Review: The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starting with the horrific what, this short novel slowly and intensely draws out the why. It is suspenseful, unsettling, and quite chilling in parts. It does a wonderful job of portraying the uneasy ambiguity of the relationship between the nanny and her charges and the nanny and her employers. Is she family, friend, employee …? Wonderfully full of subtle social commentary on social class, race, motherhood vs. work also.
-Mrs. P.


Review: Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was rather disappointing. I thought it lacked cohesion and I struggled to like any of the main characters. It was also longer than it needed to be with characters that lacked depth dropping in and out of the plot. Honestly, I only read to the end because I was waiting for something to happen to tie all the loose ends together. Disappointed in that, too.
-Mrs. P.