The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family's beautiful apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny...


Details The Perfect Nanny

TitleThe Perfect Nanny
Author
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary, Cultural, France
Rating

Reviews The Perfect Nanny

  • Emily May
    2018-01-10
    Where do these stories come from? They emanate from Louise, in a continual flood, without her even thinking about it, without her making the slightest effort of memory or imagination. But in what black lake, in what deep forest has she found these cruel tales where the heroes die at the end, after first saving the world? I saw The Perfect Nanny on the Millions Most Anticipated list. It's a short book, and my library had it available to read immed...
  • Roxane
    2018-01-29
    This is one of this intensely interior novels that are claustrophobic and incredibly engaging and disturbing. I was very aware that I was reading a translation and I have no doubt that in French, this novel is a show stopper. The translation is good but clunky at times. I suppose that is the nature of most translation. As a portrait of a nanny who ends up murdering her charges (not a spoiler), this novel does a good job of creating ambiguity and ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-02-11
    4 slower-building, but gripping, stars to The Perfect Nanny! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐The Perfect Nanny opened with the what. There was a horrific scene to behold in this family’s home. For the entire book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering the why with tons of ambiguity and build-up at a slower-moving pace. Louise seems to be epitome of the perfect nanny, but people aren’t always who and what they appear to be. The side messages on class, privile...
  • paulie
    2017-10-15
    4.726 stars - - to be released 01/09/18. the fact i read this in under twenty-four hrs (even though it is short in length, under 250 pages, i still usually take more time to read a selection even smaller than this)... the fact i was reading this deep into the night (i cannot remember the last time i've read at 3 am) should tell you i. luuved. this. title.released two yrs ago in france, this has finally been translated into english and released...
  • JanB
    2018-02-14
    The story opens with the horrific description of the killing of two children by their nanny. Then the novel travels back in time to the events that led up to that day. We know what happens but what we don't know is the why. There are no easy answers, and this book doesn't offer them. It was inspired by the true case of the nanny who killed two children in NYC in 2012, and some aspects of the crime are eerily similar. Not knowing the why makes it...
  • Paul Bryant
    2018-03-04
    The author says she wanted to write about nannies. You know, the uneasy ambiguity, how they’re an intimate part of your family but they’re an employee, how they’re poor (mostly black, mostly immigrant) and they live in the middle of wealth during working hours, returning each day to the other side of the tracks; how they’re everything and they have your total trust (they look after your children more than you do) and nothing (they can be ...
  • Holly B
    2018-02-26
    Buddy read with Laurie from Cozynookbks. You will learn how the story ends on the first page of the novel. And my stomach was in knots as I read it.Told in third person from different view points, we learn how the unspeakable ending unfolded. So we are basically going back and learning just what transpired before the tragedy. The author writes in a poetic way using descriptions that I could visualize, smell and emotionally react too. It was creep...
  • Bkwmlee
    2018-01-09
    3.5 starsFor me, this book was originally a solid 4 stars – that is, up until the ending (which I’ll get back to later). The opening scene was quite explosive and emotional, hooking me from the start in wanting to find out exactly what happened, why things turned out the way they did, how such a horrific tragedy occurred. We are taken back in time to the very beginning where we are introduced to the Masse family – parents Myriam and Paul wh...
  • Mohamed Al
    2017-05-18
    من أكثر المناطر استفزازًا لي هي رؤية عائلة تجلس في مطعم وتلتهم ما لذّ وطاب لها من مأكولات، بينما تقف عاملتهم المنزلية خلف واجهة المطعم الزجاجية وحيدة، وربما جائعة، بانتظار أن ينتهوا من ابتلاع الأطباق التي أمامهم.ومن أكثر الأخبار استفزازًا لي هي ت...
  • Ammar
    2018-01-18
    DNF @35% I tried my best to get into this novel, but couldn’t.The novel opens with a beautiful written crime scene, it’s shocking but written well. Then it started downhill for me.. I couldn’t feel anything for Myriam, Paul, Louise, Pascale, or Milla or Adam It felt dry, perhaps due to it being a translated work that could maybe is brilliant in French , but didn’t read well in English.
