Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Perfect Nanny

 This thriller is not for the female faint of heart.  The author does a wonderful job of building up to the climactic tragedy in the story.  You really felt as though you knew the characters and could understand their roles in the family dynamic.   Leila Slimani does a wonderful job of portraying them all as likable and repulsive at different moments in the story.  Her representation of the working mother and her guilt and doubts of never being enough is well done.   

My only issue with the book is it felt like a sudden ending without a resolution to many of the aspects of the story.  We never get the full background of Louise and what made her the way she is at the time of the story.  There are glimpses but not enough concrete to answer all the questions about why she acted as she did at the end of the story.   The book just leaves the reader hanging and I found myself wanting more explanation and feeling disappointed after really liking the book up until those last 40 pages or so.

The Perfect NannyThe Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars 

Chilling thriller

This spooky and disarming but keeps you reading even when you're terrified of the outcome. Slimani does an amazing job at getting into the minds of the characters. You cannot help but have a bit of sorrow for Louise and wonder what drive her to her vicious acts. The immense impact of mothers guilt is apparent in Myrame. 

While I did find the book very engaging I did come away wishing we had been given more background explanation of how Louise came to this point in life. Also a bit more closure on her relationships with Stephane and Nerve would have added to the story. even though I enjoyed the book.and found it engaging, I finished the book feeling like I had a lot of unanswered questions so that's why I didn't give it 4 stars 

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge -  Book #97
  2. Cloak and  Dagger #CloakDaggerChal : Book # 83
  3. Medical Examiner-  2 Toe Tag 
  4. Around the Year in 52 Books- #31- A book inspired by a leading news story
  5. Book List Queen #19 Based on a true story
  6. 20 in 20 #Read20in2020 #14 translated to English
  7. NJM #NJMBookChallenge2020  #16  translated from another language
  8. Wizarding World Tour  possible categories
    • Castelobruxo:read a book translated into your language
  9. While I was Reading #5 based on a true story
  10. Beat the Backlist #BeatTheBacklist2020 #7 author Intl to you
  11. 2020 TBR  #2020TBRReadingChallenge #6 originally written in a foreign language
  12. TBR Book #51  #Backlistreader ; #MountTBR2020; #StartOnYourShelfathon

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