The Perfect Nanny - Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny

By Leïla Slimani

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 212 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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

*National Bestseller*

“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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Latest Impressions

  • The perfect nanny

    By d!s!70
    This book had no ending it stopped mid story no conclusion what so ever an epic waste of money. Absolutely no cohesion between majority of book and last two chapters
  • Anticlimactic

    By Crazycardfan
    Spoiler alert- The book leads up to the “event” but never reveals what happened or why. Snooze...
  • The Perfect Nanny

    By Readingbythesea
    Not a bad story, would not recommend, I guess I wanted to know what the nanny was thinking would happen with children gone!
  • Unique Thriller

    By Dr.Mrs.Afi
    This novel was eery from the first pages, engrossing, and heartbreaking. The nanny is at once loathsome and loving. How? That’s the power of this uber-talented novelist. I did not want this fast-paced story to end.
  • Enthralling Read!

    By Bestjess84
    Very resonant of the NYC nanny murder. So sad to read while knowing where it ends.
  • Waste of time

    By Mommyd1234abdc
    This whole story was so drawn out with pointless details and stories. Very disappointing
  • Lost in translation

    By lovenews
    Apparently this version was translated from the original French version. It shows. But not the fault of the author. Compelling story. Do we ever really know the "strangers" in our daily lives? 😳
  • Kept waiting for more

    By BPF72
    The book kept my interest but I kept waiting for more insight into the characters and then it just ended. Bought the paperback for my mom yesterday but will return it.
  • Cassel

    By plutop
    400 pages for a novel... way to abrupt an ending. I felt cheated. Good read but disappointed at whoever edited this book from original!