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.

The Nanny Details

TitleThe Nanny
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062875570
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

The Nanny Review

  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    The nanny in this novel is not quite the Mary Poppins figure that usually springs to mind when nannies are mentioned, but a more devious, scheming person looking out for number one. In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord and Lady Holt, looking after their 7 year old Jocelyn until one morning Jocelyn wakes up to find Hannah gone with no explanation. Now 30 years later, Jocelyn (or Jo as she now calls herself) and her young daughter are forced back to live with her estranged and bitter The nanny in this novel is not quite the Mary Poppins figure that usually springs to mind when nannies are mentioned, but a more devious, scheming person looking out for number one. In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord and Lady Holt, looking after their 7 year old Jocelyn until one morning Jocelyn wakes up to find Hannah gone with no explanation. Now 30 years later, Jocelyn (or Jo as she now calls herself) and her young daughter are forced back to live with her estranged and bitter widowed mother on the family estate after Jo's husband dies suddenly leaving her in a dire financial position. Jocelyn begins to question what happened to her nanny and what role her parents may have played in her disappearance. This psychological thriller is a little slow to wind up, but it does eventually lay out a web of lies and deceptions meant to beguile Jo into trusting the nanny and suspecting her mother's motives. Neither Lady Holt nor the nanny are very likeable characters, although Jo does seem just a tad too naive and gullible to always side with the nanny, especially when her own daughter's safety is at risk. 3.5★With thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a digital ARC to read
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  • sue
    January 1, 1970
    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 it down.I love a dysfunctional family, and we certainly have one in the story, I loved the “rich class higher archly “ in this too. “We have servants”. The Nanny is a class pounding thriller that I loved. Plenty to get your teeth into.Highly recommend
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting ‘sonething’ from this book but in fact got a very different book to what I had imaginedThe Holts are titled and noble folk and even though it is just Lady Holt now in the big manor house she keeps appearances and customs as they always have been, stiff upper lip, straight backed and aloof and still employs ‘staff’ ( I adored her in all her entitled luxury ).....’Jo’ her daughter has arrived after a tragedy and is now also penniless, with her is her daughter, she has lived in Amer I was expecting ‘sonething’ from this book but in fact got a very different book to what I had imaginedThe Holts are titled and noble folk and even though it is just Lady Holt now in the big manor house she keeps appearances and customs as they always have been, stiff upper lip, straight backed and aloof and still employs ‘staff’ ( I adored her in all her entitled luxury ).....’Jo’ her daughter has arrived after a tragedy and is now also penniless, with her is her daughter, she has lived in America for years and is now back as has nowhere to else to go, the tension between mother and daughter and their different ‘take on life’ is wonderful....but under all this is the secret and the mystery of ‘The Nanny’, Jo’s Nanny, who disappeared one night, never to be spoke of again, and nor could she be,afterall she is dead as Lady Holt knows......imagine then her surprise when she turns up at their home....The story continues from there as secret upon secret within secrets make a really good and dark story, ofcourse with twists and turns and all manner of things you expect in a book like this but told in a complete and organised fashionPolished! Thats what I would say, an experienced author telling a very interesting and scarily credible storyVery much enjoyed 9/10 5 Stars
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan was a slow burn of a story but absolutely worth sticking with. The details are very cleverly revealed through the alternating points of view and times. The characters in this book are not particularly likeable and some are just evil - and don't we love that! Once I got into this book I really did have a hard time putting it down. The writing creates a very vivid picture of Lake Hall and the village and you feel as if you are there when reading it. An ending that I di The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan was a slow burn of a story but absolutely worth sticking with. The details are very cleverly revealed through the alternating points of view and times. The characters in this book are not particularly likeable and some are just evil - and don't we love that! Once I got into this book I really did have a hard time putting it down. The writing creates a very vivid picture of Lake Hall and the village and you feel as if you are there when reading it. An ending that I didn't see coming also made for a very enjoyable read.Jocelyn had a very privileged childhood at Lake Hall. She adored her nanny Hannah, who was certainly no Mary Poppins let me tell you! She was devastated when he packed up and disappear one night when she was around 7 years old. She never had a good relationship with her mother but 30 years later she is forced back to her childhood home from the USA when her husband dies. With her 10 year old daughter she is back in England and coming to terms with her loss. When a skull is found in the lake on the grounds of Lake Hall all the deep, dark secrets of the past start to emerge. That is about all I can say about the plot without giving much away.Thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone Century and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord & Lady Holt, looking after their seven year old daughter Jocelyn. One morning Jocelyn awakes to find Hannah has left with no reason. It's now thirty years later and Jocelyn and her daughter, Ruby have no choice but to move back in with her bitter estranged widowed mother after Jocelyn's husband died. Ruby and her grandmother quickly form a relationship. I don't want to say much more as I don't want to spoil it for you. The book does start as In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord & Lady Holt, looking after their seven year old daughter Jocelyn. One morning Jocelyn awakes to find Hannah has left with no reason. It's now thirty years later and Jocelyn and her daughter, Ruby have no choice but to move back in with her bitter estranged widowed mother after Jocelyn's husband died. Ruby and her grandmother quickly form a relationship. I don't want to say much more as I don't want to spoil it for you. The book does start as a bit of a family saga but it's not long until you'll find yourself questioning who you trust. This is a very well written novel with a plot that's been well though out, and a fabulous set of characters.