THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous is by
far one of the best psychological thrillers I have read with all the
unexpected shocks that one will come across in each chapter. This
novel is one that is not easily predictable which is one thing I love about
being surprised at the end. It makes for an amazing storyline when the
author can catch you off guard like that. This is one I highly
Seraphine and Danny Mayes are twins that were born at home to a
loving mother and father. No one saw it coming when shortly after the
babies' birth their mother threw herself off a cliff leaving the town to
believe something was not right with the family. Years later, Seraphine
is an adult and recently lost her father. As she goes through his
belongings she finds a picture of the family, taken right after her and
her brother's birth. The only thing is there is only one baby in the
picture. Her questions bring up secrets that she painfully finds out
about her family. Sometimes what we grow up to believe is the truth,
turns out to be something totally different.
This novel will stick with you days after finishing it. Emma Rous
captures her readers from the very beginning and taking them down
the characters' memory lane that leaves you shocked. The story is told
from the present and the past helping you to piece together clues. THE AU PAIR is a novel to put on the
list to read this year!
If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love
child, Emma Rous' The Au Pair would be it.
Seraphine Mayes 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, the au pair fled, and the village
thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the
aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.
Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her
father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a
family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was
taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo,
their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son,
is smiling serenely and holding just one baby.
Who is the child, and what really happened that day?