A devastating and heartbreaking tragedy – exploring the character and possible motivation of Louise – the perfect, caring, conscientious nanny working for a young Parisian couple Paul and Myriam – who murders the 2 children in her care, Mila and Adam. No wonder this novel won the Prix Goncourt – it is a thrilling read, perfectly written with elegance and profound insight.
Recommended by Rosie Goldsmith
Written by Leïla Slimani
Translated by Sam Taylor
Published by Faber and Faber (2018)
Rosie Goldsmith is Director of the European Literature Network. She was a BBC senior broadcaster for 20 years and is today an arts journalist, presenter, linguist, and with Max Easterman a media trainer for ‘Sounds Right’.