The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Holy family drama batman! This is definitely one of this books that slowy, and sneakily creeps under your skin and settles itself in your bones.

You get lost in the mysterious old estate and feel the coldness of the stone walls and dark corridors.

You ache for the child who lives there that wishes her parents paid more attention to her, and slowly stew and brew feelings of hatred towards a mother who is bitter and unloving. ⁣

But thank goodness for the sweet, wonderful, caring nanny right?! ⁣


Jocelyn’s husband has unexpectedly died and she is forced to return home to England with her daughter Ruby. The only problem? She hates it there. She despises her mother. But she’s got no money, and no other options.

She remembers a life of love in her early years, but the love didn’t come from her parents. It was all about Hannah, her beloved nanny – but who also just disappeared one day when she was 7. No explanation at all. ⁣

⁣When a skeleton turns up in the lake on the grounds just after they arrive, so many questions arise and lies start to slowly become unburied as well. ⁣

It’s quite the cleverly, crafted tale by Gilly Macmillan. The characters are all quite interesting in their own ways, but holy heck did I want to shake them and scream at some pretty poor decisions!

I did find myself guessing at several of the twists, so they’re not quite shocking or in your face as I typically crave – but I couldn’t put the book down, so clearly it was holding all my interest!⁣

Definitely an entertaining read with a captivating mystery!⁣

Thank you to TLC Book Tours {partner} William Morrow Books and Gilly Macmillan for this creepy and enjoyable read!

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062875558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062875556


About the Book:

The Nanny coverWhen 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.

About the Author:

GillyGilly Macmillan is the Edgar nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She KnewThe Perfect GirlOdd Child OutI Know You Know, and The Nanny. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

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