Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Au Pair; Emma Rous

TITLE: The Au Pair
AUTHOR:  Emma Rous
PUB. YEAR: 2019
SETTING:  Norfolk Coast
FORMAT:  - eGalley - NetGalley -  (384 pp)

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny never knew their mother. On the day they were born she threw herself off the cliffs of Summerbourne on the Norfolk Coast.  Now at 25 she has just lost her father to an accident and while sorting through her father's belongings and comes across a photo taken on the day the twins were born. The photo shows her mother smiling and holding one of the newborns. Why was there just one baby in the photo and why would her smiling mother have committed suicide on that very same day?

Does the "au pair" Laura, who lived with the family while caring for older brother Edwin, about 5 at the time, hold the answer to these questions? Seraphine is obsessed with tracking down Laura and quizzing any one else who may be able to fit the mysterious pieces of the puzzle together.

This was a pretty good mystery, well-paced with each chapter seeming to bring a new question or new clue. The story is told in the present from the POV of Seraphine and the past by Laura, the au pair. The ending wasn't an entire surprise but I didn't figure out everything either. Overall, I was happy I read this one.


  1. I like the sound of this one, especially the fast pace.

  2. Your review has me guessing the ending but I am glad to know you could not figure out everything!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I really enjoyed it too and agree about not being able to figure everything out.

  4. Sounds like a good mystery. I'm glad it turned out so and that it wasn't entirely predictable.

  5. So tantalizing, where is the other twin? Who really pushed the mom off the cliff?

  6. It sounds like it has he potential to be good but something is holding me back.

  7. I would like to read this one and am glad you liked it, Diane.

  8. I enjoyed this one, too. It's a solid psychological thriller that kept me guessing.


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