Nanny Dearest
by Flora Collins

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada for the complimentary review copy of Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins.

Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins publishes today—November 30, 2021—by Harper Collins Canada and Mira Books!

Nanny Dearest was, for the most part, an enjoyable read!  Although on the slower (and I mean sloooow) side, it was quite entertaining, creepy, and it managed to hold my interest throughout.

Nanny Dearest follows Sue Keller, a grief-stricken twenty-something who is mourning the recent death of her father, after already losing her mother several years prior.  One day, she runs into her childhood nanny, Anneliese Whittaker, and because Sue is longing for a parental connection and motherly relationship, the two of them grow close and Anneliese quickly begins to fill the void in Sue’s life.  However, their relationship is threatened when Sue starts to uncover the truth about who Anneliese really is and why she was dismissed 20+ years ago.

I liked the general story and plot of the novel.  There were some minor plot holes that require the reader to piece some things together and hope that they’re right.  The characters were interesting and well-rounded.  My favourite, by far, was Anneliese, and although she is completely insane, I can understand how she became that way (it’s honestly weird being able to connect with the villain of the story).  Despite my enjoyment of the story and my ability to connect with the characters, I feel like there was something missing from it, at the same time.  Perhaps I was hoping for something even creepier and something a little less predictable?  I’m not entirely sure.  The ending, ending, also left me wanting more.  I wasn’t quite satisfied with the way that last chapter went.

Nonetheless, pick this one up if you’re looking for a slow-burn featuring a creepy nanny that’s sure to keep you engaged and hold your interest!


In this compulsively readable novel of domestic suspense, a young woman takes comfort in reconnecting with her childhood nanny after her father’s death, until she starts to uncover secrets the nanny has been holding for twenty years.

Sue Keller is lost. When her father dies suddenly, she’s orphaned in her mid-twenties, her mother already long gone. Then Sue meets Annie. It’s been twenty years, but Annie could never forget that face. She was Sue’s live-in nanny at their big house upstate, and she loved Sue like she was her own.

Craving connection and mothering, Sue is only too eager to welcome Annie back into her life; but as they become inseparable once again, Sue starts to uncover the truth about Annie’s unsettling time in the Keller house all those years ago, particularly the manner of her departure—or dismissal. At the same time, she begins to grow increasingly alarmed for the safety of the two new charges currently in Annie’s care.

Told in alternating points of views—Annie in the mid-’90s and Sue in the present day—this taut novel of suspense will keep readers turning the pages right up to the shocking end.


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