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The Au Pair

By: Emma Rous
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)
Regular price: $28.00
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Publisher's Summary

If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous' The Au Pair would be it.

National best seller!

One of the most anticipated books of 2019 from Pop Sugar, Bustle, Cosmo, Parade, and Goodreads

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 circle. 

Now 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 smiling serenely and holding just one baby. 

Who is the child, and what really happened that day?

©2019 Emma Rous (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“This will keep you turning those pages. The characters are still playing on my mind.” (Jane Corry, USA Today best-selling author of My Husband's Wife)

“Entrancing and compelling, The Au Pair seamlessly alternates between two riveting narrators. Atmospheric and reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's work, it's a beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending.” (Liv Constantine, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)

“As delicious and spellbinding as a soap opera, complete with the dramatic moments and outrageous twists. A promising first novel from Rous, The Au Pair is an absolutely absorbing and scandalous page-turner.” (Booklist)

An Indie Next and Library Reads Pick!

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A Satisfying and Refreshing Thriller

Good characters, an extremely unique plot and excellent narration. A true psychological thriller with a plot that winds around itself, without being too obvious and ends with a total surprise.

Robin the Reviewer

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Couldn’t put it down!

The Au Pair increasingly kept my attention with each chapter. I loved how each chapter went back and forth between two characters 25 years apart. By the end, I couldn’t WAIT to find out what happened both 25 years ago and in the present. Full of unexpected twists!

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Just ridiculous

I didn't enjoy anything about this book... not even the narrator. The only redeeming quality was that I actually finished it to find out who was who. If I say more there will be spoilers. I just can't recommend this one

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WOW

Wow. This book started off very slowly for me. But the author gives you just enough to keep reading. And then, I could not stop listening. My toddler got way too much screen time so I could finish!

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Wow! Great story.

People should think before they cheat. Seriously, adultery causes so many major problems. The author did a great job on this book. Yeah, some of it may not seem like it would work that way in real life, but still well done in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading about this fictional family’s messes. Books like this make my family look normal.

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Very glad to have found this story

Wow. Very good story. I was especially enthralled by the narrator who really drew you in to the emotion the character was feeling. I will definitely look for her in the future. But the story itself was so much more than I expected. I just thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to the author and narrator.

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The Au Pair.

What a story!! So rich in characters and plot. Wonderful! And so full of suspense. Bonus, the narrators are brilliant! I definitely recommend this book!!

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The Au Pair

Loved the book. The Narrator did a great job. Had a problem putting the book down.

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Acceptable Fluff

OK but not spectacular. Do not understand the high ratings. Limited credibility. Character motivations not sufficiently developed. The secret was not too difficult to solve. The “happily ever after” epilogue a bit too saccharin.

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If you liked soap operas in the early-mid 90's...

If you liked soap operas in the early to mid 90's then this one is for you. If you were wrapped up in the Marlena saga on Days of Our Lives, or how many times Erica was married on All my Children, you might like this story. Lots of twists, but in the end I had it right from the beginning. Can I get my credit back please?