Review | The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Hello, fellow readers! Reading has not been a huge priority lately (back-to-school teacher tired has me too exhausted to focus!), but I finished The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani last week. My understanding is this book was originally published in French and translated to English. I was really intrigued by the story and it is a really short book, so I expected this to be a quick read.

Description: Myriam, a lawyer, decides she wants to return to work after having children. She and her husband search for a nanny to help them take care of the children so they can both continue their careers. They find Louise, a perfect nanny who gives the children 110% of her love and time. The couple begins to wonder how they ever coped without Louise in their life.

What I Liked: .The first chapter really drew me in. The book begins with, “The baby is dead.” If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.

What I Didn’t Like: This book was unbelievably boring and slow to have only been 200 or so pages. I was really engaged in the first 50 pages, but eventually the book becomes more of a character study and less of a story. The point of the book is to discover why the nanny killed the children, but I honestly felt like we never really got there.

Final Thoughts: I gave this book two stars, which might seem harsh, but I really didn’t like this book. It should not have felt like a chore to read because it was so short, but I could not make myself pick this book up each night. There are so many rave reviews, but this didn’t live up to that hype for me. Definitely more of a slow burn with little pay off in the end and not a fast paced, tense mystery/thriller.

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