The Nanny

The Nanny

Can you trust her with your child? The Richard & Judy pick for spring 2020


The tension is simmering. The lies are piling up. Who do you trust?

'Pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion' SHARI LAPENA
'White-knuckled suspense' TESS GERRITSEN
Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother – until the night that the nanny disappears. Jo is seven years old when it happens and never gets over the loss.

Now, thirty years later, Jo is returning to her family home with her daughter in tow – just as human remains are pulled out of the house's lake.

Then there’s a knock on the door. And a woman claiming to be her nanny stands outside.

Is she who she says she is?
Can she be trusted?
And what really happened on that fateful night all those years ago?

Sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.


Why readers love THE NANNY:

"A gripping read with an original premise... I very much enjoyed all the characters"
"Meaty and twisty ... armchair detectives will have a lot of fun with this"
"A compelling read ... I read it with a sense of fear and dread"
"Dare you get engrossed in this book? ... this is a book that should do really well"
"A spellbinding read"
"A lot of twists and turns ... it definitely grabbed my attention from the outset"
‘From the first page I wanted to know all the dark secrets this family were hiding. It’s a seriously addictive read and I never knew who to trust’ AMY LLOYD, author of THE INNOCENT WIFE and ONE MORE LIE

‘A brilliant blend of missing person drama with some seriously spooky Gothic overtones.’ GLAMOUR MAGAZINE

‘Secrets, lies, jealousy and betrayal… Elegantly structured and infused with a creeping sense of dread’SARAH VAUGHAN

‘The plot sucked me in and the insidious build had me turning the pages rapidly’ JANE SHEMILT

The Nanny will make you doubt everyone - including yourself. Some families are built on a bedrock of lies. This one is no exception. Clever and deliciously addictive’ JANE CORRY

‘I was blown away by The Nanny. Original, twisty, unpredictable and taut with its buried secrets, the old creepy house and complex relationships. I never knew who to trust and the ending shocked me. This deserves to be huge!’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS

‘A tense, assured and atmospheric thriller which will keep you guessing from page one right through to the shocking denouement. Brilliantly absorbing’ MEL McGRATH




  • With its buried secrets, shifting allegiances, and creeping sense of dread, The Nanny pulses with tension until its shocking conclusion. I absolutely loved it!
    Shari Lapena

About the author

Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Sunday Times bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, The Nanny, To Tell You the Truth and The Long Weekend.

She grew up in Swindon and studied at Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery and has been a lecturer in photography.

She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her family.
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