I was an au pair to a family in New York City during the early 80’s. I was attending college and it provided a job, housing and a family like atmosphere in which to live and study. I’m still in touch with them these many years after and I’m thankful for the opportunities they provided. I was intrigued to read Emma Rous’ THE AU PAIR (Berkley). My experience was light years away from what I read, and therein lies the intrigue.
In THE AU PAIR ( Berkley), Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny are born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate. Within hours of their birth, their mother throws herself from the cliffs, the au pair flees, and the village is thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who wove a young nanny into their inner circle.
Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises 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, but holding just one baby.
Who is the child and what really happened that day?
Emma Rous weaves an interesting mystery, which demands close attention. It’s a combination of domestic noir and contemporary fiction. After a slow start, where the story line is easy to keep up, the last third, throws facts and reveals at the readers at a frenetic pace. One might want to keep a flow chart close by. This was my experience, maybe it’ll be different for you.
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, and she now writes full time.
The Au Pair is her first novel. It will be published in ten countries, in nine languages. She is currently writing her second book.
Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy of the AU PAIR to giveaway. Just tell what you know about au pairs. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.