Brooke's Pick: Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross
A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entrée into a better life - only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets.
Confession: When I was in high school, I was kind of obsessed with Lifetime movies. The dramatic plots and colorful characters required quite the suspension of disbelief, and I was all in. There was one particular film that was so outrageous, I loved it for the sheer absurdity of it all. It was called Invisible Child and was about a nanny who comes to work for a family only to discover that the mother believes she has a daughter that doesn't exist. The nanny must play along with this delusion in order to keep her job and help this family from completely falling apart. Although I didn't know it going into Georgina Cross's novel Nanny Needed, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this book plays on a similar theme.
When Sarah Larsen, woefully in debt and in desperate need of a well-paying gig, takes a job as a nanny for a wealthy Manhattan family, she feels like her dreams are coming true. However, she quickly learns that nothing is quite what it seems with the Bird family, and finds herself being asked to do the unthinkable - nanny a child who doesn't exist. Sarah quickly discovers that she is cracking under the pressure of keeping up this ruse, but the Birds have her in an ironclad contract leaving her forced to play along. Can she keep her job AND her sanity, or will this job be her undoing?
I pretty much devoured Nanny Needed. I usually don't rate books with 5 stars unless they can hold my attention throughout and keep me wanting to return to the story, and Nanny Needed did that for me. I loved Georgina Cross's easy writing style and fast-moving plot. The way that she layered this story and slowly built suspense kept me turning the pages, anticipating what was to happen next (although I did suspect the twist quite early on.) This book was a total guilty pleasure read, which frankly, are some of the best kinds. Nothing to dwell on and digest, no points to be made ... just a whole lot of drama and fun.
Naturally, I am going to recommend this book to fans of Lifetime movies, as well as those who like fast-paced suspense novels with a flair for the dramatic.
Availability: Book; eBook & eAudiobook in cloudLibrary Rating: ***** Stars (I loved it) Reviewer: Brooke, Public Relations Librarian
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GENRE: Psychological Suspense; Thrillers & Suspense
THEME: Too Good to Be True (Whether it's a perfect marriage, the appearance of a "long lost" family member, or a stranger who inserts himself into the main character's life, something doesn't add up. Each has secrets that can harm or even kill.)
STORYLINE: Intricately Plotted; Plot-Driven
LOCATION: New York City
SUBJECT: Deception; Missing Persons; Nannies; Rich People; Secrets; Social Classes; Young Women
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