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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Costretta a letto in seguito al difficile parto della sua prima figlia, Didi accoglie con gioia l’assistenza di Hennequin, l’infermiera di maternità che aiuta la famiglia nei dieci giorni successivi alla nascita. La convalescenza lunga e dolorosa rende Didi sempre più dipendente dalle attenzioni della donna. Ma le intenzioni di quest’ultima non sono quelle che sembrano: ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Leggereditore
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, thrilling and full of moments that shocked me, Close to the Cradle was quite a suspenseful quick read. While it might make some uncomfortable at certain points, I thought the villain was incredibly well crafted and just the right amount of crazy. Overall, a thrilling fast-paced read.

4 stars!
Lisa Jenkins
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @Netgalley and @Amazoncrossing for the ARC of close to the cradle. This book was so creepy. I cant think of anything more scary then being a brand new mom and hiring a nurse to help and she has creepy and scary motives. This book had me biting my nails. Really good with the suspense. Definitely recommend for all you thriller lovers.
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
Close to the cradle is a Dutch book translated to English. I’d describe it as a psychological thriller.

We meet three different women from different backgrounds that are all tied together:
Hennequin- a derranged midwife
Didi Vos - new mother
Miriam - police officer

POV changes quickly wasn’t with a character for long enough to get a feel for their personality at the start of the book. I can appreciate this added to the sense of danger during the book but would have liked longer to get to know
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good read that wasn’t hard to get into and stayed interesting with the continuing back and forth perspectives.

Didi is a new mother with a new maternity nurse, Hennequin. Little does she know Hennequin doesn’t have the best intentions for her and her family.

This wasn’t really surprising, a lot of the info you know at the beginning. I still was compelled to turn the pages to see how it all ends. Definitely twisty at the
Denice Langley
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the story line sounds familiar, the writing really ups the game in this thriller. Three women, all with a piece of the story, keep the tension and suspense moving quickly while setting the scenes for the final confrontations. Nova Lee Maier has developed an excellent cast of characters and then pitted them against each other to add a wicked twist to the usual good vs evil story.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ammetto che la mia prima impressione non è stata esattamente positiva, mi turbava il fatto che la "cattiva" di questo romanzo avesse già un'identità ben definita. Nonostante ciò, "La balia" riserva ugualmente innumerevoli sorprese, specialmente nel finale: è stata la parte che ho preferito, in quanto non solo mi ha tenuta col fiato sospeso, ma è stata persino capace di smuovermi qualcosa dentro. (view spoiler)
Denise  Satin
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book I have read by this author. The first was Mother Dear which was fantastic. In this book, Close to the Cradle, the author delivers another page turning, full of suspense and thrilling ride. If you read the blurb, then you know the basics and the characters involved. But the big mystery is why Hennequin Smith has decided to be a baby nurse to a brand new mother when she is very well off and being a maternity nurse is the last thing on her mind. Then there is Miriam, a police ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give it 5 stars...

