The Nanny – Gilly MacMillan
When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.
Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.
Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…
In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.
This was my first Gilly Macmillan book and I stumbled across it in the 99p Kindle suggestions, and for under £1 it’s always worth a punt isn’t it! I was looking forward to getting invested in a nitty thriller but I felt this lacked it a little, it didn’t really go anywhere or leave me wondering ‘what if’ I sort of guessed the storyline from the outset and instead just read to the end to see if my suspicions would be confirmed. Which they were! I gave this one 3 stars.