THOUGHTS ON BOOKS (#4): The Perfect Nanny / Into the Water

The Perfect NannyThe Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ugh, from the very beginning, this book was chilling. Unsettling. It’s not a typical thriller, more character-driven, maybe a character study of sorts. None of the characters were likable, but they were fascinating.

A young Parisian couple, Myriam and Paul, hire Louise as a nanny for their two small children. With a good reference from her previous employer, and being somewhat desperate to find childcare, they quickly welcome Louise into their lives. Oh, dear. Louise seems perfect on the outside, but she has hidden issues, which are slowly reveled as the story progresses.

While reading this book, I felt like I was watching the characters from a distance rather than being a part of the story. I wonder if it’s because this is the English translation from French, or was that the intent. The writing was good…just had a distant feel. The ending, well, I wanted more. Too many questions unanswered.

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I lost patience with INTO THE WATER early on. By page 32, I counted seven different POVs. Confusing! A few more POVs were added after that. Basically the story was about a place called “The Drowning Pool” where several women died, beginning in the 1600s. The latest death is a woman who was writing a book about this seemingly cursed place. Sounded promising, but turned out to be dull. Needed more suspense. I was looking forward to this book, but in the end it was just meh.

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.” – Angela Carter

6 thoughts on “THOUGHTS ON BOOKS (#4): The Perfect Nanny / Into the Water

  1. Hmmm….I’ve heard a lot about Into the Water and almost nothing about The Perfect Nanny – though I’ve been aware of both books. Sorry they didn’t hit the spot for you. I’ve found that there are so many books these days that are ‘domestic’ or ‘psychological’ thrillers, it’s not surprising that they won’t suit all the readers. I’m trying to space them out a bit in my reading.

  2. Oh, dear….I hope you get out of this reading slump quickly! The nanny book doesn’t surprise me much because the books I’ve read that have been translated from French sound the same. Plus I’ve never read a French novel with a happy ending (or not that I can recall…)

  3. That’s too bad about Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, it’s on my wishlist. The Perfect Nanny does sound interesting. I know, sometimes things get lost in translation, I wonder. Enjoy your weekend!

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