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The Nanny

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,416 ratings  ·  320 reviews
The New York Times bestselling 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 parent
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by William Morrow
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Lala BooksandLala
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was one of the least mysterious mysteries I've ever read. Usually Gilly Macmillan really does it for me, oh well- maybe her next one!
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been reading this on and off from last night. I read the bulk of this book until dawn. I finished the rest over breakfast and lunch.
The book was glued to my hands, I really had a job putting it down.

I love a dysfunctional family, and we certainly have one in the story, I loved the “rich class higher archly “ in this too. “We have servants”.

The Nanny is a class pounding thriller that I loved. Plenty to get your teeth into.

Highly recommend
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
If you enjoy a mystery involving family secrets where nothing is quite as it seems, The Nanny is definitely for you.

Told in alternating points of view, The Nanny tells the tale of Jocelyn Holt as she is forced to return to her childhood home after the death of her husband. Jocelyn must face her estranged mother, while trying to put her and her daughter's life back together. If that wasn't hard enough - a skull is uncovered on the estate's lake, stirring up memories of Jo's beloved Nanny who dis
The nanny in this novel is not quite the Mary Poppins figure that usually springs to mind when nannies are mentioned, but a more devious, scheming person looking out for number one. In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord and Lady Holt, looking after their 7 year old Jocelyn until one morning Jocelyn wakes up to find Hannah gone with no explanation. Now 30 years later, Jocelyn (or Jo as she now calls herself) and her young daughter are forced back to live with her estranged and bitter ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never rated a Gilly Macmillan book under 4 stars, and this one is no exception!!

When her beloved nanny Hannah, left without a trace in 1988, seven year old, Jocelyn was devastated.

Haunted by loss, she grew up bitter and distant -only returning to her family home in desperation after the unexpected death of her husband.

She has been estranged from her Mother for thirty years, but she must put her own daughter, Ruby, first, so with nowhere else to go, the pair leave California, for the very
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
Sometimes the truth hurts so much, you'd rather hear the lie.Gilly MacMillan has crafted a haunting and atmospheric story. An eerie tale threaded with Mystery with a strong Gothic feel. This was not a fast paced edge of your seat thriller full of twists and turns. This was a slow burn that completely transported me into the lives of these characters. I could feel the chill in the air and the goosebumps on my skin, I was right there in this big creepy house with Virginia, Jo, Hannah, and Ruby. Th ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I was expecting ‘sonething’ from this book but in fact got a very different book to what I had imagined
The Holts are titled and noble folk and even though it is just Lady Holt now in the big manor house she keeps appearances and customs as they always have been, stiff upper lip, straight backed and aloof and still employs ‘staff’ ( I adored her in all her entitled luxury ).....’Jo’ her daughter has arrived after a tragedy and is now also penniless, with her is her daughter, she has lived in Amer
Louise Wilson
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1987, Hannah Burgess worked as a nanny for Lord & Lady Holt, looking after their seven year old daughter Jocelyn. One morning Jocelyn awakes to find Hannah has left with no reason. It's now thirty years later and Jocelyn and her daughter, Ruby have no choice but to move back in with her bitter estranged widowed mother after Jocelyn's husband died. Ruby and her grandmother quickly form a relationship. I don't want to say much more as I don't want to spoil it for you. The book does start as ...more
The Nanny is my first read by Gilly Macmillan, and I'm not entirely sure why I've waited this long to read something by this notable author. It's getting harder and harder for thriller/mystery novels to succeed in this oversaturated market, especially when publishers are asking for new titles each year. The Nanny is a novel that is reminiscent of Ruth Ware's gothic-noir type of writing, infused with the character study of Liane Moriarty.

The Nanny takes place during two different time peri
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a surprising, slow-burn thriller with unlikable but somehow appreciable characters (if you handle a little batshit craziness and sociopathic tendencies, they were all right!), gripping reading making you captive and forcing you brainstorming about what’s going to happen next and then sucker punching you at unforeseeable second with a great revelation! BAM! Yes giving my four stars and throwing my tequila shot against my mouth (This time Chardonnay is too light to absorb this kind of thrille ...more
Mandy White
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan was a slow burn of a story but absolutely worth sticking with. The details are very cleverly revealed through the alternating points of view and times. The characters in this book are not particularly likeable and some are just evil - and don't we love that! Once I got into this book I really did have a hard time putting it down. The writing creates a very vivid picture of Lake Hall and the village and you feel as if you are there when reading it. An ending that I di ...more
After the death of her husband, Jocelyn "Jo" must return home with her ten-year-old daughter, Ruby. His death has left her in financial trouble, and she has no choice but to head back to Lake Hall, the aristocratic home she shared with her parents when growing up. It's a far cry from California where she lived with Chris and Ruby, escaping a stifling childhood with her mother. Jo's happiest childhood memories involve her nanny, Hannah, but Hannah disappeared suddenly one summer when Jo was seven ...more
In her late thirties, Jocelyn Holt is a recent widow. She and her ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, still grieving, move from California to the Wiltshire manor house where Jocelyn grew up.  Financially strapped, Jocelyn must depend upon the generosity of her widowed mother whom she has always found to be unloving and cold.

"To have a child whom you love but who does not love you back is a particularly intense and unrelenting source of pain."

She is surprised that her mother, Virginia, is quite besotted
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thirty years after her departure from Lake Hall, Jocelyn "Jo" Holt returns to her childhood home and is forced to confront the troubled relationship she has with her mother.

When human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate- secrets from the past are slowly brought to light as Jo uncovers the truth of the unsettling events that lead up to the disappearance of her beloved nanny, Hannah.

