Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.
When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.
He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.
Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.
When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.
But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.
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I’d heard a lot about this author from her first book December Girl so was very interested to read this book.
The author does a great job of setting the scene so that the reader feels like they are actually there watching everything unfold. She’s clearly done a lot of research into the period as there is lots of fascinating historical details which helped make the story for me. I loved learning more about the way of life at that time including what they wore and how they spoke.
The nanny character was an absolutely fantastic character that I kept changing my opinions about. She seems such a quiet, unthreatening character at first that I thought maybe the suspicions were all in the housekeepers head. However things soon become quite murky and I found it hugely enjoyable trying to work out her motives for doing what she does.
I thought this was a very gripping, chilling read which I just couldn’t put down. Something happening to my kids in one of my worst fears so my heart was in my mouth at times as I watched all the action unfold. I found myself reading far too late at night as I desperately wanted to see what would happen next.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you like historical thrillers then you need to read this book!
About The Author:
Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. She started her writing career early, entering short story competitions as a child and became an avid reader. Encouraged by her English teachers, she chose to study journalism at Dublin City University and while working in political PR and marketing, studied a series of advanced creative writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre. Later she set up a lifestyle and literary blog http://www.LadyNicci.com, which was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2015 and 2016 and finalist in 2017 and 2018. She signed with Trace Literary Agency in 2016. December Girl is Nicola’s debut historical fiction novel and is set in the mystical and ancient Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, famed for its stone age passage tombs. Elements of the story are inspired by true events. Her second novel The Nanny at Number 43 is published by Poolbeg Press. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Follow her at http://www.ladynicci.com, on Twitter @ladynicci or http://www.facebook.com/ladynicciblog.