The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan, Narrated by Clare Corbett, Patience Tomlinson, and Ben Eliot
Published September 10th 2019 by HarperAudio, William Morrow
This was a slow burn story, that had a lot of mystery, both likable and unlikable characters and a lot of subtle things happening that kept me a bit off kilter. When Jocelyn loses her husband in a tragic traffic accident, she is forced to move back to the UK due to her immigration status. She and her ten year old daughter Ruby move to the home Jocelyn grew up in. Her father died a few months prior to her husband, so she moves in with her estranged mother Virginia until she is financially able to get a place of her own. Jo was raised by a Nanny until she was 10, when her Nanny left the family. Jo blames her mother for driving Hannah away. Jo is also jealous of the fact that her daughter, Ruby, has a good relationship with her mother. When Hannah unexpectedly shows up in the area, Jo hires her to look after Ruby. Throw in a skull found in the lake on the property, Virginia having secrets and Ruby not liking Hannah and there are a lot of unanswered questions.
There are so many unanswered questions in the story, with the main mystery being who does the skull belong to. As the story unravels, I change my mind about several of the characters. I went from disliking Virginia to having sympathy for her and liking her. Ruby was a bit of a pistol, but I really enjoyed her character. She is a little girl who has recently lost her father, moved to a new country away from everything and everyone she knows, met her grandmother for the first time and now having problems that her mother doesn’t believe are happening. I am not sure how I felt about Jo. I originally liked her and felt sorry for her, but she was so miserable to her mother, not willing to give her a chance, that she really got on my nerves. As the story unravels and various story lines are introduced, I was sucked into the story more and more. I thought I had figured out what was going on, then there was a twist that sent me off in another direction. A well written story that I enjoyed.
I listened to the audiobook from HarperAudio narrated by Clare Corbett, Patience Tomlinson, and Ben Eliot. This was a great cast of performers that gave the various characters individual voices. This was a performance, not just a reading of a book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this mystery/thriller. I received a copy of this book from the publisher upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: 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 readable 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.