“With The Perfect Nanny, Moroccan author Leila Slimani channels her inner Ruth Rendell and offers a truly disturbing page-turner. The first chapter reveals that a nanny has killed her charges, a boy and a girl, then killed herself. The rest of the book details the way the nanny's mind twists and turns as she becomes more and more damaged, leading up to the murder-suicide. It's a grim tale filled with commentary on motherhood, family power struggles, and economic disparity. Although it sounds depressing, The Perfect Nanny is truly original, dark, and suspenseful as hell!”
— William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
“I finished The Perfect Nanny in a day! I loved it. What I think makes it so very good is that even though you know how it ends after the first chapter, you keep reading! I was so drawn in, I found myself talking to the characters, thinking I could change things.”
— Shannon Walker, Buffalo Books and Coffee, ,
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decided to return to work, she and her husband looked for the perfect nanny for their two children and found Louise. Now she has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it seems impossible to remove her. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhood -- and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.