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Gilly Macmillan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI received this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jocelyn Holt has never been close to her mother, and her fondest memories of her childhood also include her old nanny Hannah, who vanished overnight when she was small. When Jocelyn is forced home to live with her aging mother and a skeleton is unearthed in the family lake, Jo begins to question whether somehow her mother was involved in Hannah's disappearance all those years ago.The Nanny is 3.5 starsI received this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jocelyn Holt has never been close to her mother, and her fondest memories of her childhood also include her old nanny Hannah, who vanished overnight when she was small. When Jocelyn is forced home to live with her aging mother and a skeleton is unearthed in the family lake, Jo begins to question whether somehow her mother was involved in Hannah's disappearance all those years ago.The Nanny is a mystery thriller that has so many twists and turns and what ifs, it left me reeling at points but desperately eager to continue on to the next chapter and the next and the next. I flipped opinions about characters from the start to the finish, and I really liked how Gilly Mamillan was able to present them as one kind of person and transform them into another within a few chapters. I started the book firmly on Jocelyn's side, and really disliking the grandmother in the story Virginia Holt. But by halfway through, I really felt for Virginia, and couldn't stand Jocelyn who honestly was one of the most pathetic, frustrating and selfish characters I've read in a long time. I physically threw up my hands at the book at one point because Jocelyn was being so dumb. I felt sad and uncomfortable at times at how easy Virginia could be overlooked and talked over by other characters, and I think it highlighted well how old age/disability erasure can happen to those who are elderly and/or infirm in any way.The end was quite rushed for me but I liked the intensity of some moments. I feel like I would have preferred more conversations between Jo and Virginia and a few more grievances properly aired and past actions explained. I also feel like there were some loose ends just not tied up properly and left to flap in the wind a bit.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.This is a mystery thriller quite unlike anything I have ever read before. It is set in England, in a quiet sleepy village, and follows a family that have recently been reunited. One of the main characters named Jo, has moved back in with her mother, bringing her daughter along too, as her husband has recently died. Her father has died relatively recently too, so we mainly follow the perspectives of these three generati I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.This is a mystery thriller quite unlike anything I have ever read before. It is set in England, in a quiet sleepy village, and follows a family that have recently been reunited. One of the main characters named Jo, has moved back in with her mother, bringing her daughter along too, as her husband has recently died. Her father has died relatively recently too, so we mainly follow the perspectives of these three generations of women. When Jo was growing up she had a nanny, who it's more than fair to say, Jo had and still has an unhealthy obsessive relationship with. Her relationship with her own mother has always been poor, and she is determined not to make the same mistakes with her own daughter. However, shortly after moving back in with her mother, Jo's daughter finds a skull in the lake on their mothers property. Jo automatically assumes it is the nanny, and the mystery goes on from there.This novel takes so many breathtaking twists and turns, I consistently found myself confused on who the skull could belong to, and indeed who caused the body to end up in the lake to begin with. The multiple perspectives are tricky to follow to begin with, just because of the clever way the author has decided to weave the story together. The timeline also jumps around, which again adds to the confusion at times. It isn't confusing in a difficult to follow kind of way, more just in trying to work out what exactly has gone on.I didn't correctly guess the various parts to the mystery until late on, which was satisfying. I enjoyed having my head thoroughly confused at every turn. I didn't like the characters in this novel though. Some are more likeable than others, but of the main characters, I didn't like half of them. This did have an impact on my enjoyment of the book, because I just couldn't take some of the actions by those characters seriously. For example, Jo being so hung up on her nanny as a grown woman grated on me. Unlikeable characters aren't always a bad thing, but when I can't believe their actions on top of that, it is a jarring reading experience for me.If you enjoy psychological thrillers, I still highly recommend this book, it's a page turner and will keep you awake thinking about who the remains belong to, and who killed that person and put them there.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this from Gilly Macmillan, a tense and well paced psychological thriller with some interesting characters and unexpected moments. I liked the "rich are different" feel to the narrative and the mystery of what happened to "The Nanny" is beautifully plotted. I love the descriptive nature of the storytelling and read it over two quick addictive sessions. Full review nearer June publication. Recommended.