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The Au Pair summary The Au Pair, series The Au Pair, book The Au Pair, pdf The Au Pair, The Au Pair 19a87e51d9 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 CircleNow 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 BabyWho Is The Child And What Really Happened That Day One Person Knows The Truth, If Only Seraphine Can Find Her


10 thoughts on “The Au Pair

  1. says:

    3.5 stars The Au Pair is than a decent read, the difference between good and great coming down to the reader s acceptance of the serpentine ending a la V.C Andrews and the author s reliance on a particularly weak plot device.Stylistically, Emma Rous blends contemporary fiction with domestic noir, setting her mystery at a country home A yellow bricked, seaside, family estate, Summerbourne s history and its inhabitants shrouded in secrets The most jarring tale making the rounds, twins not faring well Except for the last set that is, the summer born at Summerbourne Seraphine and Danny Following the accidental death of her father, Seraphine, now twenty five, comes across a photograph of her mother holding a baby Having thrown herself from the cliffs behind Summerbourne the day she gave birth to Seraphine and Danny, makes her pleasant expression and the single baby she s holding suspect The family has never discussed that fateful day, prompting Seraphine to start asking questions Seraphine s underlying feeling of not belonging ignited, she s inspired to track down the one woman who might have answers Laura, her older brother Edwin s au pair, was the one to take the picture, before fleeing into the night, never to be heard from again.The mystery unfolds with rivaling chapters, Seraphine present day and Laura twenty five years earlier, as the young au pair taking turns at the wheel The result, a journey that takes little effort, the pages almost turning themselves Although, the experience isn t without a few potholes Rous opts to move the plot along, on than a few occasions, by administering her characters doses of the oh, I remember now serum It s storyline development that feels lazy and uninspired Memories resurfacing at the most convenient of times, in conjunction with the convoluted climax, knocked my overall enjoyment down a few notches.The page turning quality to the story isn t enough to overcome the identity crisis faced by many of the characters or the blurred familial lines the reader is left to make sense of in the end Best described, in my mind, as confusing and overdone But have no fear, all of that messiness is still somehow wrapped up with a neat little bow Thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.


  2. says:

    Mystique, atmosphere, and surprising twists This novel was so captivating that I did not want to put it down There is a compelling aura of mystery that hovers around the birth of the twins Seraphine and Danny.The twins were born at home at the family s beautiful, sprawling Norfolk estate A photograph is taken of the parents, their older son Edwin, and their mother, Ruth Although, she is only holding only one of her newborn twins Where is the second twin Which one is in the photograph The novel will reveal the unpredictable answers.The setting with the estate s beautiful gardens, the near by beach and the menacing cliffs was atmospheric The gardener who tells spooky tales and a young nanny hired by the family, make this story enchanting and seductive with some gothic vibes.The secrets come out in the second half of the story and you may be able to catch some hints to what is going on along the way I was flipping pages as fast as I could while twists continued until they turned into a full blown tornado I thought I was ahead of the game, but OH NO, take my word for it, I was stunned.An elegantly written suspense novel with some gothic vibes Highly recommend


  3. says:

    3.5 starsTwisted, compulsively readable psychological thriller that centers on deeply hidden family secrets. 25 year old Seraphine buried her father 3 weeks ago and is struggling While she has her twin brother, Danny, and older brother, Edwin, to offer support, she feels like an outsider in her family she always has Her mother committed suicide the day she and Danny were born, and now parentless, she seeks to find answers to the questions she had about her mother s death As she tries to uncover what happened the day her mother died, she begins to question her own origins There is only one person she believes has the answers she seeks Laura, Edwin s childhood Au Pair, Laura, who was present for her birth She tracks down Laura, but in doing so finds herself in danger But one begins to wonder if Seraphine really is in danger or if there is something else at play The narrative alternates between the past in 1991 to the present, with the events being recounted by Laura and the present by Seraphine Seraphine made for an enthralling narrator Many a time, I was questioning the reliability of her version of events I couldn t put this book down it takes a bit for the story to really take off, but as it became clear that there were many secrets and lies to uncover, I got sucked in I had a theory early on about some of the mysterious secrets and I was correctbut while I figured out the who, I could never have guessed the how and the why I love a book that keeps me guessing I knocked this down a half a star due to the believability factor It gets a little overly complicated and convoluted towards the end but at the same time the fascinating narrators and web of lies to expose kept me riveted Overall I found this to be a captivating read I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway


