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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#ATBR2019 The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan @tlcbooktours @jessmapreviews

The Nanny 
by Gilly Macmillan

Thank you William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for this copy.

Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: September 10, 2019
400 pages
Genres: Suspense, Thriller

Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother.
When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss.
How could she vanish without saying goodbye?

Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren’t what they seemed.

What secrets was her nanny hiding – and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her?

Sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

My Review:

Gilly Macmillan is the author who writes these suspenseful slow burn novels that I always, absolutely, MUST read.  I'm always entranced with the story line... and then I get to the end.  Every time I end a book of hers, I think, "Huh, well that was a good story."  Close the book and that's about it.  I'm not fully satisfied.  I'm not wowed. But I'm ALWAYS asking questions.

For The Nanny - I was entranced with this read from the very beginning.  While still a slow burn, I felt the pacing was faster than the other two books of hers that I've read.  I was mesmerized and intrigued with all these characters I was loving to hate.  But then, again, I reached the end and did the same thing.... good story.. but I have questions.  So, ok. THAT happened and this is how it ends.. but what about this, THIS and THAT? 

Now, I consider a 3 star rating still a good rating and I still did enjoy this book. I just needed a fuller ending.  Did anyone else have questions at the end? Personally, I think it's usually a good thing to want to know more.  *shrug*

What I do know is that I'll continue to pick up Macmillan because I am enthralled with the stories she brings.  If you like that slow burn with some unlikeable characters, this is probably right in your wheelhouse. 


Jessica's Review:

This was my second outing with Macmillan and really enjoyed her writing in ODD CHILD OUT. I was excited for another great thriller and couldn’t wait to start. I will say that the synopsis definitely gives you everything you need to know about the book. Not too many twists will be thrown at you outside of the information you’re already given. Did that ruin the reading experience for me? Not at all! Despite being 400 pages, this one did move quickly but took me a little longer to finish than I anticipated. There seemed to be a lot of information that could have been omitted and we still would have gotten the same suspense and mystery!
I liked the premise of the book, a nanny leaves without a trace and without warning, leaving seven-year-old Jocelyn heartbroken. Fast forward a few decades, Jo and her daughter, Ruby, return to her childhood home in need of help from her mother. Despite the relationship not being the best between them, Jo and Ruby begin to settle into their new surroundings. That all changes when human remains are found on the property and an unexpected visitor returns. Who can Jo trust? What happened all those years ago?
This was predictable and didn’t really stand out compared to other thrillers out lately. However, I do enjoy how Macmillan tells a story. I liked her writing in her previous book I picked up and I think I will continue to pick up books from her in the future.
3.5 stars

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