When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family's beautiful apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau....
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The Perfect Nanny Reviews
Bon bon bon, comment vous dire ? Je crois que sur ce coup là, le train est parti sans moi. C'est délicat de dire que j'ai été peu voir pas convaincue face à un sujet qui ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Pourtant c'est bien le cas.
Si les deux premières pages sont percutantes, la suite est un enchaînement de descriptions qui se laisse lire mais ne m'a pas permise d'entrer complètement dans cette sordide histoire. Je n'ai pas ressenti cette "montée en puissance" dont la majorité des personnes ...more
Demaskierung der Perfektion und der Gesellschaft
Das Psychogramm einer psychisch kranken Frau wird hier peu á peu offen gelegt.
Myriam möchte nach der Geburt des 2. Kindes wieder arbeiten gehen und sucht deshalb gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann Paul ein geeignetes Kindermädchen. In Louise scheinen sie eine wundervolle Perle gefunden zu haben. Sie bewältigt schlichtweg alles in der Kindererziehung und im Haushalt. Immer mit einem Lächeln auf dem Gesicht.
Louise geht es nicht gut. Sie lebt in einem schäbige ...more
Birdlike, blonde Louise, hardly bigger than a girl herself, is a magician with children. At her interview with the busy Massé parents in their Paris apartment, she gently takes the squalling baby Adam from his father's arms, calming him instantly, and entices the toddler Mila out of hiding by pretending that she is a princess who has disappeared. Myriam, the children's mother, returns from her first day back at work as an advocate to find that Louise has totally tidied the cramped apart ...more
I still have chills days after finishing THE PERFECT NANNY. I’ve skipped over this novel many times thinking it would be the old “hand that rocks the cradle” plot. I could not have been more wrong. This unusual book got under my skin in the quietest, creepiest way possible and it deserves nothing less than 5 stars.
The story opens with a brief graphic scene of violence depicting the death of two young children at the hands of their nanny. I almost put down the book, I was afraid it wou ...more
Myriam and Paul are the parents of two small children. When Myriam decides to go back to work, a search begins for a nanny.
Never did they think they would find anyone as perfect as Louise. She's young, she's quite efficient, and she has a way with the children. She cooks, she cleans, she goes over and beyond what her duties actually are. Myriam and Paul are delighted and can't believe how lucky they are.
But there's something about Louise ... something that bothers the parents. She seems to resen ...more
I only recently heard of Leïla Slimani when French president Emmanuel Macron gave her the position of Francophone affairs minister. The Morocco-born author won the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary award for her second novel, Chanson douce, which has just now been translated into English and given the title Lullaby. It is known as The Perfect Nanny in the USA.
So I had to read this novel for myself and find out if I could believe the hype.... And I'm pleased to say that this absolutely lives up ...more
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“The baby is dead.”
I’m not exactly sure how I ended up with this book. I thought it must have been one of the suggestions from the library for the “Shelf of Suspects” challenge, but I just double-checked and it is not. Whatever way I ended up with it, I have to say that is one doozy of an opening line. I also have to say if you’re expecting a story like this . . . .
As I will freely admit I was, you’re not going to find it ...more
4 slower-building, but gripping, stars to The Perfect Nanny! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Perfect Nanny opened with the what. There was a horrific scene to behold in this family’s home. For the entire book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering the why with tons of ambiguity and build-up at a slower-moving pace. Louise seems to be epitome of the perfect nanny, but people aren’t always who and what they appear to be. The side messages on class, privilege, and child rearing in France were interesting.
This had all ...more