious read most expect from this genre imo. It isn’t a good fit for someone looking for a graphic true crime, villain gets what she deserves type of story. I found it a compelling read and had no issues with the ending. The social issues that led to the tragedy were perfectly executed. That’s the story.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending
I really liked this book, just wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. I wish there was more of an explanation... being vague to avoid spoilers
Terrible waste of time. No plot twist, everything on page one tells you everything about the book. Worst book I’ve read.