  4. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at book opens in August 2017 Seraphine s father recently passed away so she is sorting through his things She comes across a picture of her mother, father, and older brother, Edwin Her mother is holding a baby in the picture The writing on the back of the picture indicates that the picture was taken the day Seraphine and her twin brother, Danny were born.Seraphine and Danny were born surrounded by grief There is a six month time frame where apparently no pictures were taken of any of the Mayes family So Seraphine is surprised that this picture exists Her mother appears calm and happy in the picture It s hard to believe this picture was taken in the final hours of her mother s life This photo was taken the day EVERYTHING changed for the Mayes family the same day Danny and I were born, our mother jumped from the cliffs behind our house and killed herself Serephine wonders who her mother is holding in the picture Is it her or Danny Why is there only one of them in the picture Her older brother, Edwin is as baffled as she is But his attention is caught by another picture in Seraphine s hands It is a picture of Edwin as a toddler, having fun on the beach with a dark haired teenager He remembers her Her name is Laura and she was his au pair She left the day the twins were born.Seraphine has always wanted to know why her mother committed suicide and what happened in the hours beforehand She thinks there is only one person who can answer her questions LAURA THE AU PAIR Everyone tells Seraphine to let it go but she just can t Her family is haunted by tragedy Their lives filled with secrets and lies Seraphine just wants answers, but there may be people who want to keep her from finding out the truth.Will Seraphine find the woman who can tell her what happened on that fateful day Will searching for answers put Seraphine and others in danger I thought this was a great debut novel The characters were fascinating The chapters alternated, telling the story from both Seraphine and Laura s point of view, in both the past and present Although it was a little slow at times, the plot was intriguing and kept me guessing The Au Pair is a well written and entertaining novel full of surprises with an ending I didn t see coming.I think that Emma Rous is a writer to watch I am excited to read what she comes up with next.I d like to thank Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel All opinions are my own.


  5. says:

    FIVE STARSThe Au Pair is a delicious, old fashioned mystery complete with a gothic setting and a clever plot puzzle that just begs to be solved.While not exactly a psychological suspense type story, I found it to be just as page turnable as any thriller I thought I had most of the puzzle figured out, but it is a bit complicated and I could never work out one piece of the puzzle That piece, indeed, turned out to be the biggest reveal at the end.If you are an Agatha Christie fan at heart, you will adore this haunting and lovingly told cozy mystery Also, perfect for fans of Rebecca and The Death of Mrs Westaway Many thanks to Netgalley for my early copy Strictly my own opinions.


  6. says:

    Seraphine Mayes recently lost her father in a tragic accident When cleaning out his belongings from their home, Summerbourne, she finds a long lost picture she had never seen before In it is her mother, Ruth, and her father, Domenic, holding a new born baby It was taken the day she was born but where is her twin brother Danny Why wouldn t all four of them be in the picture And why did her mother throw herself off the cliffs into the sea below only hours after their birth Seraphine questions her older brother Edwin about the picture He can t tell her much except that the picture was taken by his au pair, Laura, who never returned after their mothers suicide Seraphine makes it her mission to track down Laura in hopes that she ll provide her the answers she s looking for The chapters alternate between Seraphine in the present and Laura in the past when she moves into Summerbourne as their new au pair I could not stand Seraphine I found her completely annoying I thought her behavior often than not was atrocious and I found it very hard to garner any sympathy for her plight This woman went from 0 to 60 in 1 second after finding that picture She went from a grieving daughter to Who am I Who are my REAL parents From here she accuses pretty much every one around her of lying to her My urge to smack this woman grew with every turn of the page I found Laura s chapters much interesting which gave me the resolve to finish this book While it may of been interesting it quickly morphed into the ridiculous towards the end view spoiler You aren t going to tell me that NO ONE knew or even suspected that Laura was pregnant because she was tall How coincidental that after birthing Ruth s baby that she herself would go into labor That s just a little too convenient for me hide spoiler


  7. says:

    An exquisitely spun web of spellbinding secrets and dark deceit This suspenseful story Will keep you riveted from first line to last a magical tale that will awaken your imagination and stretch your mind.Emma Rouz has woven together an enchanting story that will make the unbelievable believable.This book is like a walk on a foggy morning when you start out you can barely see your hand in front of your face but as you go on the fog begins to Clear The path is Windee with some unexpected twists and you may not end up where you originally thought you would but every step was SO worth the satisfying end.A grande estate, a set of twins, a mysterious photograph, and a rumor of a curse Seraphine has always felt as though she didn t quite belong so when she discovers a picture after her father passes away A picture with only one babySeraphine is convinced than ever that things are not as she s been told her entire life is the baby in the picture her or her twin brother Danny And why are both babies not in the picture And how can her mother look so happy when merely hours later she takes her own life So many questions and only one person who knows the answers.This book was told from duel perspectives Seraphine and her struggle to finding who she really is and Laura, The au pair, in 1991 when she was working for the family taking care of Edwin the twins older brother both these characters were likable and sympathetic, but I have to admit Laura really stole the show for me A better au pair you could not ask for not to mention the girl was thrown into this dysfunctional family s dramaA captivating creepy story with a gothic vibe that will keep you glued to those pages A dark deceptive tail that will leave your mind reeling and your heart racing An absolute must read Strongly recommend huge thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book


