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The Au Pair

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  259 reviews
A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

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, th
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Twisted, compulsively readable psychological thriller that centers on deeply hidden family secrets.

25-year-old Seraphine buried her father 3 weeks ago and is struggling. While she has her twin brother, Danny, and older brother, Edwin, to offer support, she feels like an outsider in her family--she always has. Her mother committed suicide the day she and Danny were born, and now parentless, she seeks to find answers to the questions she had about her mother’s death.

As she tries to unc
Katie B
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Such a page turner, I ended up finishing it in a day. It's just one of those good old popcorn eating reads in which you can't wait to see how everything unfolds.

Seraphine and her twin brother Danny were only hours old when their mother committed suicide off the cliffs of the Norfolk coast. Now an adult, Seraphine is mourning the death of her father. While going through his possessions at the family estate, she uncovers a family photograph of her parents, older brother Edwin, and a baby
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to *TUDOR^QUEEN* by: Katie B
Thank you to the publisher Berkley who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

Summerbourne is an English country estate set against the beach and cliffs, a beloved refuge of the Summerbourne family. However, over the years it has suffered heartbreaking tragedies involving the death of a twin, and the suicide of a mother. In 1992 Ruth Mayes (Summerbourne heir) threw herself off the cliff in back of the house on the same day she gave birth to twins Seraphine and Danny. Several years earlier
Holly  B
Mystique, atmosphere, and surprising twists!

This novel was so captivating that I did not want to put it down! There is a compelling aura of mystery that hovers around the birth of the twins- Seraphine and Danny.

Loved, loved, loved it!

Full review coming...
The Au Pair by Emma Rous is part gothic suspense with a full measure of domestic noir!

if I were asked to choose the perfect suspense novel, it would There is absolutely nothing that I love more than dark, domestic tales of suspense and murder. The Au Pair has it all. 

Seraphine and Danny are twins who, along with their older brother, Edwin, have been raised on an old Victorian estate in Norfolk (UK.)  Their lives would appear charmed to the outside world, but there is a darkness within the family
Carol (Bookaria)
This was a gripping, mysterious, and captivating read. Once I started it, I could not stay away from it.

Seraphine is mourning the death of her father and looking through old pictures when she stumbles upon an odd photograph, in it her mother is posing with a baby the same day she and her twin brother were born. She asks herself why is only one baby in the picture when her mother has just given birth to twins? And she won’t stop until she finds the answer to this question.

I absolutely loved this
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A House of Mirrors......

You know the experience. Where things are completely distorted and take on highly exaggerated shapes of their own. What exactly is real and what is not?

Seraphine Mayes returns to the family estate on the coast of Norfolk. She is joined by her twin brother, Danny, and her older brother, Edwin, for their father's funeral. There was a terrible accident when Dominic fell off a ladder while repairing the garage roof.

But the Mayes family have experienced great tragedy in times
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Why did he say I was impossible? Who Am I?

Seraphine is mourning her Dad's death with her twin brother Danny and their older brother Edwin. They recently buried him when Seraphine starts searching through his things. She comes across a questionable photograph that sends her mind into a million questions. The biggest one is Am I who I think I am? Seraphine starts to do some research and finds out who the Au Pair was the day she was born and who else was close to the family. She tries to
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an an advanced readers copy of The Au Pair by Emma Rous from Goodreads for my honest review.

The Au Pair, was a wonderfully twisted and sinister read. It is the story follows two women, Seraphine Mayes and Laura Silveira. Seraphine finds an old family picture, taken on the date of her birth, in her deceased father's belongings. But, there is something very wrong with this picture. There is only one child in the picture and Serpahine is a twin. A few hours after this picture was taken,
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW...... what a book!

Mysterious, beautiful, and addicting! Full review to come closer to pub date!

This is a must read! :)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a page-turner that had me up until past my bedtime trying to squeeze in one more chapter. A complex storyline of who’s who. Only reason for the 4 stars is that I thought the ending was a bit tedious. Overall, a good novel.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Totally entrancing domestic drama! This is quite the page-turner and will keep you racing through to the end. You will be rewarded with all kinds of surprising twists. This entire story revolves around what actually happened on the day Ruth Mayes fell/was pushed from the cliffs on the same day she gave birth to twins. Seraphine is determined to unravel the truth, especially after finding a picture of her mother with just one baby.

The story was presented from two time periods; one from the past
Jun 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
WooHoo! I won a giveaway! Thank you Goodreads!

I am sooo excited to read this one!!!
Matt Rudy
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. The Summerbourne family may look like a simple family, but they have many secrets that they like to keep locked away. 

The story revolves mainly around Seraphine Maes and an au pair named Laura.