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    Gilly Macmillan is simply brilliant!! This was my first book by her, and I was completely entranced by her writing to the point I took my kindle everywhere with me. I loved her characters, each one was so different. Wickedness flowed in the veins of some, helplessness and blindness in others. The emotions she evoked from me rushed through my being, simply twisting by insides in a knot of panic. I could see the insidious evil, yet I could do nothing to warn the daughter Jo about nanny Hannah who Gilly Macmillan is simply brilliant!! This was my first book by her, and I was completely entranced by her writing to the point I took my kindle everywhere with me. I loved her characters, each one was so different. Wickedness flowed in the veins of some, helplessness and blindness in others. The emotions she evoked from me rushed through my being, simply twisting by insides in a knot of panic. I could see the insidious evil, yet I could do nothing to warn the daughter Jo about nanny Hannah who was looking after her daughter Ruby in her mother's home The Holt Hall.The story started with Jo and Ruby coming back to her mum's place after the death of her husband. A human skull was found in the lake near The Holt Hall. That started the police investigation to dig into the past, which scared Jo's mum to the core. It was presumed to be of nanny Hannah, but suddenly Hannah showed up at the doorstep. And the story rolled on. Whose skull was it? Who was lying, who was telling the truth? Who was evil, who was good?Evil often came wearing the skin of the good, and this book proved it. So many times, I was simply so overwhelmed with the thrill in the story that I had to put my kindle down to take deep breaths and calm my heart. I wanted to tap the main character Jo's shoulder to warn her. I wanted to shake her to make her see what was happening to her daughter Ruby.There were layers of plots and complexities of human nature all embellished like the colors of an abstract painting, which appeared to be thrown at random, but had more rhythm and sequence to it than what could be seen by the human eye. Perceptions changed when the author wrote different chapters. Every word made me question, wonder what happened. I had a theory about the story, and I was so happy to be proved wrong.This book was seriously bad for my heart as it kept my pulse soaring high. I loved it!!
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  • michelle
    January 1, 1970
    After the tragic death of her husband, Jocelyn and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby returns to England to Lake Hall where her mother Lady Holt lives. Jocelyn as a seven-year-old child was never close to her mother. But, to her nanny Hannah. But she was left devasted, when Hannah left without a trace, never to be seen again. The distance between them grew. But, when Ruby meets her grandmother, a relationship blossom between them.There is nothing much to do at Lake hall and her mother warned her not After the tragic death of her husband, Jocelyn and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby returns to England to Lake Hall where her mother Lady Holt lives. Jocelyn as a seven-year-old child was never close to her mother. But, to her nanny Hannah. But she was left devasted, when Hannah left without a trace, never to be seen again. The distance between them grew. But, when Ruby meets her grandmother, a relationship blossom between them.There is nothing much to do at Lake hall and her mother warned her not got to go onto the Lake. The boat house has been locked up for quite a while. When the get Geoff the handyman to open it. They find a Kayak that is still safe to use, and they go out onto the lake. When somethipng happens and Ruby’s foot get stuck and when they pull her foot out of the water a skull is foundat. Jocelyn thinks it might be Hannah after her untimely disappearance. Also, when Jocelyn was seven her parents use to host wild parties around that area, and she was banished to the house. The police are called, and an investigation starts. When an unexpected visitor comes to visit, questions are asked between her and her mother as Hannah returns. Jocelyn wants to find out what happened that day when Hannah left.Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC exchange for a honest review. Although this was a slow burner of a story, I liked the Nanny. It’s quite different to other psychological thrillers I have read. Firstly, I felt sorry for Jocelyn, her parents even with all the money they had couldn’t give the love that she needed, so they always palmed her off to the Nanny. I disliked them for that. But when the story went forward 30 years to the present, it felt quite realistic when Jocelyn thought her mother was going a bit batty in her old age when she tries to tell her about Hannah. Not every person at a certain age does that. I didn’t like the character of Hannah at all. If you like psychological thrillers, but a but different to the norm. This is the book for you.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    When a favourite author brings out a new book there’s always a worry that it’s not going to live up to expectations but Gilly Macmillan is a class act and The Nanny was absolutely spot on. I do love a dysfunctional family and here we have one of my favourite families of the year so far! Three generations of the Holt women come together when a shocking discovery is made in the grounds of their home. Does this tie in with events from the past that Jocelyn thinks she remembers? And what happened to When a favourite author brings out a new book there’s always a worry that it’s not going to live up to expectations but Gilly Macmillan is a class act and The Nanny was absolutely spot on. I do love a dysfunctional family and here we have one of my favourite families of the year so far! Three generations of the Holt women come together when a shocking discovery is made in the grounds of their home. Does this tie in with events from the past that Jocelyn thinks she remembers? And what happened to The Nanny? Once you picked up this book you won’t be able to put it down until you find out the truth.This was a great read that really kept the tension high throughout. First impressions were quickly overturned once the secrets from the past started crawling out of the woodwork and I