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The Perfect Nanny

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Wow! This book wasted no time. It was shocking start to finish. I can honestly say I was never even close to guessing the ending. I read this mostly in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend!

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This book started off well, but then became a bit unrealistic. I found it to be long winded and was losing interest easily.

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I could not come up for air until I got to the last page. I was asking myself why they hired the nanny. The answer shocked me so I couldn't breathe! A amazing plotted and thought out book.

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Shari J Ryan is a brilliant author and who one knows how to create an addictive and unputdownable read. A masterful storyteller who has once again created a masterpiece.

This is a book that unravels and takes the reader on a journey. It’s one hell of a ride! I have suspected everyone at one point or another in this book. The main character is brilliant!

Ryan has created a book which is gripping, addictive and completely unputdownable. This is a brilliant read. I devoured this in just one sitting.

I was completely engrossed in this book. It’s been a brilliant read. I’ve read a few books by Ryan and I can safely say, they get better and better.

This is everything I had hoped for and more. I loved this book from beginning to end. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to everyone.

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“Survival of the fittest has always been the outcome of psychological warfare.”

“Do I chop up the remains or do I bury them in the backyard and make a little cemetery for liars?”

Def a unique take when the MC puts herself into her own case study. I thought I had it figured out until I was past the 70% mark. Then, twist after twist was thrown at me. This book showcases mental illness and what can happen when ignored or when parents think they can “love” it out of their child. Fast paced and easy to read, would recommend!

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The premise was so good! The nanny is watching the children but when the parents get home they say the baby is missing -- but there was no baby at the beginning of the night!
And that's where it already started falling apart for me. The police response was unrealistic, the twists were unrealistic, and the way the children spoke was completely unrealistic. The ending was poor and didn't make sense.
Some people will enjoy this, especially if they can suspend disbelief. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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Dive into the chaotic world of Haley Vaughn, a psychology student turned nanny for twin girls, in Shari J. Ryan's thrilling tale. But hold on tight as unexpected twists unravel, leaving you puzzled and wanting more.

Despite a promising premise, the storyline feels cluttered with too many characters and confusing events. Sadly, "The Perfect Nanny" falls short of its potential.

Don't let the twists and turns deter you, though—there's still a gripping narrative waiting to be discovered within these pages! ⭐⭐✨ #BookReview #ThePerfectNanny #ShariJRyan #Thriller #NetgalleyARC #Bookworm #PageTurner #MustRead 📖✨

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I read this ARC for an honest review
All thoughts and opinions are mine

I have to be in the right mood for these types of book so did take my time picking it up and reading it
I am not familiar with the author but I will definitely be keeping an eye out

This was fantastic
Pacy with lots of twists and turns which I didn't see coming - this hooked me in and kept me engrossed throughout

A fantastic read

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Disturbing. If I could sum up this book in one word, that would be it! I didn’t see the twist coming and just when I thought I was getting a hang of the plot, it became super disturbing. Everything I expected not to happen, happened. Awesome job Shari! Thank you so much for this enjoyable read. It was truly unique and heart wrenching.

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This book started off as a seemingly normal thriller but it really did a 180 half way through!

It’s twist after twist and you really don’t know who you can trust which I did enjoy.

I did just find the ending very unrealistic, it was entertaining to read but it did feel a little too much.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC.

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Thank you to #netgalley for approving my request for #ThePerfectNanny by #ShariJRyan #NoSpoilers

Wow!! Looking for a high paced thriller with massive plot twists?! This is your book! For the most part I can usually anticipate who’s the killer or the perpetrator within the first few chapters in a thriller/ suspense novel. However, in #theperfectnanny I absolutely had no clue as to who “done it” until the author was ready to reveal said “suspects”. The Perfect Nanny was gripping, calculating, and intelligently written from beginning to end. The characters were so complex and captivating I could not figure out if Willa was truly a friend or foe. I couldn’t decide whose parents to trust ( the twins or Hailey’s parents)?! I was questioning did the child really exist?! The suspense of it all was as top tier as it gets! The only person I was sure of was William/Billy/Liam I knew in my bones that their meeting was not coincidental and that he could not be trusted! I also love the struggling college student component of the story. I think the way the author describes Hails stressing to finish her course load and complete her “case study” for her dissertation in the middle of her life being absolutely chaotic was utterly genius.
Fav Quotes:
“Bad Things Happen To Those Who Lie”
“In a World Full of Lies I will be The Truth”

