When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.
The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered...
'Terrifying and haunting, Lullaby is every parent's worst nightmare. You won't read a smarter, more chilling book this year. It's wonderful.' (Mel McGrath, author of Give Me The Child)
'Consistently spellbinding: a supremely confident and provocative novel that deserves similar success to Gillian Flynn's bestseller.' (Alex Peake-Tomkinson TLS)
A masterpiece: a brilliant exploration of the collision of race, gender, and class wrapped up in a gripping psychological thriller. I absolutely loved it - and read it in one sitting. (Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)
A nanny wields such emotional power, despite a sometimes appalling lack of rights or status or future. ..It's an explosive cocktail, and Leïla Slimani's deft, often agonising novel shakes it up with a precision that takes your breath away.
The acid, throwaway beauty of so many of Slimani's descriptions and phrases [means] that you are taken deep into a fragile, damaged yet somehow rationally irrational psyche. I closed this book feeling very shaken but also with a sense that I'd just had an experience that almost no other art form could have given me. Long live the novel. (Julie Myerson Observer Book of the Day)
'A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good.' (Kate Hamer)
'Through sparse, striking prose, Slimani shucks her character's skins and shows us their messy inner workings. LULLABY is a deeply disturbing, compulsive read that manages to make the monstrous pitiable, the inhuman humane.' (Kiran Millwood Hargrave, bestselling author of The Girl of Ink and Stars)