The Nanny: An absolutely unputdownable, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller by Ruth Heald
As I clutched baby Chloe’s blanket, tears streamed down my face as I remembered what happened the night she disappeared. Looking up at the apartment block I once called home, my mind was crowded with memories. David’s words echoed in my head, telling me to get out and never come back. I understood why: our mistake had ruined everything.
When I accepted a job working as a nanny for David and Julie and their young children, I was excited to be making my own way in the world. I bonded with baby Chloe instantly and would have done anything for her. She had David's thick, dark hair and smiling eyes. I fell in love with her and was excited for my future.
But when a terrible mistake led to Chloe disappearing, I was instantly blamed. With no evidence, I was let go and I returned home to rebuild my life.
Twenty years later and I am still haunted by what happened. I have a family of my own now and I’ve worked hard to be the best wife and mother I can be, but I’ve never forgotten the child who stole my heart.
Then a young woman arrives on my doorstep and the past secret that I have kept from my family comes hurtling into my present.
I try to tell myself that I am overreacting. But the woman in front of me looks so much like David. Who is she and why is she here? And if I welcome her in, will she want to be a part of my life, or destroy it?
A totally addictive psychological thriller that will have you reading late into the night. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and Shalini Boland.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 351
Date of Publication: September 8, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
In this thrilling book by Ruth Heald, Haley Taylor's disturbing past is about to upset the balance of her rather normal life. She is a happily married woman with little girl named Alice. Not only does Alice keep Haley busy, she also cares for her ailing mother, who has moved in with Haley's small family.
Due to the fact that finances are tight in the family, Haley and her husband decide to rent out a room. By so doing they meet Johanna. Haley cannot stop thinking that Johanna looks like someone from her past. This is rather upsetting to Haley, as her past is one that she'd rather forget. More than just the familiarity she feels around Johanna, her new lodger shares a revelation. This revelation could upset everything about Haley‘s life thus making her past and present collide.
As this thrilling story is delivered in dual timeline fashion, Haley‘s past as a nanny and the tragedy that she experienced during that time comes into play. That bad experience has created a huge measure of guilt that Haley has lived with for nearly two decades.
With excellent pacing, a compelling story, an intriguing setting and strong characters, The Nanny captured my attention from beginning to end. As fabulous as this story was, the ending was a great surprise, thus making this book one that I highly recommend.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ruth Heald is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers THE WEDDING, I KNOW YOUR SECRET, THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE and THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, and the relationship drama 27: SIX FRIENDS, ONE YEAR.
Ruth studied Economics at Oxford University and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. She worked at the BBC for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.
You can connect with Ruth on Twitter @RJ_Heald, or Facebook /RJHealdauthor