A family near breaking point hire a nanny with secrets of her own in this gripping novel from an exciting new talent.
On the surface, Ruth and Christian seem like an ordinary working couple with two kids - and a home in chaos.
As the cracks in their marriage widen, they decide to get their very own super-nanny, Aggie.
Quietly efficient, she brings calm and order, and the children adore her.
But why is Aggie so eager to gain their trust? Is there something sinister about her efforts to create the perfect family? And what is she really doing in their home? 'Everything and Nothing' builds to a mesmerising climax in a story that is, at its heart, about thwarted and damaged love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007413959
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Review by jayne_charles
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to work comes this book. We know from the back cover and the opening sections that the ‘perfect nanny’ employed by the chief characters will turn out to be less than perfect, but waiting for things to go wrong is a tense experience.I liked and admired this book for its ability to make me understand and sympathise with all the characters - including the nanny - and its willingness to take on the big philosophical topics of life and set out to encapsulate them using highly effective imagery. As events draw to a climax, and the couple who have spent the previous 200 pages bickering are suddenly engulfed in a new level of crisis, I found the description of their emotional state astute and utterly compelling.I would have to say my favourite moment of the novel was early on, where Christian reads his daughter three Charlie and Lola books and “loses the will to live.” Coming downstairs, he remarks to the cat: “Did you know that Charlie has a little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Except of course she isn’t. She is annoying and precocious and due to total parental neglect has transferred all her negative attention complexes onto poor Charlie who should get some sort of medal from Carol Vorderman.” What joy, what utter joy to discover I’m not the only person who thinks that. Definitely an author on my wavelength.