enjoyed working out what had happened all those years ago to have caused such a family rift! There were some unexpected twists and turns along the way and a super ending that shocked the hell out of me! But essentially I was really curious about the relationship between Jo and her mother, which was strained to say the least!The storyline was solidly crafted and flowed perfectly with the pace being slow enough to be able to build up characters and descriptive prose but not so slow as to cause the reader to lose interest! And I did like the way in which we hear from both Jo and her mother Virginia as well as the investigating police officer who didn’t seem as impartial as he should have been-I mean a crime is a crime if committed with intent so a victims social standing shouldn’t be used as a weapon to be beat them with!I thoroughly enjoyed every page of The Nanny as the tension increased to a denouement that made me squeal! It’s a darkly atmospheric, chilling book with some great characters. Overall one that I’m definitely recommending
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  • Gaby (GNTxREADs)
    January 1, 1970
    I was gripped by the first few chapters and found myself flying through the pages. I absolutely loved the subtle similarities between Virginia and Jo's relationship and Jo's parenting of Ruby. It's clear that Jo tries to be so different from her mother, but ends up adopting the dismissive and prescriptive parenting approach to her own daughter.I was constantly wondering whether 'The Nanny' was referring to the childminder figure or the role of the grandmother as being key to this story. It appea I was gripped by the first few chapters and found myself flying through the pages. I absolutely loved the subtle similarities between Virginia and Jo's relationship and Jo's parenting of Ruby. It's clear that Jo tries to be so different from her mother, but ends up adopting the dismissive and prescriptive parenting approach to her own daughter.I was constantly wondering whether 'The Nanny' was referring to the childminder figure or the role of the grandmother as being key to this story. It appears that there is so much entwined in this book, including issues of class, adultery, murder, false pretences and more!I liked how every now and again the reader was thrown back to the 1980's and slowly finding out more about the complicated relationships. At times this was elusive and the identity of the character in the spotlight was unknown - which further added to the suspense!It was really interesting to see how my feelings towards Virginia changed throughout the book. At first I considered her to be a negative presence and very unwilling to contribute anything helpful to a situation. But as we read on, we begin to understand her, and by the end I felt more empathy for her as a vulnerable old lady.Although the chapters following the detectives were clearly needed to add to the information needed throughout the story, I didn't feel much of a connection to their personal lives. I tend to like to suspect EVERYONE in a good thriller, and just felt some of these chapters were filling in spaces.I'll admit than once Hannah returns to the family, I felt the suspense easing off, and I wasn't gripped as much to each chapter. But in the latter part of the book, my attention was regained to see how it all panned out!With the revelations and accessible writing, I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book. I was gripped to the relationships within this book. However it just didn't hit top marks in giving me that *GASP* moment. So I settled on a four star review on Goodreads.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.
  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote a lovely long review of The Nanny, then accidentally deleted it before it could be posted. Oh no! Anyway, here goes again.... having loved Gilly Macmillan’s previous books I was excited to read this one and delighted to be approved for an ARC. Reeling from the sudden death of her husband, Jocelyn (Jo) returns to her family home, Lake Hall, with her ten year old daughter Ruby. Jo’s childhood was blighted both by the overnight disappearance, never to be seen again, of her beloved nanny Han I wrote a lovely long review of The Nanny, then accidentally deleted it before it could be posted. Oh no! Anyway, here goes again.... having loved Gilly Macmillan’s previous books I was excited to read this one and delighted to be approved for an ARC. Reeling from the sudden death of her husband, Jocelyn (Jo) returns to her family home, Lake Hall, with her ten year old daughter Ruby. Jo’s childhood was blighted both by the overnight disappearance, never to be seen again, of her beloved nanny Hannah, and by a relationship with her haughtily aristocratic mother, Virginia, which is distant at best. Although Virginia is now also a widow, their long-damaged relationship remains frosty in the extreme, although Virginia bonds to a surprisingly immediate extent with Ruby.When a shocking discovery is made in the lake, things escalate quickly. Can it really be connected to the long ago disappearance of Hannah? And how reliable are Jo’s childhood memories, anyway?The story is narrated mainly by Jo with sections from the points of view of Virginia, a police detective named Andy and a young woman called Linda in the 1970s and 80s. This generally worked well although I’m not entirely sure how much was added by Andy’s brief sections, other than to provide an outside perspective and illustrate how the Holt family are regarded by many.Towards the end things perhaps rushed a little too quickly towards a dramatic conclusion, for which there would surely be consequences further down the line. However it was a gripping read with an original premise, touching on themes of familial relationships, manipulation, and where and why our love and trust are (mis)placed. I very much enjoyed all the characters, particularly Virginia and Ruby, and found Jo’s struggles and dilemmas very relatable.The author lived in the US for some years and very occasional Americanisms do creep in - Lord Holt is described as wearing a “vest” over his checked shirt, which I’m pretty sure is the American usage rather than the British! And I’m not sure the British police use Jane Doe as a placeholder to the same extent as the Americans - although I could be wrong.All in all an excellent read which I really enjoyed.
