Publication date: May 9, 2017
Crown Publishing -Hogarth
When I first came across this book it was the cover that caught my eye. I really liked it. And after reading the description, I was very intrigued.
Lady Daniels lives in the Hollywood Hill. Recently separated, she’s looking for a nanny to take care of her three-year old son, Devin. Lady is writing her memoir. Having a nanny will give her uninterrupted time to write. A woman who calls herself “S” comes for an interview. Lady likes “S” and hires her on the spot without even checking her references. What could go wrong? Along with taking care of Devin, S will also keep an eye on Lady’s eighteen-year old son, Seth. Seth is nonverbal. He is not deaf or autistic, he just never spoken.
We learn a lot about Lady’s early years with Seth and Seth’s father, as well as her tumultuous relationship with her own mother. She alludes to mistakes she made when Seth was young. It seems like she tries to make up for it now by being over-involved. Seth has always wanted to know about his father. Lady thinks she’s protecting him by not telling him about the past.
But secrets always seem to have a way of coming out….
Esther Shapiro now wants to be known as “S” Fowler. Her reasons for becoming a nanny are bizarre to say the least. After some recent personal issues, she decides a change is in order. So along with a new name and a new job, she’s trying on a new personality, well actually an old one…..
New bonds are formed and old ones are tested. While Lady opens up with some of her secrets, others she holds close to her chest.
She’s not the only one with secrets.
The book alternates between Lady and Esther’s (S’s) point of view. Events in the present, mixed with flashbacks. It took me a little while to get into the story. It started to get interesting, but it also started to get a bit…strange. Some of the plot was confusing and I found it hard to relate to a few characters. I liked Seth and of course little Devin. The fact that Seth didn’t communicate verbally made how he did communicate that much more interesting. But when things started going in so many different directions, I found I was getting distracted. All that said, I didn’t want to stop reading. I was very interested in how this would all turn out.
This was a bit of an odd read for me. Overall I think this was a story that many will love, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
Thank you NetGalley, Edan Lepucki, and Crown Publishing – Hogarth for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.