Lullaby by Leila Slimani
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery,
Publication Date: January 4th 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.
The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve had this book on my TBR list for a while now but I couldn’t get it from my library until now. It seems to be a very popular book at my local library.
The very first chapters opens with a horrific introduction of two young children have been murdered in the home.
The story is told in the third person, with a writing style and the fast paced narration made it a compelling read.This book is originally written in French, and translated into English bySam Taylor, who has done a wonderful. I would love to read the original French version, but my lingual skills do stretch that far.
Even though I was hooked on reading this book from the beginning there was a time in the middle where it lost its way and I lost a bit of interest. Also, I was disappointed by the ending. It sort of just ended without much of a conclusion.
Overall an enjoyable quick read that I would recommend but just be aware that if you like your books to end with a tidy conclusion, then this isn’t the book for you. Also, if you have a nanny to look after your children then I would avoid this book too.
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