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How does Shari J Ryan imagine such a complex tale. I wonder if it evolves from the beginning.....or starts from the end?
I thought I knew where "The Perfect Nanny" was going.....until I didn't.....everything was unended in the most alarming way. I thought Haley was a reliable narrator....until she wasn't!
Years of lies and warped realities shaping behaviours that lead the reader down a rabbit warren of mind-blowing twists. For lovers of psychological thrillers.

You will initially be pulled into a false sense of merely bad timing on behalf of 27 year old Haley, who picks up a child minding jobs for the holidays. What follows is movie quality unreality.

I found the study notes written by Haley detracted from my reading pleasure and I just wanted to know the story and have the ability to draw my own conclusions

Thanks to NetGalley, Shari J Ryan and Bookouture for the riveting read

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This book did not waste any time at getting going. There was so many twists I got whiplash. I loved that they were sprinkled throughout the book making it impossible to put down. I did not see any of them coming either. It went a way I couldn’t even guess. 5 stars!

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This book is a really absorbing psychological thriller where Haley is accused of abducting a baby she dint not even know existed - this accusation sets of a chain of events which over again follow open-mouthed!
Its really edge-of-your-seat stuff which had me questioning my judgment over what i though was happening!
Great thriller, would highly recommend

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★★★★ 3.5 stars (rounded up)

They say I took their baby...but I didn't know she was there...

Well this is a convoluted tale if ever I heard one. What started out as a compelling mystery that flipped everything on its head got just a little bit drawn out into the ridiculous. I could kind of see where the author was going but some of it was just a little out of left field to be believable. I did enjoy the Psychology dissertation case study, as it was a clever touch to the story, but was disappointed with the outcome of that.

Haley Vaughn is a twenty seven year old psychology student on the cusp of a promising career. But first she just needs to complete her degree and get her doctorate and until then, money doesn't grow on trees. She'll be paying off her student loans by the time her own children graduate.

And so she places an ad in the local classifieds seeking a nanny position for the summer while her rich bestie plans on returning home at her parents' expense. When Lara Smith responds to Haley's ad, she's surprised when the mother of 9 year old twins books and pays for her to partake in a first aid certification course...followed by her $40 an hour rate to care for her twins for the evening as a trial run for the summer.

When Haley arrives at their multi-million home on the water, she is introduced to twins Madden and Blakely, before given a brief run-down of things. No entering their parents' bedroom and no hide and seek. Why this is not allowed Haley has no idea. But Corbin Smith was clear. And so Haley settles the twins down in front of a movie about mermaids (Madden's obsession) with two bowls of popcorn.

With the exception of the slight hiccup when the girls "tricked" Haley into a game of hide and seek without her knowledge, the evening goes along smoothly. Until Lara and Corbin return home from their gala event and frantically begin searching the house while asking Haley what the hell has she done with their 15 month old baby daughter Fallon.

Baby? What baby? No one mentioned a baby when she took this job. Lara Smith clearly stated her 9 year old twins. She never ever mentioned a baby.

Haley finds herself arrested and accused of kidnapping the baby she claims she never knew existed. Soon Haley finds herself questioning everyone and everything around her. And she isn't sure who she can trust. But in this game of manipulation, just where does the truth end and the lies begin?

This is a well plotted psychological thriller but it did end up a bit of convoluted tale that lost me a little along the way. I enjoyed it though I could see where it was going and the potential it had. It will have you second guessing everyone and everything too.

