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The Au Pair: A spellbinding mystery full of dark family secrets

Emma Rous

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery

A tautly plotted mystery of dark family secrets, perfect for fans of Kate Morton


'Entrancing, compelling, atmospheric, reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier. A beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending' Liv Constantine, bestselling author of THE LAST MRS PARRISH

'Delicious and spellbinding . . . absolutely absorbing and scandalous' Booklist

'Enthralling and addictive' Lisa Ballantyne, bestselling author of THE GUILTY ONE

Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are the first set of twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of a stolen baby.

Now twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon becomes fixated with the notion that she and Danny might not be twins after all, that she wasn't the baby born that day and that there was more to her mother's death than she has ever been told...

Why did their beloved au pair flee that day?
Where is she now?
Does she hold the key to what really happened?

'Don't just pick up and read Emma Rous' THE AU PAIR, dive into it and get washed away with it' A bookseller

'Filled with mystery and intrigue. I was gripped until the very last page!' Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of SEA OF MEMORIES 'This will keep you turning those pages. The characters are still playing on my mind' Jane Corry, bestselling author of MY HUSBAND'S WIFE

'One hell of a ride' New York Post 'Vivid characters, a magical setting and a tightly knitted plot . . . jaw-dropping climax' Bookpage

'Family secrets come to light in this compelling debut with a gothic touch and a shocking denouement. Enthralling and addictive' Lisa Ballantyne, bestselling author of THE GUILTY ONE

'A page-turner' Publisher's Weekly
'A juicy and compelling read by a promising new author' Shelf Awareness

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Reader reviews (1)

  • 4.5???? I picked this up because it came highly recommended and it was definitely worth the read. This is a story full of twists and turns and it's not until the end that the whole mystery is revealed. It's a tale of a house and fairytales and of family secrets. Told from two points of view, separated over 20 years, Laura simultaneously tells her story of when she was a nanny at Summerbourne, while Seraphine searches for the truth about who she is based on the finding of a family photo showing only one baby. Who is missing from the photo, her or her twin Danny and why? What dark secrets does Summerbourne hold and what is Seraphine's grandmother hiding? So many secrets to uncover and when the truth is uncovered will Seraphine want to know? I found this hard to put down as I definitely wanted to know the truth about what happened at Summerbourne.

    Claire Louisa Holderness

    Rated 4
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Emma Rous

Emma Rous is the USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair. She 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 small animal veterinarian for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.

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