The Nanny

The Nanny

The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

Title:The Nanny
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062875570
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    The Nanny Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    What a surprising, slow-burn thriller with unlikable but somehow appreciable characters (if you handle a little batshit craziness and sociopathic tendencies, they were all right!), gripping reading ma...

  • Lala BooksandLala

    This was one of the least mysterious mysteries I've ever read. Usually Gilly Macmillan really does it for me, oh well- maybe her next one!...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health

    Slow-burn, upsetting, & deceptively appealing!I fell in love with Gilly Macmillan and her books after reading WHAT SHE KNEW and since have subsequently read or have snatched myself up all of her other...

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    If you enjoy a mystery involving family secrets where nothing is quite as it seems, The Nanny is definitely for you. Told in alternating points of view, The Nanny tells the tale of Jocelyn Holt as she...

  • Sumit RK

    Nannies make great characters in fiction because they’re outsiders who’ve been invited into the heart of a family. If the word Nanny reminds you of Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee or even Fran Drescher...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Jo was seven years old when her nanny, Hannah, left years ago. The loss disconnected her, and as soon as she could, she left her family and those memories at Lake Hall behind.Over thirty years later, ...

  • sue

    I’ve been reading this on and off from last night. I read the bulk of this book until dawn. I finished the rest over breakfast and lunch.The book was glued to my hands, I really had a job putting i...

  • Diane S ?

    2.5 I made the decision at the end of last year to for go many of the psychological thrillers being written. I connected to do few of them and they were all blending together in my head. So, this is o...

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book started out well and won my attention when all of the characters are introduced. I liked that each of the characters possesses his/her own unique personalities. I smiled at Detective Andy's ...

  • Holly  B

    3.25 STARSIt was okay! I enjoyed some parts quite a bit and others were way far-fetched. The audio version made it more enjoyable.Pretty standard, but the nanny certainly added some creepiness. What i...