The Au Pair by Emma Rous | Book Review

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Pages: 360
Publication: Berkley Books
Release date: January 8, 2019
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 3/5

It took me the longest time to finish this book. I don’t know if it’s due to the books pace or due to my interest level of this story but regardless, even though I found it hard to keep reading at times I did want to finish it. Even if it was very slowly.

I highly enjoy mysteries and I went into The Au Pair excited to read it. This one’s pitched to have a gripping story line with dark family secrets and a page turner. In a way, it is a page turner since I did want to finish it but it wasn’t a quick page turner. It took me about a month to finally finish this, which is unusual for me.

This book is told in dual perspective and from two different timelines. It follows Seraphine Mayes, who comes from a wealthy family, told in present day and Laura, the au pair, told in past tense set in the Norfolk Coast. Seraphine comes from a wealthy family that’s always been whispered about in the village and once Seraphine and her twin brother, Danny, are born whispers and speculation rises after their mother throws herself from the cliffs behind their home. Moments after their birth.

As an adult, Seraphine finds a family photo on the day of her and her twin’s birth but there’s only one baby…where’s the other baby? Seraphine doesn’t know what to think but once she starts digging into her family’s past she starts receiving mysterious threats to stop and to stay quiet. That’s when Seraphine know’s there’s a big secret to discover within her family.

With a plot like that how couldn’t I be excited to read the The Au Pair. Right from the start, the book’s super mysterious with the discovery of the photo and the speculation that arrives with it. I love the atmosphere of this book and the story but the pace of the book wasn’t right for me. I wanted to continue to read it but there were so many times I picked it up and I’d quickly want to put it down. It’s really slow paced and there’s not much more happening other than where did the other baby come from? And who’s sending the threats.

Overall, I was interested in finishing the book but I wasn’t very invested in the characters. The pace was just way too slow for me with the few plot twists and reveals.

I’m interested in reading this authors upcoming book in 2020, which will be another mystery.


*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*