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"The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong." — Tess...
"The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong." — Tess...
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  • "The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong." — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

    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 parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

    Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

    Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo's world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother...

    In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you'd rather hear the lie.

About the Author-

  • Gilly Macmillan is the internationally bestselling author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, and The Nanny. She resides in Bristol, England.

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  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2019

    In 1988, seven-year-old Hannah was shattered by the abrupt departure of her nanny and, when she comes of age, bitterly abandons her parents and their ancestral digs. Years later, as she is trying to mend her relationship with her mother, the discovery of human remains and a disturbing visit set the past spinning again. With a 125,000-copy first printing; from the best-selling author of What She Knew.

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 8, 2019
    One morning in 1987, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt, the heroine of this devastating psychological thriller from bestseller Macmillan (I Know You Know), wakes up in Lake Hall, her family’s English mansion, to find her beloved nanny, Hannah Burgess, gone. Strangely, Jo’s aristocratic parents find nothing sinister about Hannah’s disappearance. Years later, Jo, who deeply resents her emotionally distant mother, moves to California, where she falls in love with Chris, with whom she has a daughter, Ruby. Jo never forgets Hannah, and when Chris dies suddenly, Jo returns to Lake Hall with Ruby. The girl enrolls in primary school while Jo reacclimatizes herself to the British culture. One day, the two of them are relaxing on the shore of the lake when they find a human skull. The police come to investigate. Does the skull belong to Hannah? Are the Holt parents implicated in her death? Macmillan expertly ratchets up the tension as long-held secrets come to light. Readers will have a tough time putting this one down. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada).

