Thursday 21 September 2023

Review - Nanny Wanted by Lizzy Barber

Nanny Wanted by Lizzy Barber
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: 17 August 2023
Back cover blurb: A remote Cornish mansion. The perfect couple. And the deadly secrets that bind them. When Lily finally leaves her toxic relationship, a job as a nanny at Kewney Manor seems like the perfect solution. There, she can cut herself off from her old life, and never have to see him again. The Rowes seem like a model family, and Lily falls instantly in love with her new home. But she can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right. Why will nobody tell her about the nanny who came before her? Where does Laurie go at night? And what does Charles really want? As Lily becomes increasingly entangled in the Rowes’s lives, she realizes that the perfect family may not be all that they seem. And as much as she fears the past she is running from, perhaps the present is where the real danger lies . . .

Nanny Wanted.

A simple enough advert, for a simple enough job, right? Lily thinks so. 

When she sees the job advertised at Kewney Mano, she realised it is the perfect escape she needs from the bad relationship that she's just gotten herself out of. A remote Cornish mansion means she can cut herself off from her previous life, and start afresh.

Lily is quickly recruited, and moves to Cornwall. Much to her delight the she instantly bonds with the Row family, who seem perfect. 

Maybe a little too perfect?

It isn't long before Lily begins to feel like something isn't quite right. But she can't put her finger on anything specific.  There is talk of the previous Nanny, but whenever she starts a conversation about them, she is immediately shut down.

What are the family trying to hide?

And then we have the classic Nanny/Husband scenario. Lily knows that she shouldn't, but Charles is pretty irresistible, about as far away from her ex as you could possibly get, and make Lily feel seen, wanted. Something that she isn't used to, but find she quickly enjoys.

Lily knows that she is playing with fire. What she doesn't know is how very badly she could get burnt. Because the Rowe family have secrets, some of them dark and disturbing, perhaps even deadly.

I can't say too much more as I don't want to give anything away. I liked Lily but at times I wanted to shake some sense it to her. But then we've all been young and naïve once...

This is a novel where you really want the bad characters to be punished for their actions. And there are a lot of them...

Nanny Wanted is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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