The story begins with Seraphine reuniting with her twin brother Danny and her older brother Edwin, after their father's death. Seraphine then finds a photograph of her mother and father holding only one baby on the day she was born. This picture brings up many ques
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Berkley for gifting me a copy of The Au Pair! This story started a little slow for me and I guessed *some* of the twists but I still really enjoyed this one.

Seraphine and her twin, Danny, were only hours old when their mother threw herself off a cliff and committed suicide. They grew up in a house known as the Summerbourne and they were the summer born twins. Seraphine grew up not knowing her mother but lived with a loving father, two brothers and plenty of nannies.

Now, as an adult s
Jessica Woodbury
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, crime-mystery
I was convinced to read this because the marketing copy promised a mashup of Kate Morton and V. C. Andrews. Kate Morton always sounds like my thing on paper but it never quite hits and I thought maybe a shot of Andrews' pulpy style would be just the thing to make it work. But this wasn't a juicy or pulpy book at all, the Andrews comp feels all wrong though the Morton comp is solid. It does have more thriller elements than you'd see from Morton but I'd compare it more to the kind of twists you're ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Review coming soon!**
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So many twists!
This is one crazy book. As it was I ended up reading the story in the middle of one of my busiest weeks. So I only got to read in bits and pieces and it was frustrating for me. I was chomping at the bit to tear into this story!

This story is very unique. Told from two different points of view, we are introduced to a twin who is confused and wondering about certain bits of her family history. On the other hand, we hear the story from the au pair who worked for the
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Let's get started, shall we?

Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
What would you do if you found a photo that left you questioning who you really were? Do you chase after answers or leave things as they are? Seraphine needs answers. Her mother threw herself off a cliff shortly after the birth of her and her twin brother, Danny. Her father recently died from a tragic accident and there's rumors about their estate and how twins typically do not survive. If only Seraphine can find Laura, the au pair, then maybe she can find the answers she now desperately seeks. ...more
MaryannC.Book Fiend
Reading the synopsis for this I was very excited to have won this Goodreads giveaway book, but this fell a little flat for me. While it had it's moments where I didn't want to put it down the story line became too coincidental later on. Seraphine recently reeling from the sudden death of her widowed father comes across a picture of her mother who tragically threw herself off the cliffs on the same day she and her twin, Danny were born. The picture shows her mother Ruth holding just one baby and ...more
Jessica B.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Work perk early read -- 4.5 stars for the sheer amount of BANANAPANTS wtfuckery that was this story. So many red herrings. So many twists. Sooooo many secrets. Like, if a modern Downton Abbey combined with Days of Our Lives or something.

Just embrace the crazy.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Berkley Pub for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

First of all, I had an incredibly hard time believing that this was a debut novel. So impressed and I can’t wait to see what Emma Rous has in store for us next! THE AU PAIR is an atmospheric read with a slower build to it – but just enough to keep pulling you through the chapters. My curiosity was piqued and I couldn’t put this one down, I know for some people this one will be on the slower side than what they are
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-publishers
Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the summer on their families estate. Legend goes that no twins will ever survive. Hours later their mother jumps off a cliff. The Au Pair quickly leaves and the whole village has many stories about their family happenings. They call Seraphine and Danny The Sprite Twins. After the death of their father,Seraphine discovers an old photo in his desk that leads to a family mystery and danger as she and her brothers try to find out exactly what h ...more
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


"Does Laura, the au pair, have the answer to the question that no one would ever answer?

Does she know why Seraphine's mother threw herself off a cliff right after she gave birth?

THE AU PAIR will be enjoyed by readers who enjoy secrets, mysteries, family dynamics, time travel, and descriptions that put you in the book with the characters.

Nothing can top a good old mystery with family secrets, right? 5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher
I was expecting a thriller much like all the others I've read recently when I started The Au Pair. I was pleasantly surprised and was pulled into this story from the first page. After I finished, I read the synopsis. If V.C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a book baby is a very telling description! Emma Rous is a breath of fresh air into the genre! I can't wait to read what she next writes.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Adored this! Full review to come closer to the blog tour/release date.
Emma Rous’ novel about a young woman who accepts a position as an au pair for a wealthy family is hard to put down! Ms. Rous’ debut novel begins simply and the suspense builds gradually, keeping the reader guessing until the final pages.

The novel begins in 2017 as Seraphine Mayes begins to sort through her father’s effects after his untimely death. Her twin brother and her older brother arrive to help. Seraphine finds an old photo of her family taken on the day she and her brother were born. Bu
ARC received courtesy of the publisher

This was one of the most intriguing novels I've read in a long time. I had a hard time putting it aside each day! Emma Rous is going to be an author to watch!

The novel begins with Seraphine, after her father's funeral, questioning who she really is. She and her twin, Danny and their older brother Edwin are gathered at the family home. Seraphine has always felt like she didn't belong to her family. Hours after the twins' birth, their mother jumped off of the
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Emma Rous grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband and three sons.

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