Leila Slimani
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The number one bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt - a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood. "A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good" (Kate Hamer).
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The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.

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...

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Short and StunningReview by Paul
Lullaby by Leila Slimani is a short but stunning psychological thriller, that will have you gripped from beginning to end. This book has also been excellently translated from French by Sam Taylor, and I do not believe anything has been lost in translation. On reading Lullaby, it is easy to understand why this is a prize-winning thriller.

From the opening we know that the nanny has killed one of her two charges, the other is hanging on, but only just. What follows is the story of the nanny and her descent into a psychosis via obsession and wanting total control over her charges and the parents.

Myriam, a French-Moroccan mother and lawyer decides she wants to return to work and carve out her career at the Bar. Her and Paul, her husband, must find the perfect nanny to take care of their children. When they find Louise, whose references make her second to none, a quiet and devoted nanny they give her the job.

Louise and the family become deeply dependent on each other as the weeks pass. While at the same time Louise grows more obsessive about her charges and the family they have and wishes to be more involved within it, without actually being noticed. It is from this obsession that her break down will grow from.

This is a fascinating and wonderful read as we watch the Louise’s life slowly unravel around her obsession, while at the same time being given a flavour of her life and background. This really is a clever thriller, that works on all levels.
(Posted on 22/02/2018)

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ISBN 9780571337538
Publisher FABER & FABER
Format Hardback
Publication date 11 Jan 2018

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