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  • Tracy Wood
    January 1, 1970
    Having to return to a home and country she thought she had left behind forever was never in Jocelyn Holt's plans but very few things have turned out the way she wanted since her beloved nanny disappeared thirty years earlier when she was seven.Now a mother herself and preferring to be known as Jo she finds herself having to deal with her own grief as well as that of her daughter while her own mother remains as aloof and distant as she remembers from her discarded childhood. When she is offered a Having to return to a home and country she thought she had left behind forever was never in Jocelyn Holt's plans but very few things have turned out the way she wanted since her beloved nanny disappeared thirty years earlier when she was seven.Now a mother herself and preferring to be known as Jo she finds herself having to deal with her own grief as well as that of her daughter while her own mother remains as aloof and distant as she remembers from her discarded childhood. When she is offered a lifeline Jo is amazed to find that her memories don't quite fit those of others from her past and as the police have become involved she has no idea who she can trust or turn to.This is a book which makes time slow down. I thought I'd read for just an hour, three hours later I finally stopped for the night.  I felt instantly involved with the main characters and plotline, and wasn't at all disappointed in the ending which was as shocking as it was satisfying. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys family dramas without a huge confusing cast where the police play second fiddle to the main protagonists who are beautifully executed but seriously flawed.
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  • An Aussie Book Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always filled with guilt when I have to admit that a book/story for me, was only a 3 stars (average; not terrible but not spectacular). But this one, just wasn't it for me. I found the pace quite slow which made it difficult to want to keep reading. I couldn't identify with the characters at all or feel anything for them other than disdain to be honest, especially for Jocelyn, who at first I was starting to like but then she turned into a bit of a twit halfway in. And the twists? Well, there I'm always filled with guilt when I have to admit that a book/story for me, was only a 3 stars (average; not terrible but not spectacular). But this one, just wasn't it for me. I found the pace quite slow which made it difficult to want to keep reading. I couldn't identify with the characters at all or feel anything for them other than disdain to be honest, especially for Jocelyn, who at first I was starting to like but then she turned into a bit of a twit halfway in. And the twists? Well, there didn't seem to be many if any for me, and the very small ones that were there were a tad predictable. I'm sorry to sound so unpleasant about it, there were parts I liked, I did enjoy the mother there were times where I found her relatable. But The Nanny just didn't grab me, and I've been reading some 5/5's at the moment so it was obvious to me that this wasn't one I'd be giving a 5 to.I do look forward to reading more in the future from the author, just because this one wasn't my cup of tea, isn't to say that the next won't be.
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  • Christina McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    A devilishly devious Mary Poppins, The Nanny captivates and surprises with twists and turns around every corner. After losing her husband in a car accident in America, Jo returns with her young daughter to England, to the mother she despises, and their house full of secrets. An engrossing mix of revenge, betrayal and long-hidden family secrets, The Nanny is a riveting tale of a truly dysfunctional family that kept me constantly on my toes.The book starts with a bang when Jo wakes as a child to f A devilishly devious Mary Poppins, The Nanny captivates and surprises with twists and turns around every corner. After losing her husband in a car accident in America, Jo returns with her young daughter to England, to the mother she despises, and their house full of secrets. An engrossing mix of revenge, betrayal and long-hidden family secrets, The Nanny is a riveting tale of a truly dysfunctional family that kept me constantly on my toes.The book starts with a bang when Jo wakes as a child to find her nanny Hannah gone without a trace. Fast-forward thirty years and Jo and her daughter find a skeleton in the property's lake, causing Jo to question her mother's role in Hannah's disappearance.This is a fun, addictive mystery thriller with a wonderfully tense relationship between Jo and her mother, and a gloriously evocative setting of Lake Hall. A perfect summer read you'll certainly want to sink your teeth into.
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  • Lel Budge
    January 1, 1970
    Jo as she likes to be known as (not Joselyn) was a child of privilege, she is the daughter of Lord and Lady Holt. She isn’t close to her mother at all. She feels she was responsible for her much loved nanny, Hannah, leaving suddenly.Over the years, Jo grows up, gets married and moves to America and has her own daughter.Sadly, her husband dies and she decides to return home. As her mother is also recently widowed….will they be able to recover some sort of relationship…But then a skull is found on Jo as she likes to be known as (not Joselyn) was a child of privilege, she is the daughter of Lord and Lady Holt. She isn’t close to her mother at all. She feels she was responsible for her much loved nanny, Hannah, leaving suddenly.Over the years, Jo grows up, gets married and moves to America and has her own daughter.Sadly, her husband dies and she decides to return home. As her mother is also recently widowed….will they be able to recover some sort of relationship…But then a skull is found on the estate….and questions are asked…..just what secrets are being kept?A very detailed, character driven story with a twisty edge…...very clever and engrossing.I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review
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  • Sandi Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    More in my next Good Reads blog at https://www.sandiwallace.com/blog/ for March. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an advance review copy.
