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The Au Pair

Written by: Emma Rous
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous' national best seller The Au Pair would be it.

One of the most anticipated books of 2019 from Pop Sugar, Bustle, Cosmo, Parade, and Goodreads!

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. Who is the child, and what really happened that day? 

©2019 Emma Rous (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“This will keep you turning those pages. The characters are still playing on my mind.” (Jane Corry, USA Today best-selling author of My Husband's Wife)

“Entrancing and compelling, The Au Pair seamlessly alternates between two riveting narrators. Atmospheric and reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's work, it's a beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending.” (Liv Constantine, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)

“As delicious and spellbinding as a soap opera, complete with the dramatic moments and outrageous twists. A promising first novel from Rous, The Au Pair is an absolutely absorbing and scandalous page-turner.” (Booklist)

“This is one hell of a ride.” (New York Post)

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Great distraction

The Au Pair proved to be great distraction. Told from two perspectives: a family's au pair at the time twins were born, and the quest one of those twins to untangle the truth as an adult. What were the family secrets behind this twin's story? Her father had a recent fatal accident... or was it? Her mother committed suicide on the day she was born... why? The only photo of her parents on the day she was born showed only one baby... where was the other twin? There are more twists and possibilities than one can imagine, so this novel kept my attention through to the end.

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Drama Drama Drama

I enjoyed every minute of the story, the plot twists were the best parts. I give it 2 👍🏾👍🏾. You will enjoy all the scandal this book has to offer.

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Predictable but very interesting

The audio is excellent and very well read. The story is a little predictable but a few pleasant twists. Recommended!

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Disappointing

I wouldn’t recommend this book. There was so much potential but it seemed to fall flat. I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters and was waiting for it to be over. The voice performance was quite good though.

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ridiculous

this book was so unrealistic, I had so much trouble accepting parts of the story

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Very Glad I selected this book!

I was deciding between a few books and chose this one on a whim. Wasnt sure if I was going to like it but wow. I was not disappointed. The narrator was excellent wonderful job portraying the different characters throughout the book. And the story was very well done. I couldn't put it down!

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  • ROBIN
  • 2019-02-06

Just ridiculous

I didn't enjoy anything about this book... not even the narrator. The only redeeming quality was that I actually finished it to find out who was who. If I say more there will be spoilers. I just can't recommend this one

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  • KCH
  • 2019-02-13

If you liked soap operas in the early-mid 90's...

If you liked soap operas in the early to mid 90's then this one is for you. If you were wrapped up in the Marlena saga on Days of Our Lives, or how many times Erica was married on All my Children, you might like this story. Lots of twists, but in the end I had it right from the beginning. Can I get my credit back please?

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  • R. M. Deese
  • 2019-03-13

Nooooooo!!!!!🙀

It had an awful story line and was predictable in the most boring way possible. Simply put it was 11 hours of my life than i will never get back.

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  • J Garrison
  • Nebraska
  • 2019-03-08

Disappointing

I wanted to like this book but the premise is not believable and the characters are shallow. This is the first audible book I was not happy with.

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  • Hera
  • 2019-01-10

A Satisfying and Refreshing Thriller

Good characters, an extremely unique plot and excellent narration. A true psychological thriller with a plot that winds around itself, without being too obvious and ends with a total surprise.

Robin the Reviewer

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  • RueRue
  • 2019-03-09

Wildly implausible

I almost gave up within the first (30) minutes, the plot was so implausible. I stuck it out because of the (2) excellent narrators, who somehow managed to make this silly story worth a listen. If you can ignore all the coincidences, unlikeable characters, poor decisions and implausibilities, it's sort-of entertaining.

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  • bvp
  • 2019-01-30

Couldn’t put it down!

The Au Pair increasingly kept my attention with each chapter. I loved how each chapter went back and forth between two characters 25 years apart. By the end, I couldn’t WAIT to find out what happened both 25 years ago and in the present. Full of unexpected twists!

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  • StampLady
  • 2019-03-04

Almost a 5 star, but...

Narrators' performances were perfect!! That always sets the book up for excellence.

The story line was interesting from the beginning. I enjoyed getting to know the two "then and now" characters, and the transition between them was clear. I liked the way the characters developed, and I was anxious to get back to visit with them each day.
The feel of suspense held me until the end, wondering how in the world all the clues would resolve themselves. I felt like I danced along the edge of a resolution throughout, like a word that is on the tip of my tongue, but won't come out. The resolution was quite the surprising twist, though, and no way did I come close to seeing the final answer, which was a bit surreal, yet possible. It got a little confusing here. I even created a character chart to refer back to as the ending finalized. I did feel a bit let down with the ending, like the author had so many clues on balloon strings, and a forced, contrived pull on all of them kept the balloons from floating away.

I could have offered a 5 star rating if there hadn't been unanswered questions at the end. Some I could live with as if they were in another book, another story - Vera's situation being one.
But there was one moment at the very end, when Seraphine looked at an old photo of the children in the snow and saw something in it she hadn't seen before, something shining in the corner. I never figured out what that was, but felt like it was significant, and if it was, then I may have completely misunderstood the ending. I listened repeatedly to that section, but I must have missed some basic understanding of the story. If anyone out there can tell me what it was, please do.

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  • A. Hall
  • 2019-02-03

WOW

Wow. This book started off very slowly for me. But the author gives you just enough to keep reading. And then, I could not stop listening. My toddler got way too much screen time so I could finish!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-25

The Au Pair.

What a story!! So rich in characters and plot. Wonderful! And so full of suspense. Bonus, the narrators are brilliant! I definitely recommend this book!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful