The Perfect Nanny
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
For me this book had a lot of issues and it was hard to move past them. Yes, there is good tension here. But the characters are one dimensional. Mila is the only one who has flesh. The beginning of the book starts with a violent death. For every page I turned after that I was wondering who the killer was. Maybe that was the point, but the result was that I wasn’t allowed to settle into the story. I have to wonder, if that introduction was eliminated, maybe the book would have taken on a different tone for me. More storytelling and less ‘who done it’ and the reading race to find out. I also found that Louise was too extreme and her past and how it was inserted was awkward. Often unnecessary. Sensationalistic. Did all that provide motivation for the dirty deed? I didn’t think so.
The comment that a reader could tell this was written by a mother made me laugh. This mother makes it clear she really didn’t want kids and resents them. Sure, there are tough times for all moms and we all sink into that diaper bin and we all struggle with daycare etc. But I resented that this was ‘all moms’. Not even close.
So the book didn’t hold credibility for me, and that is important. A good read for travelling? I guess. But there were too many holes for me and too many disconnects and moments created for shock and awe, that really didn’t shock and awe.
I mean any book is an achievement!!! I still am not sure how some get published with Penguin and a fantastic book sits in obscurity.
Read this one for yourself, even with a suspension of disbelief, see what you think.
(first posted on Goodreads)