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Leila Slimani

The Perfect Nanny gives it all away in the first paragraph.

First published in French in 2016, This book is a sad, cautionary tale about modern life as we know it. Two parents, not completely happy with the domesticated life they didn't plan on, entrust the care of their children to a seemingly honest and hardworking nanny. Fetish neatness, bouts of jealousy, possessiveness and over-enthusiastic play-time all leave the reader knowing that something is going to go horribly wrong with this woman. We already know how the book ends, so it with great tension as we read of the confluence, intertwining and final destruction of the five lives of people who assume their happiness depends upon each other.

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