I was not pre
Laura Rash
I liked the idea of this one but it went off the rails a bit and was a tad predictable from the get go
Liz Barnsley
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this from Gilly Macmillan, a tense and well paced psychological thriller with some interesting characters and unexpected moments.

I liked the "rich are different" feel to the narrative and the mystery of what happened to "The Nanny" is beautifully plotted. I love the descriptive nature of the storytelling and read it over two quick addictive sessions.

Full review nearer June publication.

Diane S ☔
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 I made the decision at the end of last year to for go many of the psychological thrillers being written. I connected to do few of them and they were all blending together in my head. So, this is one of the few I have read this year, but found myself having the same problem. Different characters telling the story, made this book, for me, choppy reading. Very seldom does this format work for me, though there have been a few exceptions. The sections narrated by Detective Andy, were nonensial,, ...more
While I was expecting "something" from this book, THE NANNY delivered something very different from what I had imagined. It was compelling. It was masterful. It was just brilliant. Just WOW!

The story begins in 1987 with 7 year old Jocelyn waking one morning to find her nanny has disappeared overnight. She is devastated and distraught, for little Jocelyn adored her Nanny Hannah, and couldn't understand what she had done to make her leave so suddenly. Hannah Burgess had worked for the Holts at Lak
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print, 2019, librarything
The Nanny is a high-tension psychological thriller full of family secrets and mysterious characters

Seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated when her beloved Nanny Hannah left her without a trace in the summer of 1988. Jocelyn grew up bitter and distant from her parents, and eventually left Lake Hall, her aristocratic home. Thirty years later, Jocelyn and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby, return to Lake Hall to recover after the death of her husband. There Joycelyn is forced to confront
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilly Macmillan triggers some of our primal fears and challenges everything we think we know in her new novel, The Nanny - Why do we tend to forget some of our childhood memories? Do we know our own mothers as well as we think we do? What are our loved ones really capable of?

Jocelyn goes back home and finds a skull - which she believes belongs to her old nanny, who disappeared without a trace 30 years ago.

Where did Nanny Hannah go?
What is Jo's mother not telling her?
What secrets are lurking
3.5 stars

I received this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jocelyn Holt has never been close to her mother, and her fondest memories of her childhood also include her old nanny Hannah, who vanished overnight when she was small. When Jocelyn is forced home to live with her aging mother and a skeleton is unearthed in the family lake, Jo begins to question whether somehow her mother was involved in Hannah's disappearance all those years ago.

The Nanny is
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is my third novel by Gilly Macmillan (one of which was just okay and one which I thought was phenomenal) and unfortunately, it completely missed the mark for me. This was a buddy read for me with Dennis and the theories I threw out before we even reached page 75 were ALL accurate. And I’m not a very good sleuth normally so that should tell you something.

The other issue for me was that this book was 400 pages. This is a story that absolutely could have been told in 300 or less (or apparentl
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delicious complexity! Just when I thought I'd figured it out, I turned the page and found out I was wrong. Read and repeat. Read and repeat. Read and repeat. Know, too, that characters this devious take the definition of dysfunctional family to a whole 'nother level.

When I first started, I groaned - out loud. Oh no, I groused- not another of those books that switches back and forth among characters and time periods. I'm still not a fan of the technique, but I have to admit the author handles it
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

Secrets, secrets and more secrets abound in this slow-build thriller! Loved it.

Jocelyn Holt was recently widowed and she must move back to England with her young daughter Ruby to live with her mother. Jo grew up in the imposing Lake Hall with her beloved father and cold mother, whom she always believed to be distant and unloving. Jo is still tormented by the sudden and traumatic departure of her beloved nanny Hannah when she was very young.

Jo is determined that her daughter will not h
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Gilly Macmillan’s books is that they are so different from each other – you never know what you will get! With THE NANNY, I was half expecting a “hands that rock the cradle” type of story, and partly it was that. On the other hand, it was a slow burning and very intriguing character study of three different women tied together by an old mystery: mother, daughter and the nanny.

Like most character driven stories that rely heavily on family dynamics and the setting, this story sta
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

This is a mystery thriller quite unlike anything I have ever read before. It is set in England, in a quiet sleepy village, and follows a family that have recently been reunited. One of the main characters named Jo, has moved back in with her mother, bringing her daughter along too, as her husband has recently died. Her father has died relatively recently too, so we mainly follow the perspectives of these three generati
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jocelyn (Jo), grew up at Lake Hall in the English countryside, with her parents, Lady and Lord Holt. They had staff to look after the house and grounds and Jo had a nanny, Hannah. But one morning she wakes and Hannah has suddenly left without a word, which leaves Jo upset for years.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to Lake Hall, with her daughter Ruby. Her father has passed away and they go to stay with her mother. While her mother appears to have softened, some of the old scars come to the surfac
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gilly Macmillan is simply brilliant!! This was my first book by her, and I was completely entranced by her writing to the point I took my kindle everywhere with me. I loved her characters, each one was so different. Wickedness flowed in the veins of some, helplessness and blindness in others.

The emotions she evoked from me rushed through my being, simply twisting by insides in a knot of panic. I could see the insidious evil, yet I could do nothing to warn the daughter Jo about nanny Hannah who
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Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times & Sunday Times bestselling author of THE NANNY (out in 2019). Also WHAT SHE KNEW (previously published as BURNT PAPER SKY in some territories), THE PERFECT GIRL, ODD CHILD OUT & I KNOW YOU KNOW.

Gilly is Edgar Award nominated and an ITW award finalist. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.

She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also live
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