The Perfect Nanny - Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny

By Leïla Slimani

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 776 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 and Sex and Lies


  • Nonsensical

    By bailey1469
    Too many holes left open. No actual ending.
  • Disappointed

    By lexiesowers
    This book was very scattered. It was hard to make out timing of events, visualize the characters, and hard to follow who was speaking and at what point in time they were in. I felt it had a lot of added things that in the end had no point to the story at all and just left me with more questions. The ending was very disappointing and unsettling but not in a cliff hanger way but just a missed opportunity for a better ending. -ps I can’t spell or right well so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
  • The Perfect Nanny

    By shay1014
    Great read but ending sucked, it’s like all that for nothing in the end
  • Terrible

    By kandyfox72
    Terrible don’t waste your money!!
  • The Perfect Nanny

    By Brook Gee
    Having been a NY professional who hired a nanny to care for our newborn through the age of 2, I appreciated everything about this novel. The author presents the social issues judiciously, which may explain the low star reviews. The Perfect Nanny isn’t the salacious read most expect from this genre imo. It isn’t a good fit for someone looking for a graphic true crime, villain gets what she deserves type of story. I found it a compelling read and had no issues with the ending. The social issues that led to the tragedy were perfectly executed. That’s the story.
  • Horrible ending

    By Mdlfidl
    Terrible waste of time. No plot twist, everything on page one tells you everything about the book. Worst book I’ve read.
  • I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending

    By imapineapplexo
    I really liked this book, just wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. I wish there was more of an explanation... being vague to avoid spoilers
  • 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