I did. I wanted to give it 5 stars because it was a gripping thriller. The main character is pure evil and you know it from the start which is interesting. However, there were plot holes. Things that made the story unbelievable.
SPOILERS start now:
-though Didi didn't recognize Hennequin, Nelly definitely would have.
-Didi is just incredibly naive and stupid to the point where it is like 'Really?' I couldn't buy her character for one second.
-Miriam could have told
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and AmazonCrossing for the eARC.
Being from Holland originally, I was excited to find a book translated from the Dutch. It was a good read.
However, it made me deeply uncomfortable at times because the story involves a psychopathic woman posing as home help for families with newborns. Didi, the young mother, and her newborn, Indy, have just come home from the hospital and Hennequin is the home help, ready to assist Didi, who is incapacitated with severe pain, barely able to
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Io amo i thriller, ne leggo tanti, mi piace giocare al detective, seguire le tracce, e spesso non riesco a riconoscere il killer se non quando è lo stesso romanzo a darmi la soluzione, ma questo insolito thriller tiene il lettore incollato alle pagine, chi legge è affamato di sapere cosa spinge una persona ad essere così distaccata, fredda, calcolatrice, così razionalmente cattiva ed inquietante, fin quando non si giunge al punto in cui tutto ebbe inizio, ed è lì che tutto prende forma e poi? ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nifty little thriller about three women- Didi, a new mom who is overwhelmed and hires Hennequin, a baby nurse, who is being hunted and investigated by Miriam, a police officer who is convinced Hennequin killed her husband, Miriam's brother in order to inherit his fortune. Whew. Hennequin is obviously the one to watch here because she has no need to work. She's also, as Miriam discovers, got a long and violent history. It's not clear why she has picked Didi and why she does what she does but ...more
Doris Vandruff
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miriam is a police officer. She has suspicions that her sister in law murdered her brother. They had only been married 18 months when he fell down the stairs and died.
When she looks into Hennequin's history, she finds that her suspicions are closer to truth than fiction.
Hennequin had pushed a girl over a stairwell when she was 16. She was in youth detention for a year.
Now people have a habit of disappearing anytime she's around.
The truth of the matter is things and people aren't always how
Seton Rae
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confined to bed after a difficult pregnancy, new mother Didi considers her visiting nurse a godsend. Meanwhile, police detective Miriam looks for answers in the wake of her brother’s sudden death. The connection between these two women turns deadly in Nova Lee Maier’s “Close to the Cradle,” a tightly written thriller by a master of Dutch psychological horror. “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” meets “The Bad Seed” in a fast paced tale full of high-stakes plot twists.
Becky Stanley
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Having a maternity nurse come to stay with you after your baby is born sounds like a dream...but in this case, it was a nightmare. This was a fabulous, exciting read that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Melanie Jo
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! This book was freaking amazing. Talk about a thrill ride. I couldn't put this book down once I started. I enjoyed the characters and all the twists and turns in this story made it a really great book. I'll definitely be reading more from this author after this book.

Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jill Burgin
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated from the original Dutch novel, this story revolves around three women, - a new mother, a midwife and a detective and is told from their different points of view. Grabs you right away and the reader is only given enough information to keep you riveted u til the end. Good psychological thriller.
Beb ✨
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Era da un po' che non leggevo un thriller di questa portata. Ci ho messo un po' a entrare nella storia, a comprendere bene i personaggi. Appena ho compiuto il passo è stato un susseguirsi di colpi di scena ed emozioni che non mi hanno fatto togliere gli occhi di dosso dal libro. Appoggiarlo era diventato davvero difficile.

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Cristie Underwood
This was a thriller that was full of twists and turns. It features a new mom and a creepy nurse that is "helping" her. I kept telling myself "one more page" with this one and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting because I just had to know how it ended. Definitely make sure you have enough time to read this in one sitting because it is impossible to put down!
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
creepy, thrilling and so many moments i was like (emoji face, the shocked one here!) i enjoyed the suspense. a very fast paced read. the chance to read/listen in you have KU service. check it out!not my go 2 genre, but will check that sort out every once n a while!
Michelle Newbill
I received an ARC from Good Reads. Excellent book!!! Very well written! I was captivated the entire time. I had a hard time putting it down. Lots of twists and turns to keep you on your feet. I definitely recommend reading this book!
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Close to the Cradle” was a fast paced, intense, edge of your seat book. It was well written and had me sucked in from the start. I highly recommend this book and will be searching for other books to read by this author.
Michaela Twigg
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Couldn't put it down.

This book has so many twists turns and surprises that I was gripped from beginning to the end. It was a fabulous thriller that even had friends gripped as they wanted updates on the antics of Hennequin. Thoroughly recommended.
Cathy Thompson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mesmerizing horrifying thriller that will keep you perched on the edge of your seat !! Thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book ! #Netgalley #AmazonPublishingUK
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Brilliantly woven together... I’m absolutely in love with this author... not your typical thriller... it’s much much more! Please translate MORE of her work into English.
Heather Bennett
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Close to the Cradle is a fantastic thriller that is really creepy. The characters are well developed and the storyline is entertaining.
L A Messenger
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense but exciting

A really good read - I couldn't put it down once I got started. The scary thing I could believe it happening. Read and find out for yourself xxx
linda faff
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother

Boring. The writing just drones on and on. The characters are very one dimensional. It doesn't help that the reader is unfamiliar with the location.

Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Attraction?

This read will keep your attention! Thank you for creating it as an audio book. It will keep you thinking even after it ends.
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Unusual book - thriller.
Very satisfying read. Recommended
Linda Leone
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. I ended up really enjoying it and was eager to see the ending.
Thank you to netgalley for the arc .
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