Book Review: ‘The Au Pair’ Asks The Question Who Am I?

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny during the summer in their family estate at Summerbourne, in Norfolk near the water. They have an older brother named Edwin. Their mother died the day she was born but throwing herself over the cliffs. Their dad died a month ago in an accident. So now it’s just the three older kids and their dominating Grandmother Vera. When Seraphine finds a picture of her mom and one of the babies when they were born she wonders which kid it is and why it was only one child.

She starts asking questions about the picture and starts talking to people from when they were born. No one wants to talk about those days. Her Grandmother is quiet, she tracks down Edwin’s old Au Pair Laura who won’t say anything and she tracks down old family friend Uncle Alex, who again won’t say anything. So she keeps digging and finds little clues that ask more questions. She also gets warnings to leave it alone but she can’t do that.

When Alex and Laura finally talk it’s more than she or her family can expect and it will change their lives forever. The story is told through alternating chapters through Seraphine and Laura. They’re are little clues and hints as you read the story that can might help you figure things out but the ultimate reveal is not what you will expect.

This is author Emma Rous debut novel and it’s a page-turner of a story. Full of lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming will keep you reading this right to the end.

You can pick it up in stores on Tuesday, January 8th from Berkley Trade Paperback.

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