The Au Pair by Emma Rous

the au pair

4.5/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

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.


After winning The Au Pair in a Goodreads giveaway, I decided to read it before its January 8th publishing date, making it my first book of 2019. This was the perfect book to start off the year on a high note! I really went into this one with no expectations, which usually works out better for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was drawn into the story of this au pair and the family she lives with. The author did a phenomenal job building suspense and leaving the reader wondering what in the world was actually going on. Before I knew it, I was picking up this book every chance I had just so I could get to the bottom of this mysterious family’s secrets! The ending left me completely surprised and I just love when that happens. I couldn’t wait to lend it to my best friend as soon as I finished reading it. I highly recommend you pick up this brand new debut thriller by the extremely talented Emma Rous! I’m looking forward to the next book she writes!


Author Emma Rous’s website

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