The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny Review

*One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review*

*National Bestseller*

“A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

“A book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“One of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.


When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.

The #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, by the author of Adèle

Title:The Perfect Nanny
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    Where do these stories come from? They emanate from Louise, in a continual flood, without her even thinking about it, without her making the slightest effort of memory or imagination. But in what bla...

  • Roxane

    This is one of this intensely interior novels that are claustrophobic and incredibly engaging and disturbing. I was very aware that I was reading a translation and I have no doubt that in French, this...

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    FIVE STARSI still have chills days after finishing THE PERFECT NANNY. I’ve skipped over this novel many times thinking it would be the old “hand that rocks the cradle” plot. I could not have bee...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 slower-building, but gripping, stars to The Perfect Nanny! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐The Perfect Nanny opened with the what. There was a horrific scene to behold in this family’s home. For the entire book, I...

  • Maggie

    Stéphanie remembers those little containers arrayed on the shelf of the fridge with the children's names written on them. One night she got up and opened the bag belonging to Jules, a red-faced bab...

  • Ammar

    DNF @35% I tried my best to get into this novel, but couldn’t.The novel opens with a beautiful written crime scene, it’s shocking but written well. Then it started downhill for me.. I couldn’t f...

  • Paul Bryant

    The author says she wanted to write about nannies. You know, the uneasy ambiguity, how they’re an intimate part of your family but they’re an employee, how they’re poor (mostly black, mostly imm...

  • JanB

    The story opens with the horrific description of the killing of two children by their nanny. Then the novel travels back in time to the events that led up to that day. We know what happens but what w...

  • Bkwmlee

    3.5 starsFor me, this book was originally a solid 4 stars – that is, up until the ending (which I’ll get back to later). The opening scene was quite explosive and emotional, hooking me from the st...

  • Elyse Walters

    I was curious about this book....winner of the Goncourt Prize since last year. But not enough to pay for it. I waited - patiently- for my library-ebook turn.Long waitlist. I actually like the book cov...