Book Review OF “The Nanny” By Gilly MacMillan @TLCBookTours @WmMorrowBooks

About The Nanny

• Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (September 10, 2019)

The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan’s breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong.” — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

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.


I think this book will be great for someone new to the Thriller Genre. It’s not something that is dark, and heavy, and I know that is a fear for a lot of readers. This was a light “fluffy” Thriller, if you will. For me, I was able to predict how this book was going to play out, within just a few chapters. That being said, I do read a lot of these type of books, so my detective cap was on.

I did like how extremely fast this book read, and it was very well plotted. There is one part of the story, that I sort of feel just came out of left field, and I am not entirely sure that the plot really needed this storyline.

Overall, I gave it 3 Stars, and I appreciate TLC Book Tours for having me on the Blog Tour.

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Purchase Links

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Photo (c) 2018 Céline Nieszawer/Leextra

About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She KnewThe Perfect GirlOdd Child OutI Know You Know, and The Nanny. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

3 thoughts on “Book Review OF “The Nanny” By Gilly MacMillan @TLCBookTours @WmMorrowBooks

  1. I felt like it was a slow read but I was also surprised at how quickly I got through the book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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