  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    There's nothing better than a dysfunctional family in a thriller and this one definitely had that element! My favourite aspect of this one was the simple fact that I had pretty much no idea where it was going, there are quite a few twists and turns going on here and while I could guess a couple of things there were aspects that alluded me. Overall, a gripping thriller that I couldn't put down. This is my second book by this author and I cannot wait to read more! Highly recommended. *ARC copy pro There's nothing better than a dysfunctional family in a thriller and this one definitely had that element! My favourite aspect of this one was the simple fact that I had pretty much no idea where it was going, there are quite a few twists and turns going on here and while I could guess a couple of things there were aspects that alluded me. Overall, a gripping thriller that I couldn't put down. This is my second book by this author and I cannot wait to read more! Highly recommended. *ARC copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Not the page turner I was expecting after reading the blurb for this book. The plot was good but very predictable. In places the story becomes stagnant and then very confusing. Not exactly gripping but an okay read. Just not for me. I would like to thank the author, Random House UK and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    One of those books where you know someone is lying - but is it who your suspect?Jocelyn and her mother have never had a close relationship. Raised by her nanny until she disappears overnight, Jo - as she now prefers to be known - leaves their stately home as soon as she can and never returns - until now. Faced with financial difficulties, she is forced to return bringing Ruby, her daughter . As her father has since died, the atmosphere is distinctly frosty between the two mothers. Then Hannah th One of those books where you know someone is lying - but is it who your suspect?Jocelyn and her mother have never had a close relationship. Raised by her nanny until she disappears overnight, Jo - as she now prefers to be known - leaves their stately home as soon as she can and never returns - until now. Faced with financial difficulties, she is forced to return bringing Ruby, her daughter . As her father has since died, the atmosphere is distinctly frosty between the two mothers. Then Hannah the nanny turns up unexpectedly and everyone seems suspicious of everyone else .. but what's really going on?This starts off as a bit of a family saga, drawing the reader into a false sense of security. But as the story progresses, it is positively dripping with suspense! Who did I trust? Everyone to begin with, and absolutely not one single soul towards the end! What a cleverly created novel! It's an exceptionally exciting read; riveting, gripping and gut-wrenching at times. The ending? Never in a million years would I have guessed where it was going! The characters are fabulous - each of them are totally believable and so true-to-life that I pictured each one clearly in my imagination. With lots of authentic details, especially pertaining to British aristocracy, all adding to the credibility to the periods of time concerned, this is an all-round cracking read and one I cannot recommend highly enough. A super flashing, sparkling and dancing five gold stars - and, frankly, easily worthy of ten!
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Growing up, Jocelyn loved her nanny Hannah and was devastated when she upped and left when Jocelyn was 7. He childhood thereafter wasn't all that and she left home as soon as she could, cutting ties with her family. But circumstances force her return some 30 years later, with her own daughter in tow. Forcing her to try and reconnect with her widowed mother. But then there's bones found in the lake and an unexpected visitor and Jocelyn, now known as Jo, is forced to go back to her past, 4.5 stars.Growing up, Jocelyn loved her nanny Hannah and was devastated when she upped and left when Jocelyn was 7. He childhood thereafter wasn't all that and she left home as soon as she could, cutting ties with her family. But circumstances force her return some 30 years later, with her own daughter in tow. Forcing her to try and reconnect with her widowed mother. But then there's bones found in the lake and an unexpected visitor and Jocelyn, now known as Jo, is forced to go back to her past, to piece together the gaps, to figure out the present and exactly how much danger she's in.I do love a good dysfunctional family and here you've got a doozy! But, like all families, there's secrets and lies aplenty and it takes a while to peel off the layers, cut through the noise, and find the truth therein. A truth that even shocks those who thought they knew what was what! Being a book with dysfunctional characters I did the usual and flipped my opinion of the characters several times along the way. I learn one thing - I sympathise with X, turn a page and Y is in my heart. You get the picture! But it did mean that I was pretty much exhausted by the end; in a good way, I hasten to add. But it's not all just about mother, daughter and nanny. There's a whole load of other stuff going on that interconnects and meanders around the main story, offering reasons for previously unexplained behaviours. We also have the usual twists and turns that go hand in hand with this genre. Some of which I guessed along the way, others that hit me like a truck and left me gobsmacked. A fair balance these days with the volume of this genre book I devour! Pacing was a little off for me. At times things dragged a bit and others, especially in the final run up, it felt a little rushed. Not enough to spoil things but enough to cause mild discomfort.Characterisation was great. As already mentioned, I flipped my emotions several times along the way as I learned more about them. Scratch the surface and see what comes out kind of thing. Jo annoyed me along the way a bit as I do remember doing a fair bit of shouting at her. Spoilers prevent me from explaining further but she was a bit dumb in places. All in all, another winner from another author on my watch list. Looking out for her next one. