Tuesday, January 8, 2019

REVIEW of The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Berkley Books

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

My Thoughts…

As a book takes me on a journey I find myself wondering where I am going, what’s going to happen next, if I can figure it out too early I sometimes lose interest.    With The Au Pair I was kept guessing, kept peeking around the corners waiting for the next clue, and kept turning page after page until I ran out of pages.    

One picture can change the entire dynamic of a family.   It can open doors that are much better kept shut; it can bring up questions that should never be asked.    But once that door is open it can never be shut again.   Seraphina starts questioning everything that she once knew to be true and starts unweaving the story of her life.   With each string, she pulls she finds another story that doesn’t quite fit.    

The dual timelines and the twists and turns kept me reading, kept me up at night reading, and makes this a 5-star book.   It is everything it was promised to be and more.   There were amazing characters, wonderful settings, twisted stories,  family dynamics to figure out, and so much more.  

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