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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
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My one criticism of the book is that I felt it left the parents' story unfinished... I was dissatisfied that the parents were depicted as being so off-hand with the children, even when their lives achieved balance with the "perfect nanny." It was obvious that the nanny was extremely possessive of the children and most parents are extremely sensitive to this - even detached unloving parents don't want another adult coming first with the child. In a way, I thought this was intended to put some of the blame on the parents - if they had been more present, less concerned with work and more focused on their children, the tragedy would not have taken place. But the depiction of the parents was off-key and didn't make sense.
However, the character description of the nanny is flawless. If you liked the structure of this book (starting with the crime and delving into a character study) I would highly recommend A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell/ Barbara Vine.
To begin with I thought the writing was naieve, then thought no it was a more modern way to write. Before I realised it I was hooked and couldn't put the book down.
The deep understanding of the Nanny ran through the story but the mother chose not to address it and ignore the moral implications. The mother had blurred lines of a relationship with a lady who slowly dominated their lives.
Loved the book. So sad.