The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan || Book Review

I found the blurb to be very catching and checked the book out of the library. Who doesn’t like a good mystery about a missing person?

This was a quick and easy read, and even though I finished the book in a day or so, it wasn’t as wonderful as I had hoped it would be.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter N in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 2019

Pages: 448
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother.
When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss.
How could she vanish without saying goodbye?

Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren’t what they seemed.

What secrets was her nanny hiding – and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her?


My perspective on the characters changed from the time I started reading the book and finishing it.

At first I really felt sorry for Jo, she’d had a tough break and her mother seemed like a very horrid person. It made sense why she had wanted to get away from her for so many years until circumstances pushed her back to her family.

Then the feelings changed to liking the mother, Virginia, whose character you might end up hating in the beginning but you start warming up to her as her secrets come to light and you understand her actions. At this stage, I really started disliking Jo, purely around her attitude towards everything and her demeanour was portrayed in a different light to me.

There was an interesting build up of events in the book and slowly but surely pieces of the puzzle started being revealed.

I still don’t understand the scenes with the detectives. With such a high case at hand, you’d think police would’ve been more involved than just a few short chapters. Had these characters in the book not been added, the book would’ve been the same.

The ending of the book was a little too neat and perfect for such an extreme case, and it could’ve used a little cliffhanger to make it right. This is mainly where a star was lost. Also the book had predictable parts, revelations you could see from a mile away which was disappointing and added on to me lowering the rating for the book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.71 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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