Book Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan


Title: The Nanny

Author: Gilly Macmillan

Publication Date: May 1, 2019

Number of Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Century

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother – until the night that the nanny disappears. Jo is seven years old when it happens and never gets over the loss.

Now, thirty years later, Jo is returning to her family home with her daughter in tow – just as human remains are pulled out of the house’s lake.

Then there’s a knock on the door. And a woman claiming to be her nanny stands outside.

Is she who she says she is?
Can she be trusted?
And what really happened on that fateful night all those years ago?

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

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

My second read this month is The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan. This is the first time I’ve read a book from this author and, I swear, it did not disappoint. In this novel, we follow Jocelyn as she is forced to come back to her hometown with her daughter, Ruby. She doesn’t have the greatest history with her mom and it pains her to have to return to the place she spent her whole life running away from.

This is a murder mystery-esque novel that focuses on Lake Hall, the manor that is owned by Jocelyn’s parents. It also has a lot of art references! I had a really great time reading this book as it has had me hooked from start to finish. The characters were a bit unlikeable, but you’ll understand why they are the way they are as the book progresses. I liked how the book has shown its readers how much a parent would go to protect their child — even if it means breaking everything apart.

Deceptive, compelling, and mysterious. I strongly recommend this and its audiobook as I enjoyed it very much.


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