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2019
    When a skull is discovered in the lake by a manor house, a 30-year-old mystery comes to light. When Jo's husband dies suddenly, she reluctantly brings her 10-year-old daughter, Ruby, home to Lake Hall. Despite the seeming affluence of her aristocratic family, Jo's memories of her childhood are mostly unhappy, especially after her beloved nanny, Hannah, left under mysterious circumstances. Despite her mother's frosty warnings, Jo takes Ruby out on the lake one day, and they unearth a human skull. The detective who comes to investigate has a chip on his shoulder about the upper class and would like nothing better than to prove the village rumors that the Holt family has casually disposed of inconvenient bodies throughout the years. Jo's mother knows exactly to whom the skull belongs--and she wants to keep the truth from Jo as long as possible. Jo herself suspects it might belong to Hannah, who never would have left her voluntarily--but then suddenly, out of the blue, a handsome older woman turns up on their doorstep, claiming to be Hannah. No one is quite sure what to believe, but Jo, desperately wanting to rekindle the closeness she once had with Hannah and chafing against the coldness of her mother, invites the woman into her home to help care for Ruby--a mistake, we know, of catastrophic proportions. Macmillan (I Know You Know, 2018, etc.) strives to create a gothic atmosphere, but the setting falls short of true creepiness. Her decision to switch narrators does add layers to the story, but the voices all seem to tell more than they show, and no character is sympathetic enough, or charismatic enough, to really draw the reader into the mystery. Art forgery! False identities! Adultery! Murder! But in the end, sadly, it's more melodrama than true thriller.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from August 1, 2019
    When your nanny is getting too close to your daughter (not to mention your husband), perhaps it's time to get rid of her, permanently. At the bottom of a lake will do nicely, won't it? And that's precisely what Virginia (ahem, Lady Virginia) does when nanny Hannah becomes a problem. Some 30 years later, after the death of Virginia's husband, her daughter, Jo, shows up back at the crumbling family estate with her own child in tow. And?surprise, surprise?not long after the pair arrive, so does Hannah. Or does she? Because they just fished the skeletal remains of a young woman out of the lake. Virginia isn't sure if she's going mad, or if someone's playing a cruel joke on her. Using a smooth mix of flashbacks and alternate points of view (readers get to hear from Jo, Virginia, and Hannah in equal turns, as well as from the detective trying to get to the bottom of the decades-old murder case), Macmillan fills this story with unreliable characters and red herrings. There are also delicious British suspense tropes on display: rural resentment of the local rich people, closets full of skeletons, shady business dealings, false memories, fake identities. Who could ask for more?(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • Tess Gerritsen,  New York Times bestselling author of The Shape of Night "The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of "Downton Abbey" gone very, very wrong."
  • Liv Constantine, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish "Gilly Macmillan is a master of creating tension so exquisitely unbearable I had to force myself not to skip ahead. Brilliant, gripping, and terrifying."
  • Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door "With its buried secrets, shifting allegiances, and creeping sense of dread, The Nanny pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion. I absolutely loved it!"
  • Ruth Ware, New York Times Bestselling Author "Dark, twisty and full of characters you'll love to hate, The Nanny is the perfect read for a chilly winter's night."
  • Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Before She Was Found "Exploding with secrets, The Nanny by master storyteller Gilly Macmillan has everything you dream for in a thriller...You won't be able to rest until the final, spine-tingling conclusion."
  • Lou Berney, award-winning author of November Road "The Nanny is a chilling, heartbreaking, beautifully layered suspense novel. It's sharply observed and absolutely absorbing, with jolts that knock you off your feet and characters who never fail to surprise."
  • Booklist "Macmillan fills this story with unreliable characters and red herrings. There are also delicious British suspense tropes on display: rural resentment of the local rich people, closets full of skeletons, shady business dealings, false memories, fake identities. Who could ask for more?"
  • Publishers Weekly "Macmillan expertly ratchets up the tension as long-held secrets come to light. Readers will have a tough time putting this one down."
  • Library Journal "Macmillan is a master of suspense, and this latest engrossing tale does not disappoint. Stock up on multiple copies."
  • Associated Press "Enthralling... Sophisticated plotting and believable characters elevate The Nanny as a solid family drama.... Macmillan wisely doles out clues leading to a surprising finale."
  • Popular Culture Association "There are many dark secrets and deceptions to be uncovered, and the tension gets almost unbearable, up until the shocking conclusion. As usual for Gilly Macmillan's work, this one is highly recommended."
  • Criminal Element "In The Nanny, Macmillan does a superb job of creating questions in the reader, then answering those questions, only to create more questions. Just when you think you've got it figured out, there's a new wrench in the plan, a new point of view to consider, a new clue that will lead the reader somewhere else."
  • Red Carpet Crash "Gilly Macmillan has written a sordid, suspenseful thriller with so many twists and turns you don't see coming. This is one book you won't be able to put down once you start reading it!"
  • POPSUGAR "The Nanny delivers the kind of white-knuckled suspense that keeps you up night after night."
  • Birmingham Magazine on The Perfect Girl "[A] taut psychological thriller"
  • Birmingham magazine on What She Knew "A clever, dark, compulsive read. . . . If you liked All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, you'll also enjoy this one."
  • Rosamund Lupton on What She Knew "A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters — for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it's a must read."
  • Bookreporter.com on Odd Child Out [H]ard to put down the book... The storyline is intriguing, full of twists and turns, and readers will become fully invested in these characters, all of whom are interesting in their own right."
  • Sullivan County Democrat on Odd Child Out "intricately worked out and impossible to put down"
  • Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, on Odd Child Out "Subtle, nuanced writing and a compelling, timely story taut with tension—Odd Child Out is a hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!"
  • Kirkus Reviews on Odd Child Out "The story is emotionally compelling and Macmillan nails the complexity of adolescent friendship."
  • RT Book Reviews on Odd Child Out "This is a fascinating book focusing on the aftermath of the Somalian concentration camps and the effect it held on those who were involved... Macmillan changes the course of direction of the story several times, which makes for interesting reading. The characterizations are vivid and come alive on the page."
  • Library Journal (starred review) on Odd Child Out "With characters who are sympathetic and believable, Macmillan's latest will keep readers in suspense to the very end. Highly recommended."
  • Booklist on Odd Child Out "A gripping look at grief, friendship, and class divides. Macmillan excels at getting into the minds of...

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