  8. says:

    Oh, what a tangled web 3.25 convoluted, family secrets filled stars for The Au Pair Within hours of her birth Seraphine Mayes mother Ruth had thrown herself from the cliffs near their family home 25 years later, as Seraphine mourns the death of her father she comes across a hidden, old family photo Seraphine never had a photo with her mother but in this photo dated on the day she was born her mother sits, smiling, cradling an infant, surrounded by her older son and husband This photo would be a welcome discovery if not for the fact that there should be two babies in the photo Seraphine has a twin brother, Danny So which of them is in the photo and why is one of them missing Seraphine s mind becomes a swell of emotions, memories and stories Growing up there had been many rumors shared about the Summerbourne twins That they were not really from Summerbourne, they were sprites or worse children Ruth had stolen at the height of her madness before killing herself Seraphine can not shake the uneasiness this photo ignites in her She becomes obsessed with finding out what happened on the day she and Danny were born With both her parents dead and her grandmother Vera unwilling to discuss anything about the past Seraphine is determined to track down the only other person who knows what truly happened that day her older brother Edwin s Au Pair, Laura The mystery unfolds, via alternating chapters of the past detailing Laura s eleven months spent as an Au Pair with the Mayes family and the present chronicling Seraphine s journey towards discovery of the truth It is a slow unraveling of long hidden family secrets brought to light in much too convenient ways at times I had definite theories early on about who was responsible for certain acts in Seraphine s present as well as what went on in the past I was correct in both cases though I did have the twin aspect figured out incorrectly The story gets very confusing and convoluted at the end a bit too much for my liking I had a hard time accepting some of the reveal but overall the story was entertaining and definitely kept me turning the pages If you enjoy stories about family secrets, tragedy, mental instability and deception everywhere then this one is definitely for you Thank you Emma Rous, Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for an arc of this book.


  9. says:

    3.5 Doesn t it just figure that after making the decision to read many less psychological thrillers next year, I would finish this year with a couple I actually liked This one begins with a death and a picture A picture that sends a young woman, one of a set of twins, scrambling for answers One baby, when there should have been two.A gothic toned storyline, a past that holds many secrets and deceptions, and a determined young woman bent on finding answers There were so many babies in this, it made my head hurt trying to figure out whose baby belonged to whom Where do they all belong A young au pair that finds herself right in the middle of a drama Folk takes about twins where one doesn t survive, because of a myth, a curse, human hand Quite interesting trying to figure all this out before the denoument A big bad wolf in someone else s clothes That part I didn t figure on, but I actually did quite well with the rest of it.The end, a little too dramatic for me, almost lost me there, but did enjoy getting there so Why don t authors realize that less is sometimes and that they can leave out the kitchen sink.ARC from Edelweiss.


  10. says:

    4.5 starsSuch a page turner, I ended up finishing it in a day It s just one of those good old popcorn eating reads in which you can t wait to see how everything unfolds Seraphine and her twin brother Danny were only hours old when their mother committed suicide off the cliffs of the Norfolk coast Now an adult, Seraphine is mourning the death of her father While going through his possessions at the family estate, she uncovers a family photograph of her parents, older brother Edwin, and a baby on what looks like the day she and Danny were born But what strikes Seraphine is odd is her mother is smiling in the photo even though in a mere matter of hours she kills herself and there is only one baby in the photograph What does this mean and will she be able to find the answers she is looking for even though so many years have passed In terms of sheer entertainment, this was a 5 star read I loved the dual timelines of the present with Seraphine and the past with the au pair, Laura The story does become a little complicated towards the end and there were times I had to pause and get everything squared away in my head before I could continue reading I think some valid points could be made on whether the story is realistic however this book has that weird, creepy but fun, trainwreck type vibe that whether or not it is believable doesn t really matter much to me This is the type of book you read when you want to escape from your life and read about the crazy, messed up lives of other people A perfect vacation read I received a free copy in the mail from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion.


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