Started well , but the ending confused the hell out of me.
Thank you sooo much Erika for this sweet gift!! This book sounds super good !!! Thank you for your thoughtfulness 💗💗💗 The wrapping paper is so cool!!
Seraphine 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. Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. She uncovers a family photograph that raises questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and their mother is holding just one baby. I found this book to be a bit unbelievable. so-so book!
A question to help me round out my 2019 reading: What have been your favorite fiction novels of 2019?
I have to recommend this book simply because I couldn‘t put it down. While I predicted the majority of how it would wrap up, I was still left surprised by one of the twists, and I loved the characters telling alternating chapters.
While one chapter is told in the past by Laura, the summer au pair for the young Edwin, the other is told in the present by Seraphine, Edwin‘s younger sister.
I really don‘t want to give anything away - just read it!
Eeek! I kept snapping at my family today because they were interrupting the last few chapters of The Au Pair and I was so engrossed. This book took me on a journey through emotions and what-would-I-do thoughts. It felt like a tangled mess and for some reason I kept thinking of the old movie Mystic Pizza while reading. I did kinda see things pulling together at points but was so into the story I kept hiding from my family in effort to finish. 4.5☆
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Great compelling read to start with but the story turned out to be impossible for me to believe.
Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/07/11/the-au-pair-by-emma-rous/
I have given this a pick as I really did enjoy the early parts of the story.
This was a really interesting read full of twists and turns. The story is told by Seraphine in the present and Laura in the past when everything happened. Its cleverly written and builds to a dramatic ending. I figured out some of the secrets but one or two took me by surprise. It does make you think about how you would react in that situation.
I liked Seraphine, she was an interesting character.
The first 75% was just perfect for summer reading but after that it went to pieces. The Big Twists are pretty easy to predict and then they spend what feels like a million pages slowly over explaining what you already know. About 25 pages from the end I just quit. Also, I‘ve had a baby. No way two women give birth at home, unassisted, and then one of them runs around for hours and no one is like, hey, you sure are bleeding like A LOT.
This book was a 🌟🌟🌟🌟 read for me!
I loved the cover of this book. It's what drew me in, and the first 75% percent of the book was exciting and gripping. But as a mother, I find it impossible that two women could give birth on the same day, in the same home, unassisted. Then, that Laura's babies were pre-mature and neither needed hospital care? And why didn't the police officers notice that there were two birth locations that needed cleaning? Yikes.
🙌🏻 I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book! Read it in half a day - couldn‘t put it down. Mystery, thriller, fiction. It truly answers the question “who is the child, and what really happened that day?”, except with a twist at the end; it took a bit more concentration the last 1/5 of the book. SO MUCH HAPPENS. Would definitely recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
I will freely admit this-I only read “The Au Pair” because I thought the cover was pretty 🤷🏻♀️ It‘s a decent mystery about explosive family secrets, the kind of book that‘s a blast to dig into and race to solve the mysteries before the characters do. Unfortunately the ending is...not great. I had a problem with the convoluted reveals but “The Au Pair” was still a fine way to pass a lazy morning. Just don‘t expect more.
This book has nothing to do with spring, but I am enjoying it on the first day of spring. I put up this wreath a few weeks ago to help get rid of winter. The snow is melting and the temps are getting better, so it must be working?
5🌟 This is an addictive and enchanting mystery/psychological thriller! Dark family secrets, lies, twists and turns, loved it! This felt like a classic gothic mystery. Very atmospheric. Reminded me of V.C Andrews books a lot. I really enjoyed Seraphine's narrative! At times I wondered whether her accounts of things was reliable or not. And I really liked Laura's character. This was such a tangled web, to untangle.
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More of a slow burn than I usually like, but a fairly solid mystery with great setting and atmosphere. I definitely wouldn‘t call it a thriller as it‘s often billed, and it‘s a bit far-fetched when tying all the bits and pieces together, but it‘d be a great beachy read. 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
So, we picked up a lot of souveniers on our Disney trip, including one I am NOT happy about. I have a spider bite. On my scalp. That is now infected.
I am terrified of spiders. And my husband keeps joking that the large bump on my scalp is really spider eggs that will be hatching soon. 😩😩😩
So, while waiting for my antibiotic at Target, I treated myself to more books. 😁😁 I think I‘ve earned them.
My book haul I got yesterday. I can‘t wait to dive into these this weekend. It‘s the perfect reading weather since it‘s rainy and cold. #weekendreads
Another wonderful book that I read in one long gulp. It was told in two voices 25 years apart, by two innocent young women, one whose decisions and silence profoundly affected the life of the other. A mystery that one could almost… but not quite… figure out. Well defined characters. Lovely British setting. And read beautifully by Elizabeth Sastre.
Book haul from Target yesterday. 😍 They are having a deal where you buy two books and get one free. Has anyone read any of these?
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I went book shopping for the first time this year yesterday. I know I own lots of books already that I need to read, but when one store is having a sale and another sends you a coupon, it's hard to not to take advantage of that. I also sold some books, so the top three books in the stack only cost me $3.
Im disappointed. I wanted to love this but i just cant. I was never really lost in the story. I felt like someone was just telling me this convoluted tale full of plot holes. the characters had no depth and had all these random revelations that forced convenient endings. It had promise but maybe could of used a rewrite or two.
2 STARS - Interesting premise about family secrets but the execution was weak with very little character development and an ending that wasn‘t plausible. I just didn‘t enjoy this book.
My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-au-pair.html?m=1