  • Emer
    2018-01-17
    I only recently heard of Leïla Slimani when French president Emmanuel Macron gave her the position of Francophone affairs minister. The Morocco-born author won the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary award for her second novel, Chanson douce, which has just now been translated into English and given the title Lullaby. It is known as The Perfect Nanny in the USA.So I had to read this novel for myself and find out if I could believe the hype.... An...
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2018-01-23
    3.5 Stars → Ugh, from the very beginning, this book was chilling. Unsettling. It's not a typical thriller, more character-driven, maybe a character study of sorts. None of the characters were likable, but they were fascinating. A young Parisian couple, Myriam and Paul, hire Louise as a nanny for their two small children. With a good reference from her previous employer, and being somewhat desperate to find childcare, they quickly welcome Louise...
  • Roger Brunyate
    2017-02-18
    The NannyBirdlike, blonde Louise, hardly bigger than a girl herself, is a magician with children. At her interview with the busy Massé parents in their Paris apartment, she gently takes the squalling baby Adam from his father's arms, calming him instantly, and entices the toddler Mila out of hiding by pretending that she is a princess who has disappeared. Myriam, the children's mother, returns from her first day back at work as an advocate to fi...
  • PopiTonja
    2017-07-04
    Roman godine u Francuskoj i dobitnik neke nagrade cccImala sam utisak da citam ne bas najbolji deciji sastav. Kao sto rekoh citam i osecam se tupo. o.O
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-01-23
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/3.5 Stars “The baby is dead.” I’m not exactly sure how I ended up with this book. I thought it must have been one of the suggestions from the library for the “Shelf of Suspects” challenge, but I just double-checked and it is not. Whatever way I ended up with it, I have to say that is one doozy of an opening line. I also have to say if you’re expecting a story like this . . ....
  • Les Sadiq
    2016-10-27
    Contrairement au titre qui promet et laisse présager la lecture d’une histoire douce, paisible et poétique, dès la première page, une image terrifiante et sanglante d’un bébé et d’un enfant tués par leur nounou s’offre à nous. Après ce chapitre, les fils sont tirés un à un jusqu’au drame. Mais pas vraiment ! L’histoire est celle de Pascal et Myriam, un couple de jeunes parisiens mariés avec deux enfants, Mia et Adam. Myria...
  • Juliedesbouquins
    2016-09-26
    Bon bon bon, comment vous dire ? Je crois que sur ce coup là, le train est parti sans moi. C'est délicat de dire que j'ai été peu voir pas convaincue face à un sujet qui ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Pourtant c'est bien le cas. Si les deux premières pages sont percutantes, la suite est un enchaînement de descriptions qui se laisse lire mais ne m'a pas permise d'entrer complètement dans cette sordide histoire. Je n'ai pas ressenti...
  • Claudia
    2018-02-26
    Demaskierung der Perfektion und der GesellschaftDas Psychogramm einer psychisch kranken Frau wird hier peu á peu offen gelegt.Myriam möchte nach der Geburt des 2. Kindes wieder arbeiten gehen und sucht deshalb gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann Paul ein geeignetes Kindermädchen. In Louise scheinen sie eine wundervolle Perle gefunden zu haben. Sie bewältigt schlichtweg alles in der Kindererziehung und im Haushalt. Immer mit einem Lächeln auf dem Gesich...
  • Eric Anderson
    2018-01-13
    Basing a psychological thriller around a nanny who murders the children she cares for makes for a terrifyingly effective sensational story, but where “Lullaby” by Leila Slimani really excels is in its sophisticated take on classism, privilege and isolation in modern-day Paris. The novel opens with the discovery of young children Adam and Mila who have been slain by their nanny Louise. How Louise came to become an integral part of this family...
