Friday, February 9, 2024

BLOG TOUR - The Perfect Nanny


“My baby! You stole my baby!” Lara Smith is hysterical, her red lipstick smeared. A teddy lies abandoned in the empty crib. But I wasn't hired to look after a baby. I didn’t even know this nursery existed…

Lara’s husband calls the police and screams: “The nanny has taken our little girl.”

I’m frozen in shock. This is impossible. I was only meant to be looking after the Smiths' nine-year-old twins…

I'm certain that earlier this evening when they left for their fancy event—Lara in high heels and a floor-length gown, Corbin in a tux—they never mentioned a baby. And they definitely didn’t show me this nursery room, up in the eaves of their sprawling, beachfront mansion.

But their angelic blonde twins are now blinking at me in matching horror, and my heart pounds painfully as handcuffs snap shut around my wrists.

As I'm pushed towards the waiting police car, I look back one last time and meet Lara's eyes. Am I imagining the cold calculation in them?

I try to swallow my panic. Why was I really hired for this job?

And then an even more chilling thought races through my mind. Do Lara and Corbin know who I really am? Because if they do, my life is in terrible danger…

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will get your heart racing like crazy. Prepare yourself for jaw-dropping, mind-blowing twists! Perfect for fans of addictive page-turners like The Housemaid, The Family Across the Street and The Family Upstairs.


Title:   The Perfect Nanny
Author:  Shari J. Ryan
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   374
Date of Publication:   February 9, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars

Haley Vaughn is nearly done earning her degree in psychology, and wants to work with children. She gets a nanny job that starts off babysitting for twin nine-year-old girls. The mother is Lara Smith and she asks Haley to babysit the girls one evening at first to see whether or not she would be a good fit for the family.

When Haley arrives, she meets the girls and there are only a couple of rules. At the end of the night after arriving home, the father Corbin panics - "where is she?! Haley has no idea what he is talking about. The twins are tucked safely in beds and the night went rather well in her opinion. Panic increases and Haley is confused.

There is a missing baby. A missing baby? Haley didn't know anything about a baby. She was hired to babysit the twins and when she arrived she met the girls, and there was absolutely no evidence of a baby. Lara never indicated there was a third child, nor did the girls. Lara is insistent that Haley has done something to her baby.

Manipulation is key in this latest psychological thriller by Shari J. Ryan. Then the reader just might wonder if the style of this book leads to an unreliable narrator. Is Haley to be trusted? Did she actually know abut the baby? What about the parents, Lara and Corbin? Is something more afoot?

This exciting thriller leads the reader down a path of confusion, and that makes this book impossible to put down. This is especially the case when it becomes apparent that Haley is not who she said she is. Then there is the behavior of the twins. What is it about them that makes this book a chilling read?

If you want a book with excellent pacing, with more than one jaw-dropping twist thrown in, then look no further than The Perfect Nanny.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


USA Today and International Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, is known for her captivating World War Two Historical Fiction, Women’s Romance Fiction, and gripping Psychological Thriller novels. Each series and standalone contains a wide range of dark suspense and heartbreaking emotions. 

Shari has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University and started her career as a graphic artist and freelance writer until 2012 when she discovered her passion for writing books. Since then, she has been captivating readers with her compelling storytelling and has written over thirty-five novels with translated publications in twelve languages.

Shari’s talent and dedication have earned her a place on the USA Today Bestseller List, as well as rankings in Amazon’s Top 100, Barnes & Noble’s Top Ten, and iBooks at number one. She has also received two Rone awards for her outstanding work.

Some of Shari’s bestselling books include: “The Stolen Twins,” The Bookseller of Dachau,” “The Doctor’s Daughter,” “The Girl with the Diary,” “Prison Child,” “The Soldier’s Letters,” and “The Lieutenant’s Girl.” These gripping novels are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Shari, a lifelong Boston girl lives in a small town in the suburbs and has a loving marriage with her adored husband. Together, they have two incredible young sons who make make her feel like the luckiest woman in the world. 

To learn more about Shari J. Ryan and her captivating books, visit her official website at

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