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
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Contemporary, Cultural, France, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Perfect Nanny

  • Emily May
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Mohamed Al Marzooqi
    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...
  • Bkwmlee
    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...
  • PopiTonja
    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)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 . . ....
  • Roger Brunyate
    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...
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    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...
  • Les Sadiq
    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...
  • Emer
    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...
  • Eric Anderson
    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...
  • Juliedesbouquins
    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...
  • Linda Strong
    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...
  • Ghazaleh
    اگر ترجمه بهتر بود میتونست کتاب خوبی در سبک جنایی باشه :/
  • Meike
    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...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    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...
  • Peter Boyle
    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)
    Find my full review here: 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
    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...
  • Audrey Martel
    Un excellent roman ! La narration est juste, le propos est percutant, la critique sociale est bien dosée. L'auteure s'appuie sur un fait divers et en profite au passage pour s'intéresser aux questions de la maternité et de la place de la mère dans la société et sur le marché du travail ainsi qu'au rapport qu'à la bourgeoisie avec les nounous, entre autres. Une auteure dont je suivrai désormais le travail.
  • Blair
    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...
  • Ammar
    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.
  • Claudia
    Requisitado na biblioteca, com o privilegio de ser a primeira, este livro foi uma leitura surpreendente e agoniante. Infanticídio. Baseado numa história verídica, uma ama mata duas crianças. Começamos pelo final logo nas primeiras páginas, já sabemos como a história termina. E isso não estraga a leitura, queremos saber o que se passou e o que despontou aquele crime.Não sei como é que a autora fez isto, mas não consegui parar de ler. P...
  • Neil
    My children didn’t have a nanny to look after them as they grew up. My wife made the choice to stay at home rather than pursue a career. That’s a choice that many families have to make because so often it has to be one or the other and opportunities to combine both are very few and far between. In Lullaby, Myriam decides to go back to work and she and her husband, Paul, look to engage a nanny to look after the children. As readers, we learn o...
  • Tammie
    The Perfect Nanny was a solid read for me. Myriam and Paul needed a nanny for their two children and Louise seemed like the perfect person to fit that role. I was hooked early on as the book opened with a horrific and shocking crime scene-leaving readers to wonder what the hell happened and why. The book is well written but with the flat characters and unpopular ending, this was three stars for me.
  • Célia
    Já tínhamos falado de Chanson douce na Roda dos Livros e, desde então, soube que iria ler mal saísse a edição portuguesa. Este livro, vencedor do Prémio Goncourt de 2016, começa de uma forma terrível: duas crianças, incluindo um bebé, são assassinadas pela sua aparentemente perfeita ama. Desde o início, não há dúvidas quanto à identidade da pessoa que comete este crime brutal, e a sua investigação está longe de ser o ponto cen...
  • Robert
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