So why was Haley the perfect nanny? Where was baby Fallon, if she ever existed? You'll have to read it to find out. But be warned, you will have to suspend belief a little as it stretches the imagination with a little too much elasticity. But an entertaining read all the same.

I would like to thank #ShariJRyan, #Netgalley and #Bookouture for an ARC of #ThePerfectNanny in exchange for an honest review.

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This was fantastic, i was on the edge of my seat, eagerly turning pages to unravel the mystery. With its clever twists and dynamic characters, this novel is a must-read for fans of the genre.

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This book started out really promising, but became very convoluted as it continued. Haley is hired to nanny for twin girls but is then accused of kidnapping the baby of the family, who she claims she didn’t know existed. This was a fascinating storyline and I liked where Haley was going as she tried to defend her innocence. The book then twists into a more complex story where we find out there is history between the various players and that many characters aren’t who they seem to be.

I like an unreliable narrator and I did enjoy the author’s way of making the reader unsure of whether Haley was one or not. I also liked the alternating chapters told from 13 years ago that helped set the stage for the current happenings. What I didn’t like were the psychology studies dispersed throughout the book that confused me and took me away from the action, as well as a storyline that got more and more convoluted and unrealistic as it continued. While there were definitely surprise twists, the whole thing just kind of felt like it went off the rails to me.

Overall, it’s certainly a twisty read but just ended up being very different from how it started. It was decent overall but I wish it wouldn’t have required me to suspend my disbelief to this extent. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC in return for an honest review.

The Perfect Nanny by Shari J Ryan was a twisty psychological thriller that I found hard to put down. When Haley is accused of abducting a baby she didn't know existed while babysitting, it sets in motion a cascade of events each more crazy than the next.

This kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had no idea what to expect next and each time I thought I had figured it out something else popped up to make me question everything all over again.

Such a crazy ride and I loved it!

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In The Perfect Nanny, Shari J. Ryan delivers a heart-pounding psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Intriguing Premise: The story begins with Haley, a babysitter, accused of kidnapping. As she’s taken away in handcuffs, the tension escalates. The mystery surrounding the missing baby and Haley’s involvement is brilliantly set up.
Twists and Turns: Ryan masterfully weaves unexpected twists throughout the narrative. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the plot takes a sharp turn,
Character Depth: Haley’s character is complex and relatable. Her fear and confusion are palpable, drawing readers into her world. The Smiths, with their secrets and hidden agendas, add layers to the story.
Engaging Writing: She captures the panic, desperation, and paranoia with precision. The pacing keeps you flipping pages late into the night.
The Perfect Nanny is a rollercoaster ride of suspense and deception. If you love psychological thrillers with jaw-dropping twists, this one is a must-read. Ryan’s storytelling prowess shines through, making it a gripping addition to the genre.
Whether you’re a seasoned thriller enthusiast or a newcomer, buckle up for an exhilarating journey through secrets and betrayal.

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The Perfect Nanny started out with a good premise. PhD student Haley Vaughn, in need of a summer job, agrees to babysit nine-year-old twins. Only when their parents return later that evening does she realize that there is a third child that she was also supposed to care for. The only problem is that the parents never told her about the fifteen-month-old in her bedroom in the attic. Worse yet, the little girl has disappeared and the parents accuse Haley of taking her.

OK – this could work and it would be an interesting story. But sadly, for me, it didn’t work. Instead, The Perfect Nanny quickly devolved into a convoluted story that is erratic and mostly unbelievable. Some events have very little explanation, and facts and occurrences seem to randomly pop up.

Interspersed with the story are awkwardly placed tidbits about human psychology, childhood trauma, and human behavior. They seem to resemble a stream of consciousness and they sound like they’ve been lifted from a psych 101 text book. In addition, there are several chapters devoted to the protagonist’s summer case study as and are presented as the final paper for her summer class. These random departures didn’t enhance this book for me and I found it all very distracting. The Perfect Nanny isn’t a book I enjoyed. NetGalley provided an advance copy.

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