The number-one bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt – a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood.
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WINNER OF THE DEBUT NOVEL OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2019
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOVEL OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.
When Myriam, a brilliant lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband look for a nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint and hosts enviable birthday parties. But as the couple and their nanny become more and more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, until Myriam and Paul’s idyllic domesticity is shattered . . .
The smartest thriller you’ll read all year.
Compulsively readable. I read it in one sitting.
Thrilling . . . Intelligent and unerringly humane.
I defy you to read the disturbing opening sentences and not be compelled to read on.
A remarkable novel . . . dark, ambitious, disturbing and arresting.
A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good.
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