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The Nanny

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  16,996 ratings  ·  2,035 reviews
The tension is simmering. The lies are piling up. Who do you trust?

'With its buried secrets, shifting allegiances, and creeping sense of dread, The Nanny pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion. I absolutely loved it!' SHARI LAPENA

Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother.
When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never g
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by William Morrow
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lala BooksandLala
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! ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars! I LOVED this book!

This book had all the elements of a perfect read for me. Exquisite, slow burn, creep under your skin writing. Old countryside manor house. Gothic, tension-filled atmosphere. Mysterious characters. Old family secrets discovered. This was right up my alley!

This novel follows the prestigious Holt family. The Holts hire Nanny Hannah to look after their only daughter, Jo, who develops a deep bond that outshines her relationship with her own mother. Nanny Hannah shocks eve
Slow-burn, upsetting, & deceptively appealing!

I fell in love with Gilly Macmillan and her books after reading WHAT SHE KNEW and since have subsequently read or have snatched myself up all of her other books so I have them on hand. I have a habit of “collecting” author’s books after loving one. I did have every intention of reading them but some of my ARC’s have gotten in the way of reading authors that I favour and enjoy. So I was beyond ecstatic when I received a physical ARC of THE NANNY.

Sumit RK
Nannies make great characters in fiction because they’re outsiders who’ve been invited into the heart of a family. If the word Nanny reminds you of Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee or even Fran Drescher (you remember), then this book may force you to do a rethink.

Jo’s beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, Haunted by the loss, Jo eventually left her parents and her home behind. Thirty years later, Jo returns to her house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jo was seven years old when her nanny, Hannah, left years ago. The loss disconnected her, and as soon as she could, she left her family and those memories at Lake Hall behind.

Over thirty years later, Jo is back at Lake Hall where she has to face her mother. At the same time, human remains are found in a lake on the property and what could that mean?

This is immediately followed by a visitor showing up and tearing Jo’s world apart all over again. Her mission becomes finding out just who her nanny
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joey R.
2.5 stars — I decided to give Gilly Macmillan another chance after being less than thrilled with “What She Knew” when I read it a few years ago. “The Nanny”, like all of Ms. Macmillan’s books, has a good premise. Jo, a newly widowed mother, and her daughter, Ruby, are forced to move back to England to live with her estranged widowed mother after being left financially destitute when her husband died. The drama begins when early in her stay, Jo and her daughter find a dead body in the lake outsid ...more
Diane S ☔
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
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book started out well and won my attention when all of the characters are introduced. I liked that each of the characters possesses his/her own unique personalities. I smiled at Detective Andy's humor on wealthy people and felt angry at Jo for her blind loyalty. This story was a page turner for me up until the middle of the book and then it began to drag. I don't enjoy all that arts stuff.

This book started with a prologue. Then the story begins, told in the third person point of view follo
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly  B

3.25 STARS

It was okay! I enjoyed some parts quite a bit and others were way far-fetched. The audio version made it more enjoyable.

Pretty standard, but the nanny certainly added some creepiness. What is it about Nannies?

I did skim several parts that were just a bit wordy for me.

I would like to read more from the author. This was a library loan and I had the Audible version for when I was traveling.

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
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now you see her.

Now you don't.

Gilly Macmillan presents a whirlwind game of musical chairs through a sharply faceted range of hard-to-pinpoint characters. Some travel light and some seem to drag in copious amounts of weighted baggage. Baggage with their own nametags and baggage from anonymous sources.

Jocelyn, also known as Jo, is stumbling out of the shocking corridor of recent widowhood. She and her young daughter, Ruby, are leaving California behind in order to rebuild a life once again in the
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
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. T ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

When you spend your entire life making comments like this . . . .

Not everything ends up being a winner. My mediocre reaction to this one can probably be blamed on the fact that I have read quite a few stories revolving around . . . .

And, unfortunately, when it comes to stories of caretakers who just up and went “poof” in the night, I kinda liked The Au Pair better.

This book was perfectly fine - it just didn’t blow m
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 tim
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nanny was my first book by Gilly Macmillan and my first thriller in a long time.

The audiobook was narrated by two female narrators and one male, who all did a marvelous job. From the very beginning I was divided between Jocelyn and her mother Virginia. Both were interesting characters, but the more the book advanced the more I was rooting for the mother.

Jo, was in an interesting situation. Her relationship with her mother has deteriorate ever since her nanny Hannah disappeared one day. The o
Louise Wilson
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a b ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forced to return to the family home after her husbands death, Jocelyn must try and make the best of the situation for her daughter Ruby even though her relationship with her antagonist mother Virginia is testing at the best of times.

This all stems from the closeness Jo had former with her former nanny Hannah as a child, that was until the nanny mysterious disappeared one night.

One of the strongest aspects of the book is the relationship between mother and daughter, seeing how Jo reacts as Ruby b
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilly Macmillan is now a favourite of mine in this Genre she wwrites a slow burn prose of a dysfunctional family with servants to boot ( i wish) and an arsy bartsy posh lifestyle, again (i wish) All in all a fabulous read for those who like family drama.
Highly recommend.
Katie B
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Gilly MacMillan is an author I've wanted to check out for awhile now. I was hoping to read an earlier book of hers first but my library hold for her latest novel came up sooner than I had planned. Unfortunately I didn't end up up loving this one, due in part to my dislike for the main character, but I do think the author has some creativity in her writing and I definitely still want to read her earlier works.

Seven year old Jocelyn loves her nanny and therefore is devastated when the nanny leaves
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
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
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I imagine that the greatest compliment you could pay an author would be that you couldn’t put their book down. I couldn’t and Wimbledon is on and I love tennis but this book just had to be read! As the title implies the story centres around Hannah, nanny to Jocelyn, daughter of Lord and Lady Holt of Lake Hall a sort of Downton Abbey pile. Hannah is your worst nightmare- a manipulative, cruel, malicious, envious deceiver who covets the rich husbands and lures them in.

The story is told from then
Judith E
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, escapism
An ingenious plot with Gothic, aristocratic, highly dysfunctional, criminal characters.

And, all the signs are there, so for the love of God, why doesn’t she listen to her daughter?!?

4.5 stars.
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
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
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
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Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times & Sunday Times bestselling author of TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THE NANNY, 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 lived in

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