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January 22, 2019

The Au Pair by Emma Rous ~ a Review #TeaserTuesday

by Susan Roberts

First chapter, first paragraph

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

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January 2019; Berkley; 978-0440000457
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); suspense
The Au Pair is a chilling suspenseful novel that had me guessing until the last chapter. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I would find out a few pages later how wrong I was. This was a debut novel for this author and I think we'll see great books from her in the future.

After Seraphine's father dies, she goes through his desk trying to find out the mystery in her family. Her two brothers - Edwin and her twin Danny don't understand why she is so obsessed with her past.

She finds a picture of her mom the day she died holding one baby - but where was the other twin when this picture was taken? And why did her mom commit suicide on the same day the twins were born? Seraphine decides to track down Laura, the au pair who was living with the family at the time of the birth. Once she finds Laura, the pieces to the puzzle of her family become clearer but when someone tries to kill Laura, the family wonders if they are all in danger.

This story is told in alternating chapters by Laura, the au pair who took care of Edwin and left on the day the twins were born and by Seraphine who is trying to solve the mystery. It was a great way to find out the past and present and to see how the stories came together at the end. This was a real page-turner that kept me questioning everything until the surprising ending.

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About the Author: 

Emma Rous
Emma Rous grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal, and Fiji, and from a young age, she had two ambitions: to write stories and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge and worked as a veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband and three sons.

The Au Pair is the first novel by Emma Rous.  She can be found on Facebook and on Instagram.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

This post is linked up to First Chapter, First Paragraph at I'd Rather Be At The Beach.

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  1. I've already got this one on my list to try. I'm seeing some very good reviews and thoughts by others. Enjoy!

  2. Great excerpt. I've been eyeing this book. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. I like to hear about page turners!

  4. I'll be looking out for this one - like the opener as it says quite a bit and of course has me asking those questions from the off!

  5. A friend just finished this book and highly recommended it to me. I like what I see here.

  6. This isn't my normal sort of read, but after reading your review, I really want to read it! I love a book that keeps me guessing!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction