Title: Nanny Dearest
Author: Flora Collins
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
In this compulsively readable novel of domestic suspense, a young woman takes comfort in reconnecting with her childhood nanny, until she starts to uncover secrets the nanny has been holding for twenty years.
Sue Keller is lost. When her father dies suddenly, she’s orphaned in her mid-twenties, her mother already long gone. Then Sue meets Annie. It’s been twenty years, but Annie could never forget that face. She was Sue’s live-in nanny at their big house upstate, and she loved Sue like she was her own.
Craving connection and mothering, Sue is only too eager to welcome Annie back into her life; but as they become inseparable once again, Sue starts to uncover the truth about Annie’s unsettling time in the Keller house all those years ago, particularly the manner of her departure—or dismissal. At the same time, she begins to grow increasingly alarmed for the safety of the two new charges currently in Annie’s care.
Told in alternating points of views—Annie in the mid-’90s and Sue in the present day—this taut novel of suspense will keep readers turning the pages right up to the shocking end.
Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins is a thriller novel. The story in this book is told by alternating the point of view between two of the characters and also in a dual timeline format with one character in the present day and the other in the past.
Sue Keller lost her mother at an early age and was raised by her single father. Now that Sue is in her twenties though she has become an orphan with her father also now having passed away. One day Sue runs into a woman who seems to know her and claims to have once been her nanny. Sue has vague memories of Annie from her childhood and decides that it wouldn’t hurt to get to know her better now.
For me reading Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins was entertaining but I found one thing to bring my rating down to three and a half stars and that was I felt I knew what was coming the entire time. Perhaps it’s just me again but in the end I didn’t find anything that surprised me to really think of it as suspenseful. The story did flow well and engage me though as I read so I did enjoy it overall but just wished for more surprise.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Flora Collins was born and raised in New York City and has never left, except for a four-year stint at Vassar College. When she’s not writing, she can be found watching reality shows that were canceled after one season or attempting to eat soft-serve ice cream in bed (sometimes simultaneously). Nanny Dearest is her first novel, and draws upon personal experiences from her own family history.
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