The Perfect Nanny - Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny

Artist Leïla Slimani

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 309 Ratings


*One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review*

*National Bestseller*

“A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

“A book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“One of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.
When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.

The #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, by the author of Adèle


  • Waste

    By dancerasa
    I will literally read anything and have never reviewed a book negatively but wow. No wrap up, literally just stopped, almost as if in mid thought. Should’ve read reviews before buying. Don’t waste your time with this one
  • The Perfect Nanny

    By JFoxyone
    So many details that appeared they may be significant and had no connection to the storyline. The last two chapters are disconnected and the ending is abrupt. Leaving the reader to wonder or guess the ending would be acceptable, but this appears incomplete.
  • Horrible ending! Ridiculous, I want my money back!,, so

    By darlagmay
  • Perfect Nanny

    By susanmtc
    Story of despicable people responsible for children’s deaths
  • The perfect nanny

    By Discriminating Reader
    An exceptionally engrossing read. Beautifully written...... It kept me on the edge of my seat.
  • Horrible Ending

    By dhayz313
    There is nothing worse than a really good book with a horrible ending! So mad.
  • The perfect nanny

    By d!s!70
    This book had no ending it stopped mid story no conclusion what so ever an epic waste of money. Absolutely no cohesion between majority of book and last two chapters
  • Anticlimactic

    By Crazycardfan
    Spoiler alert- The book leads up to the “event” but never reveals what happened or why. Snooze...
  • The Perfect Nanny

    By Readingbythesea
    Not a bad story, would not recommend, I guess I wanted to know what the nanny was thinking would happen with children gone!
  • Unique Thriller

    By Dr.Mrs.Afi
    This novel was eery from the first pages, engrossing, and heartbreaking. The nanny is at once loathsome and loving. How? That’s the power of this uber-talented novelist. I did not want this fast-paced story to end.