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The Nanny

A Novel
Written by: Gilly Macmillan
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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The New York Times best-selling 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 listenable 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.

©2019 Gilly Macmillan (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Non-compelling characters and abrupt ending

I had trouble getting into this story, and not one character was compelling. The story eventually became interesting, but it ended so abruptly and with so many unanswered questions. I don't believe there is a sequel, but if there is, I doubt I would read it.

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excellent narration, okay story

This novel had a great premise and I was excited to see how it'd develop. I love the dynamics of nannys and spooky estate homes. This novel had both. The narrators were great with their portrayals of the different characters. However, I didn't find the mystery story line to be that mysterious, nor did I find the detective chapters to be very valuable. Still an enjoyable read - just not as stimulating as it could have been.

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  • Jennifer W.
  • 2019-09-19

Spectacular

I can’t express how much I loved this book! Everything about is great. Please give it a listen. I thinks it’s Gilly Macmillan’s best one yet

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  • Margo Geoffroy
  • 2019-11-13

Great Story But Hated The Daughter

I loved the book once I got into it but I have to say that Jo is so unlikable I could not have any sympathy for her at all and kind of wanted the nanny to kill her off so Ruby could be happy with her Grandmother

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  • Jordan Zenzel
  • 2019-10-01

Great gripping story!

Great story, it had me fully enthralled which is a lot for me to say considering I go through at least 4 Psychological thrillers a week on audible! I don’t leave reviews often, but I loved this one! Ending was a tad abrupt, but GREAT book.

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  • Cynthia
  • 2019-12-03

Loved!

Excellent story, exceptional narration, and interesting characters even though slightly perplexed (and annoyed) by their behavior at times. Agree with another reviewer that ending is slightly abrupt. Would have been nice to feel more extended closure after investing so much emotion listening to book past 24 hours. However, most highly recommend!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-17

another great one from G.M.

Great plot :) Clare Corbett still can't do American accents but makes up for it with the other characters.

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  • Ruthi
  • 2019-09-29

Excellent!

Ah, I did not see that ending coming at all! Really loved this book & very pleased with this purchase!

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  • Renata
  • 2019-12-23

Twisted

Very well done. Very good. Intelligent. Story paints pictures in your had because it’s so well written. I like the narrative too

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  • Buyer247
  • 2019-11-28

BUY THIS BOOK!

This book was a wild ride! Twisted and entertaining plot line and great narration. It doesn’t disappoint!

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  • Lisa McWilliams
  • 2019-11-24

5⭐️ !!!!

I loved it, the story, the twists and the narrator!!! I’m looking for another by Gilly to download next!!

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  • ROBIN
  • 2019-09-13

I couldn't finish it

I don't know if it was the story, or the narration, or both, but I couldn't get into this book and just could not finish it. I definitely do not recommend

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