Everything and Nothing
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Grips you right from the start, so much so that I didn't put this book down until I had finished (needless to say it only took me two days).
Written from the view points of the three main characters: Ruth and Christian, married but falling apart and their seemingly perfect nanny, Agatha.
This story twists and turns right up to til the end, with intensity growing throughout. I felt as if I was there going through everything with them, sympathasing thro ...more
The plot raced along at a satisfyingly quick pace and the characters of both Ruth and Christian (the parents) were nicely drawn; lots of angst, guilt, anger and blame and I beli ...more
It's a shame because the writer is clearly talented but it's a little as though she got bored of her own story and just ended it. You know like when you were in primary school and finished off "and then I woke up, it was all a dream". Boring ...more
Actually, it was probably these lines on the blurb.
Cupboards were sticky from spilled jam and honey, and the oven smoked when you turned it on because of the fat that had built up over the years. Agatha would never, ever let her future home end up like this. She would never leave it every day like Ruth did. She would never put her trust in strangers.
Ruth and Christian Donaldson are a ...more
The opening of Araminta Hall’s debut novel sets things up very nicely.
Ruth and Christian are struggling to balance their busy, busy lives: juggling demanding careers, patching up a marriage battered by his affair, a five-year old daughter who won’t sleep, and a three-year old son who won’t eat.
But then ther ...more
A well written story, an easy quick-ish read (I read it in one day). I'm not sure that it was as "chilling and suspenseful" as the blurb suggested, but certainly a good story ...more
I had the title on my ‘reading list’ for some time and when I saw a copy in my local charity shop I quickly ‘snapped it up’.
Ruth and Christian have two children, a daughter (5) who doesn’t sleep at night and a son (3) who doesn’t eat.
Their relationship is troubled to say the least and they are trying to get their life back on track after Christian had an affair a year previously.
The storyline is engaging and one familiar with every mother with a career. One could almost believe that the relationship challenges experienced by the husband and wife a ...more
Read as part of monthly Bookclub read.
The book is centred around Christian, Ruth their two children Betty and Hal along with their nanny Agatha.
Ruth is a full time working mum, deputy editor of a magazine and therefore an extremely busy woman, whose children have problems of their own.
Christian is Ruth's husband with his own job and all seems well. He's working and completely obvlious to his surroundings until Sarah walks back into his life. Sarah is a woman he had an affair with a few years ...more
Let me just settle the dust from the beginning; this was a particular bad book.
It was not the writing alone, but plot, characters, and form were all bad as well. Bad, bad, bad, bad, B-A-D.
Had it not been for the fact that I read this book as part of a book club, I am confident that I would never have finished it at all. Already after 30 pages or so, it just seemed sappy and fake. Artificial and staged even. And that was how the remainder of the book was like – supe ...more
Ruth and Chris are a married couple trying hard to deal with the fallout from his affair with a younger woman a year ago. With two young and high maintenance children and demanding careers, they are a family in crisis. In an attempt to regain some control they hire a nanny, Agatha. Aggie soon becomes indespensible, the house has regained some order, the ...more
I liked and admired this book for its ability to make me understand and sympathise with all the characters - including the nanny - and its willingness to take on the big philosophical topics of life and set out to encapsula ...more
'Unputdownable!chillingly well-drawn' Sophie Hannah 'An assured debut takes the Mary Poppins myth and turns it into a menacing tale of the enemy invited in! Araminta Hall has turned the perfect nanny trope into something much more disturbing. Imagine a mash-up of Mary Poppins with Stephen King and you get the general idea! What makes this smartly written first novel so disturbing is its moral ambiguity; Hall keeps us engaged with all the characters, even the duplicitous Agatha, right up...more
Dès les premières pages, le récit d'Araminta Hall capte l'attention du lecteur. L'histoire est très simple. On y suit le quotidien de Ruth et Christian, un couple marié qui tente de con ...more
Everything and Nothing, by Araminta Hall, is the first novel I've read specifically for this purpose.
It tells the story of Ruth and Christian, husband and wife of two young children, who hire a nanny named Agatha, hoping that she will bring some much needed order and sanity to their lives. Instead, Agatha turns out to have some sinister secrets. The premise of Every ...more
The fact that Ruth and Chris were having such a difficult time of it, unable to hold together their busy lives with children and careers to cope with set a very good scene for potential disaster.
Enter Agatha, on the surface a gem, a lifesaver to this chaotic family. Of course we know from the very start that something is amiss.
I loved the way Aramnita Hall began to build the tension as Aggie brings her o ...more
I personally quite liked the character of Agatha. I know you're not supposed to, since it is told very plainly from the st ...more
It started off fairly promising and the writing appeared fairly good. However not one of the characters had any redeeming features and were cliched middle class parents. The nanny was so perfect/so twisted that I also couldn't believe the story. I only finished it because I hate to put a book down and I kept hoping that the reasonable writing style would overcome the defects in the story line. I wouldn't bother picking up another of her novels.
I found that during the end of the book that's when I was losing interest, I just didn't find the ending that great, it kind of ruined the book for me, but the build up to find out what Agatha was trying to do was pretty interesting for me!
The book wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't one of my favourites.
It all begins when Agatha attends an interview for a position of Nanny in a chaotic household where both parents work.
She is determined to become indispensible and takes over the running of the household and managing the children wonderfully. Ruth (the mother) feels she is strugggling with motherhood, work and wonder ...more
Araminta Hall writes honestly, she doesn't sugarcoat arguments or family lives. She writes as you imagine the characters to be thinking and thus makes them l ...more