The Nanny

The Nanny follows Jocelyn, a young single mother forced to move home to her family’s English estate, Lake Hall, after the sudden death of her husband. When Jocelyn’s daughter Ruby finds a human skull while kayaking on the lake, Jocelyn comes to wonder if it belonged to her beloved former nanny, Hannah, who disappeared when Jocelyn was a child. Out of nowhere, Hannah reappears at Lake Hall. Jocelyn is overjoyed to have Hannah back in her life, but Jocelyn’s mother Virginia, and daughter Ruby are hesitant to trust this stranger who has showed up in their lives.

Told from three different perspectives, I wasn’t sure who to trust at any given moment. Instinctively I wanted to trust Jo, the main character, but it was obvious from the beginning that she didn’t know the entire truth. Hannah, the Nanny, gave me hardcore chills. There’s something so quietly sinister about the way she’s depicted. You just know she’s not telling the whole truth.

I loved the style of this book. Written in short, brief chapters, jumping back and forth from the past to the present, and from perspective to perspective, it quietly left you questioning what you really knew. Before the Nanny, I had never read anything by Gilly Macmillan, but it will definitely not be the last.

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