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Jocelyn or Jo, as she now likes to be called, is returning to her childhood home with her daughter Ruby after recently becoming a widow. She didn't have the best relationship with her mother, Virginia but she has nowhere else to go. Jo is the daughter of Lord and Lady Holt, a very well to do family and growing up was looked after by her nanny, Hannah who she adored, then when Jo was seven Hannah disappeared without a trace. Not long after Jo returns home human remains are discovered with the gro Jocelyn or Jo, as she now likes to be called, is returning to her childhood home with her daughter Ruby after recently becoming a widow. She didn't have the best relationship with her mother, Virginia but she has nowhere else to go. Jo is the daughter of Lord and Lady Holt, a very well to do family and growing up was looked after by her nanny, Hannah who she adored, then when Jo was seven Hannah disappeared without a trace. Not long after Jo returns home human remains are discovered with the grounds of the house and while the police start their investigations, Jo begins to question what really happened the night Hannah disappeared and just when she thinks she's figured it out an unexpected visitor turns up at the house and throws everything she ever believed from her past into turmoil, who is telling the truth and how can she ever trust anyone again.This story is told over two timelines and is full of unexpected twists, I was drawn in right from the start. To begin with I disliked Virginia and felt sorry for Jo but as the story progressed my loyalties switched and I was firmly on Virginia's side and praying she would be proved right, I adored Ruby and loved the relationship she immediately struck up with her grandmother, it brought out a softer side to Virginia and gave her the love she'd missed out on when Jo was growing up. This is a well crafted book and the first I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last. Definitely recommend this one.I'd like to thank Random House UK and Netgalley for the approval, I will post my review on Goodreads now and on Amazon on publication day.
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  • Vivienne
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Penguin Random House U.K./Century for an eARC via NetGalley of Gilly Macmillan’s ‘The Nanny’ in exchange for an honest review.The tag line for this novel ‘Can you trust her with your child?’ sets the tone for this gripping psychological thriller.Jocelyn (Jo) grew up as a child of privilege, daughter of Lord and Lady Holt. She has serious issues with her mother, Virginia, not least because she blames her for the sudden departure of Hannah, her beloved nanny, when Jo was seven. Jo eve My thanks to Penguin Random House U.K./Century for an eARC via NetGalley of Gilly Macmillan’s ‘The Nanny’ in exchange for an honest review.The tag line for this novel ‘Can you trust her with your child?’ sets the tone for this gripping psychological thriller.Jocelyn (Jo) grew up as a child of privilege, daughter of Lord and Lady Holt. She has serious issues with her mother, Virginia, not least because she blames her for the sudden departure of Hannah, her beloved nanny, when Jo was seven. Jo eventually left home and moved to the USA, married and had a daughter of her own.After the sudden death of her husband and shaky financial and residential situations, Jo returns with Ruby (aged 10) to Lake Hall. With her mother also being recently widowed both women are hoping to build bridges. However, when a skull is found in the lake on their property secrets of the past emerge. Keeping with my policy of not saying too much about the plots of thrillers, I trust that this gives a taste of this intriguing novel. Trust me it has an intricate plot that takes many interesting twists and turns.‘The Nanny’ is also quite character driven as the narrative viewpoint switches between Jo, Virginia, Hannah (!) and the detective in charge of the investigation. There are also flashbacks that along with the shifting perspectives means that the reader is privileged to information that is quite revealing about the secrets and motives held by the main players.I found myself very caught up in the story and certainly will be recommending it to friends.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Following the sudden death of her husband, Jocelyn returns to her family home, Lake Hall, in England with her ten-year old daughter Ruby. When she was a child, Jo’s nanny, Hannah disappeared without reason one night. This is something that Jo has never got over as she was so much closer to Hannah than she ever was with her Mother, Virginia. Jo and Virginia’s relationship has never recovered and yet Virginia and Ruby gel so quickly. Before long, Jo and Ruby make a shocking discovery in the lake. Following the sudden death of her husband, Jocelyn returns to her family home, Lake Hall, in England with her ten-year old daughter Ruby. When she was a child, Jo’s nanny, Hannah disappeared without reason one night. This is something that Jo has never got over as she was so much closer to Hannah than she ever was with her Mother, Virginia. Jo and Virginia’s relationship has never recovered and yet Virginia and Ruby gel so quickly. Before long, Jo and Ruby make a shocking discovery in the lake. Once Jo contacts the police, things escalate. Could this body be the nanny, Hannah? Jo thinks that it would certainly explain why Hannah disappeared so suddenly all those years ago. The story is mainly told by Jo, Virginia and someone called Linda from the 70’s/80’s and why she comes into the story is soon explained. There is also a detective who pops up from time to time, but I really don’t think that he really added anything. It’s a very slow story and I almost gave up a few times but once I got to 40%, I knew that I was going to see it through and I’m glad that I did. Towards the end though, it did seem a little rushed and after the slowness and the deliberate way that the story was laid out, I didn’t think that it really matched the rest of the book. On the whole though, I very much enjoyed reading it and will be happy to read more by this author.