Hey guys! I hope this Monday is treating you well so far. It’s the end of March and I thought we’d end March on a high note with a book review of The Au Pair by Emma Rous.

I came across this book when I was looking on various blogs to find something different than YA or romance. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love those. But every once in a while I read a very good book that’s not in that genre, and I think to myself: I should read more books like this! But it’s hard to find good recommendations when your whole bubble is contemporary/YA/romance.

Anyway, I can’t remember which blog it was on, but I added the Au Pair to my TBR and luckily my library had it (the translation at least).

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: 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 beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

Also read: Book review of All The Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman

My thoughts on The Au Pair

I thought it would be hard to get into a story like this, since it’s not my usual thing. But right of the bat the book sucked me in. The characters, the setting, the story, they are all so good and perfectly fitting.

At times, the main character Seraphine frustrated me. She did not do certain things that in real life people probably would. Still, I felt for her, since her whole history was questioned.

I liked that the book altered the chapters. You start with a chapter in the here and now from Seraphines viewpoint, and the next chapter Laura the au pair is the main character, back in 1991. This gave the story a very dynamic flow.

This book is FULL of twists and turns and I saw almost none of them coming. That was really amazing! Usually you can start to see where it’s going, and at first I thought I did. But I was wrong. And I loved the way it did go.

Although it’s not my usual romance, there was a little bit of romance in it. The main theme in the book however, is definitely family. And as you may know, I love a good family centered book!

All in all, I really liked it and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Final rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.