Oh, yes, things like this do happen.
Leila Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, which she won for The Perfect Nanny. A
journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, she is
French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the
promotion of the French language and culture. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in
1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two
This is not your typical crime fiction novel written today. It is like a Simenon or perhaps Ruth Rendell. Louise is hired by a Yuppie could with two small children. Her devotion soon seems pathological to the reader, but the couple sees only her outward self. The reader is in on just how miserable a life she has. This is a slim, scary book. It almost feels hot in your hand. You don't want to pick it up and you don't want to put it down.
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