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The Au Pair

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'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

Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born their mother threw herself to her death, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and 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

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

'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' 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 34mm | 520g
  • PIATKUS BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349419094
  • 9780349419091
  • 8,118

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Entrancing and compelling . . . atmospheric and reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's work, it's a beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending. Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
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One hell of a ride * New York Post * This intriguing novel, which goes back and forth in time, will keep you hooked until the end * Weekend West * This will keep you turning those pages. The characters are still playing on my mind -- Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband's Wife Don't just pick up and read Emma Rous' The Au Pair, dive into it and get washed away with it. * A bookseller * With a transporting sense of place and gripping story line, The Au Pair delves into the darkest of family secrets. A great read -- Eve Chase Entrancing and compelling . . . atmospheric and reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's work, it's a beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending. -- Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
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About Emma Rous

Emma Rous spent her childhood in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and grew up wanting to write stories and look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge and worked as a small animal vet for eighteen years before starting to write in 2016. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.
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1,930 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 23% (441)
4 42% (804)
3 27% (524)
2 7% (128)
1 2% (33)
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