Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Nanny

Book: The Nanny
Author: Gilly MacMillan

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.-Goodreads

Review: When your nanny disappears when you are a young child without a word and then miraculously shows up again 30 years later, what do you do? Keep in mind your child and mother, who yes, granted you are not close with, tell you they are not comfortable around this woman? If you are like Jo, one of the most annoying main characters I've had the pleasure of reading in awhile, you invite this stranger into your home, hire her to be a nanny and give her keys to your house. 

As you may have gathered, I could not stand Jo. I wanted to toss my Kindle against the wall with her constant whining and poor decision making. Alas, we needed Jo to make these bad decisions to further the plot. Told in 3 narratives, we follow the nanny from the past (she's evil but a fun to read evil), Virginia (I liked her) and Jo (did not like her). While I was frustrated with Jo throughout the book, I enjoyed the other main characters. I was expecting a more exciting finale but overall I liked it. 

Grade: 3/5

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