Madeline Stevens

A captivating debut novel about a woman who falls into an overwhelming mutual obsession with the Upper East Side mother who hires her as a nanny.

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‘Sexy-but-literary’ Sunday Times
‘Complex and psychologically taut’ Observer
‘Sensual and unsettling’ The Scotsman
‘[A] literary psychological smoulderer’ Metro

Desire. Deception. Destruction. Devotion.

Ella is 26, lonely, hungry and far from home. Lonnie is also 26, but rich, talented and beautiful – with a husband and son to match.

Their fates intertwine the day Ella is hired as the family’s nanny. She finds herself mesmerised by Lonnie’s girlish affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage, but soon resentment grows too.

Crackling with sensuality and suspense, Madeline Stevens’s debut novel is a dizzying thriller in which roles are confused and reversed and nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Critic Reviews

Edgy voyeurism sets the tone for this sexy-but-literary take on the lifestyle-envy psychological thriller.

Sunday Times
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Complex and psychologically taut.

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Dark and sexy... like a Leonard Cohen song in a second-hand designer dress.

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‘A well-written debut [with] the pulse of a slow burning thriller… a claustrophobic character study in class and inequality.’

Daily Mail
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Sensual and unsettling… a sense of unease persists throughout, as though at any moment tragedy might strike.

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A creepy, suspenseful and thoroughly absorbing read. Following a nanny mesmerised by her employer, this is a tale about resentment, obsession and the dark, destructive side of desire. This is one slow burner that will hook you in from the very beginning and refuse to let you go.

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Madeline Stevens is a writer from Boring, Oregon, currently based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and her work has been published in a variety of literary magazines. She spent seven years working as a nanny in New York City. Devotion is her first novel.

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