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The Au Pair

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I was sent this book to review.  I enjoy reading a debut author!
It sounded mysterious so I decided to try it.

I immediately liked Summerbourne- a beautiful place with some secrets.  It was described that I could see it.
Norfolk is a small town that everybody knows everyone.  

Switches between 2 ladies in 2 different time periods- Sept 1991 where an Au Pair is hired and Aug 2017 where a picture is found.  The picture is the link and the mystery begins.  A house full of mystery.
We dig deeper and deeper into the mystery attempting to solve it only to discover more mystery.  

I enjoyed this book.  It will keep you guessing and wondering.
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Seraphine Mayes has come home after the death of her father.  Going through his effects she chances on a photograph that raises questions about her childhood and the death of her mother.  Challenging her uncooperative grandmother and brothers, Seraphine decides to seek out answers herself.  
The story switches back and forth between the summer of her birth and her quest to seek out the au pair who was in the house at the time.  The haunting truth begins to evolve into something dangerous as Seraphine begins to uncover secrets that others have conspired to keep hidden all of these years.  This is one of those books that you will not want to put down.  It sweeps you along with Seraphine from the scattered memories of a senile gardener to dangerous seaside cliffs.
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My review based on AVRC I received. This is a book with many twists and a family with many dark secrets that are all revealed. Told from different characters perspective it all comes together in the end. A very psychological thriller that will keep you reading to the end. A story that stays with you even when you have come to the end.
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I loved this one--I was completely swept up in this family's drama and read compulsively until the end! Perfect for fans of British gothics/dual narratives that are chock-full of twists and secrets.
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I really enjoyed this one! I liked how the author immediately addressed and dismissed my suspicions/theories (the immediate assumptions we all make when dealing with a character questioning her origins), which made me even more intrigued as to what the actual answers would be. I'm going to recommend it to readers of psychological thrillers and family dramas.
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In The Au Pair Emma Rous presents us with the story of questioned parenthood and questionable deaths.  Why do twins Danny and Seraphine look so different from one another?  Why did Ruth throw herself from a cliff just hours after giving birth? What has upset present-day Laura?  Who is making threats against the present day family?  The answers are all there for the discerning reader to find well before the end of the book and Rous’s writing style will glue some readers to the page.  Her use of alternating narrators in alternating time periods helps elevate the novel from others in the genre. The few major characters are explored in some depth, yet at the end I found myself detached from all of them, even the two narrators.  There are too many coincidences and suspensions of belief needed to really “buy” the story.  Yet, it is a good read for a cold winter’s night and many readers will find themselves swept into the story.
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An entertaining twisty plot that keeps one guessing until the end. Told from 2 different time frames, it became a bit confusing in the first part but it eventually became clear what was going on. Enjoyed the characters and a great plot.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book.
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Oh My. 
What I loved: I loved the writing in this one. I liked how the story was talked in alternating narrators AND alternating timelines. I thought it was a fantastic way to tell this story. It really drew me in. 
What I liked: To me it felt like the setting was almost a character in the story...and I liked that.
What I hated: It was a bit predictable. But not too obnoxiously predictable.
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Just hours old, Seraphina and her twin brother are left without a mother hours after their birth when their mother commits suicide. Years later, after the death of her father, she finds a photo of her family right after her birth, but there’s only one baby. This is a twisted and creepy story, a perfect way to create chills on a hot summer day
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