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The Perfect Nanny

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family's beautiful apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau....

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The Perfect Nanny Reviews

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]


    I still have chills days after finishing THE PERFECT NANNY. I’ve skipped over this novel many times thinking it would be the old “hand that rocks the cradle” plot. I could not have been more wrong. This unusual book got under my skin in the quietest, creepiest way possible and it deserves nothing less than 5 stars.

    The story opens with a brief graphic scene of violence depicting the death of two young children at the hands of their nanny. I almost put down the book, I was afraid it wou

  • Issicratea

    Flavour-of-the-month novels, especially thrillerish ones, are often a “fast food” experience for me; I read them to satisfy a passing craving, but I lose interest after the first couple of bites.

    I felt that about the best-selling, much-touted Lullaby. It’s a Gone Girl-type domestic psychokiller novel, but I didn’t actually think it was as good as Gone Girl, Prix Goncourt or no Prix Goncourt. Leïla Slimani’s prose may sing in French, but it’s only serviceable in the English translation I read. T

  • Book of Secrets

    3.5 Stars → Ugh, from the very beginning, this book was chilling. Unsettling. It's not a typical thriller, more character-driven, maybe a character study of sorts. None of the characters were likable, but they were fascinating.

    A young Parisian couple, Myriam and Paul, hire Louise as a nanny for their two small children. With a good reference from her previous employer, and being somewhat desperate to find childcare, they quickly welcome Louise into their lives. Oh, dear. Louise seems perfect on

  • Abby (Crime by the Book)

    Find my full review here:

    This is a smart, sophisticated French suspense novel that captivated me from first page to last. This is not your ordinary thriller - this book begins with a shocking event, but then backpedals - it really doesn’t involve many “shocking” events (aside from that opener), relying instead on subtle tension and smart plotting.

  • Claudia

    Demaskierung der Perfektion und der Gesellschaft

    Das Psychogramm einer psychisch kranken Frau wird hier peu á peu offen gelegt.

    Myriam möchte nach der Geburt des 2. Kindes wieder arbeiten gehen und sucht deshalb gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann Paul ein geeignetes Kindermädchen. In Louise scheinen sie eine wundervolle Perle gefunden zu haben. Sie bewältigt schlichtweg alles in der Kindererziehung und im Haushalt. Immer mit einem Lächeln auf dem Gesicht.

    Louise geht es nicht gut. Sie lebt in einem schäbige

  • Meike

    No wonder Slimani hit a nerve and won the Prix Goncourt with this book: She touches on some very inconvenient truths and common societal problems that seem extremely hard to resolve. "Lullaby" talks about gender roles, modern servants, the class system, marital rivalry, and loneliness (and not in the cutesie Eleanor Oliphant kind-of-way) in modern France. It does not come as a surprise that French President Emmanuel Macron chose Slimani as his personal representative for the promotion of French ...more

  • Elyse

    I was curious about this book....winner of the Goncourt Prize since last year. But not enough to pay for it.

    I waited - patiently- for my library-ebook turn.

    Long waitlist.

    I actually like the book cover. It’s eye-catching. I use to wear Peter Pan collars - AS A CHILD....

    But if a nanny showed up for an interview dressed in one to watch my eyebrows would raise.

    What I didn’t know — is that this story was based on a true story. This is new information to me....which makes this book all th

  • Emer

    I only recently heard of Leïla Slimani when French president Emmanuel Macron gave her the position of Francophone affairs minister. The Morocco-born author won the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary award for her second novel, Chanson douce, which has just now been translated into English and given the title Lullaby. It is known as The Perfect Nanny in the USA.

    So I had to read this novel for myself and find out if I could believe the hype.... And I'm pleased to say that this absolutely lives up

    "In that room she lost all notion of time. She felt lost, crazed. The whole world had forgotten her. She would sleep for hours and wake up swollen-eyed, her head aching, despite the cold that seethed through the room. She only went out when she absolutely had to, when her hunger became too painful to ignore. She walked in the street as if it were cinema set and she were not there, and invisible spectator to the movements of mankind. Everyone seemed to have somewhere to go."