The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan @GillyMacmillan @penguinrandom #CornerstoneDigital #BlogReview #ThrillerSuspense #NetGalley




‘With its buried secrets, shifting allegiances, and creeping sense of dread, The Nanny pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion. I absolutely loved it!’ SHARI LAPENA

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.


The Nanny: Can you trust her with your child?


Returning to her childhood home wasn’t an easy decision for Jo but after her husband dies she is left with no real choice for herself and her daughter. Back in 1987, Hannah Burgess had been employed as Jo’s full-time nanny until one night she disappeared. Jo had never got over the fact that she didn’t say goodbye, with the gap widening more between her and her mother and it had grown even colder between them as time went on. Jo and her daughter find a skull in the lake so the police are called. It seems that the case of the disappearing nanny may be solved until a knock at the door proves everyone wrong.

Oh my, this is one mighty read, with some very distinctive characters from the start. Lady Holt is quite a regal figure who still manages to look the part of a wealthy woman but she is failing in health and wealth and seeing Hannah has certainly knocked the stuffing out of her. Hannah stills seems to have command over Jo.

The story drops back in time with both Hannah and Lady Holt in this multi-layered serving of deceit from both of them, while in present-day Hannah is making her mark on the third generation of the family.  This is one of those stories that made everything around me disappear as I was so engrossed in the story, unable to take my eyes off these characters for a minute. My opinions on the characters changing constantly the further I read. Brilliant conclusion.

This is a top class read that won’t leave you alone even after you finish reading it. I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.



Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling author of WHAT SHE KNEW (previously published as BURNT PAPER SKY in some territories), THE PERFECT GIRL, ODD CHILD OUT & I KNOW YOU KNOW. THE NANNY is out in 2019.

Gilly is Edgar Award-nominated and an ITW award finalist. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.

She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Gilly lives in Bristol, UK with her family and writes full time. She’s currently working on her sixth novel.


Twitter: @GillyMacmillan


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