  • Marialyce
    2018-03-08
    3.5 hard to pin down starsWhy do people do what they do? What goes on in the workings on one's mind that can change them from the image they project into a macabre nightmare?Louise is the perfect nanny, so very perfect that the couple who hire her, Myriam and her husband Paul, are thrilled with her performance. Everything is done for the children, and eventually everything is done for the couple as well. There are no worries about working late, o...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    2017-09-05
    Myriam gave up her career when she had her two children with her husband, Paul. Soon she found herself resenting her children and her husband and needed more from her life. Given the opportunity to go back to law, she took it. With this decision, came the choice to hire a nanny to take care of the children. Enter Louise, who seems perfect! The children love her and as time goes by, they want for nothing. Meals are made, the living space is cleane...
  • Michelle
    2018-02-23
    A sad and disturbing tale of a nanny that slowly loses her mind while caring for two children. The first chapter is absolutely brutal and from there we flashback to when Louise is first hired by Myriam and Paul. We slowly watch as the cracks develop in her mind until she spirals down into the depths of unrelenting despair. How and why could someone do something so awful? You won't get that answer here. If you are expecting any type of resolution ...
  • Linda Strong
    2017-09-27
    Myriam and Paul are the parents of two small children. When Myriam decides to go back to work, a search begins for a nanny.Never did they think they would find anyone as perfect as Louise. She's young, she's quite efficient, and she has a way with the children. She cooks, she cleans, she goes over and beyond what her duties actually are. Myriam and Paul are delighted and can't believe how lucky they are.But there's something about Louise ... some...
  • Issicratea
    2018-02-17
    Flavour-of-the-month novels, especially thrillerish ones, are often a “fast food” experience for me; I read them to satisfy a passing craving, but I lose interest after the first couple of bites. I felt that about the best-selling, much-touted Lullaby. It’s a Gone Girl-type domestic psychokiller novel, but I didn’t actually think it was as good as Gone Girl, Prix Goncourt or no Prix Goncourt. Leïla Slimani’s prose may sing in French, b...
  • Blair
    2017-10-11
    Leïla Slimani became the first Moroccan woman to win the Prix Goncourt with Lullaby. It's an odd little book that seems unsure whether it's a domestic thriller or literary fiction, and peters out before it makes up its mind.It has one of those opening lines I've come to think of as the literary equivalent of clickbait: 'The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.' The prologue goes on to depict a horrifying scene: a little girl and her baby br...
  • Meike
    2018-02-02
    No wonder Slimani hit a nerve and won the Prix Goncourt with this book: She touches on some very inconvenient truths and common societal problems that seem extremely hard to resolve. "Lullaby" talks about gender roles, modern servants, the class system, marital rivalry, and loneliness (and not in the cutesie Eleanor Oliphant kind-of-way) in modern France. It does not come as a surprise that French President Emmanuel Macron chose Slimani as his pe...
  • Ghazaleh
    2017-08-17
    اگر ترجمه بهتر بود میتونست کتاب خوبی در سبک جنایی باشه :/
  • Peter Boyle
    2018-02-11
    With a gruesome double child murder in its opening pages, one might be excused for expecting a thriller from Lullaby (or The Perfect Nanny as it is known across the pond). It certainly makes for a shocking and enthralling first chapter. But as the story attempts to explain how things have come to this point, it develops into less of a compulsive mystery than an unsettling study of loneliness and obsession.Paul and Myriam live in a Parisian apartm...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    2017-12-31
    Find my full review here: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2017/1...This is a smart, sophisticated French suspense novel that captivated me from first page to last. This is not your ordinary thriller - this book begins with a shocking event, but then backpedals - it really doesn’t involve many “shocking” events (aside from that opener), relying instead on subtle tension and smart plotting.
  • lorinbocol
    2017-10-29
    al cinema li chiamano psycho-biddy movies. sono i film centrati su donne mature con quell’aria un po’ infantile che già prelude a qualche sfasamento (circa il quale le signore in questione fugano ogni dubbio quando escono di testa una volta per tutte e fanno fuori qualcuno, preferibilmente con ampio spargimento di sangue).tra i titoli più celebri del filone - e in tre casi su quattro tra i più celebri della carriera di bette davis, che con...