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord and Lady Holt, looking after their daughter Jocelyn until one morning she leaves with no explanation . Believing it to be her mom’s fault it strains their relationship more so than ever.Now 30 years later, Jocelyn along with her daughter Ruby are forced back from U.S. to live with her widowed mom after Jo's husband sudden death.When a skull is found in the lake on the property all the secrets of the past start tumbling out leading Jocelyn to que In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord and Lady Holt, looking after their daughter Jocelyn until one morning she leaves with no explanation . Believing it to be her mom’s fault it strains their relationship more so than ever.Now 30 years later, Jocelyn along with her daughter Ruby are forced back from U.S. to live with her widowed mom after Jo's husband sudden death.When a skull is found in the lake on the property all the secrets of the past start tumbling out leading Jocelyn to question what happened to her nanny all those years ago.The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan is a slow building psychological thriller full of lies and deceptions. The chapters alternate between the past and present with different POV’s and even though most of the characters are unlikable an ending I didn’t see coming made it an interesting read I would like to thank Edelweiss+ and the publishers for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Chrissie
    January 1, 1970
    What a fabulous read ! Jo and her daughter Ruby have to return to the UK to her childhood home and her Mother,Lady Holt whom she had never been close to .As a child she was brought up by her beloved Nanny in a magnificent mansion set in acres of land . Suddenly her Nanny disappears when she is seven and life changes for her . Now she is back as her husband has died and she is broke .A skull is found in the lake and suddenly the Police are investigating.There are plenty of twists and turns and da What a fabulous read ! Jo and her daughter Ruby have to return to the UK to her childhood home and her Mother,Lady Holt whom she had never been close to .As a child she was brought up by her beloved Nanny in a magnificent mansion set in acres of land . Suddenly her Nanny disappears when she is seven and life changes for her . Now she is back as her husband has died and she is broke .A skull is found in the lake and suddenly the Police are investigating.There are plenty of twists and turns and dark secrets .to be uncovered ,this is one of those books that is compelling from the first chapter and is hard to put down .The story is told through all the main characters which I particularly like as I feel you get more detail this way .This book is very well written and I particularly liked the ending .Many thanks to the Publishers ,The Author and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review .
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This book follows Jocelyn and her 10-year-old daughter Ruby as they return to the UK after the tragic death of her American Husband. Jo has to move in with her Mother Virginia as she has no money as its tied up in the US. The book is told from the perspective of Jocelyn, Virginia, Linda (who we discover is the Nanny Hannah who had changed her name in the 80's) and a police detective. When Joycelyn was a chi Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This book follows Jocelyn and her 10-year-old daughter Ruby as they return to the UK after the tragic death of her American Husband. Jo has to move in with her Mother Virginia as she has no money as its tied up in the US. The book is told from the perspective of Jocelyn, Virginia, Linda (who we discover is the Nanny Hannah who had changed her name in the 80's) and a police detective. When Joycelyn was a child, her nanny Hannah disappeared one night without reason and Jo has never understood why as she felt she loved Hannah more than her own mother. When a skull is discovered in the lake at the house we wonder if this could be Hannah the missing Nanny.I did enjoy this book on the whole but at points, it was a little slow and I personally didn't feel the police monologue added anything to the overall story. I would certainly read more by this author.
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  • Fiona Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn to this book due to the title, I am a nanny myself. Thankfully there are no similarities whatsoever between the nanny in this book and me.The story has a lot of twists and turns, it definitely grabbed my attention from the outset. However, I did find it a little slow at times. The clues to part of what is going on are there if you know what to look for, and even though I did realise what was going on before the author revealed it, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment.The relationship between I was drawn to this book due to the title, I am a nanny myself. Thankfully there are no similarities whatsoever between the nanny in this book and me.The story has a lot of twists and turns, it definitely grabbed my attention from the outset. However, I did find it a little slow at times. The clues to part of what is going on are there if you know what to look for, and even though I did realise what was going on before the author revealed it, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment.The relationship between Jocelyn and her mother Virginia is a difficult one to say the least, but it is one of the most important ones in the story. It changes as we progress through the chapters and I loved seeing the two women grow in strength as they reached the final chapters. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy.
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