November 2019 book reviews

We read recent releases with a link to France. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time. This month, we will look at Lullaby, The Art Lover’s Guide to Paris, The Kommandant’s House, and A Nice Cup of Tea

Lullaby Leïla Slimani ***EDITOR'S CHOICE***

Faber & Faber, £12.99 ISBN: 978-0-571-33753-8

This novel is often described as the ‘French Gone Girl’.

A successful couple, Myriam and Paul, have everything they could wish for: a beautiful apartment in Paris and two children that Myriam does not want to leave and continues to look after, even if she could have returned to work.

But their perfect life is going to be turned upside down when Myriam finally decides to work again.

As a lawyer, she finds herself fully committed to her job, although she always feels a bit guilty not to be with her children. She and her husband hire a nanny in her forties, Louise, who looks like the perfect second mother of the children.  

She quickly creates a close relationship with them and becomes a vital addition to the family, relied upon her for cleaning, cooking and taking care of the children.

However, as we know from the first very page, the nanny is ...

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