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A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets. Nanny needed. Discretion is of the utmost importance. Special conditions apply. When Sarah Larsen finds the notice, posted on creamy card stock in her building's lobby, one A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets. Nanny needed. Discretion is of the utmost importance. Special conditions apply. When Sarah Larsen finds the notice, posted on creamy card stock in her building's lobby, one glance at the exclusive address tells her she's found her ticket out of a dead-end job--and life. At the interview, the job seems like a dream come true: a glamorous penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side of NYC; a salary that adds several zeroes to her current income; the beautiful, worldly mother of her charge, who feels more like a friend than a potential boss. She's overjoyed when they offer her the position and signs the NDA without a second thought. In retrospect, the notice in her lobby was less an engraved invitation than a waving red flag. For there is something very strange about the Bird family. Why does the beautiful Mrs. Bird never leave the apartment alone? And what happened to the nanny before her? It soon becomes clear that the Birds' odd behaviors are more than the eccentricities of the wealthy. But by then it's too late for Sarah to seek help. After all, discretion is of the utmost importance.


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A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets. Nanny needed. Discretion is of the utmost importance. Special conditions apply. When Sarah Larsen finds the notice, posted on creamy card stock in her building's lobby, one A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets. Nanny needed. Discretion is of the utmost importance. Special conditions apply. When Sarah Larsen finds the notice, posted on creamy card stock in her building's lobby, one glance at the exclusive address tells her she's found her ticket out of a dead-end job--and life. At the interview, the job seems like a dream come true: a glamorous penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side of NYC; a salary that adds several zeroes to her current income; the beautiful, worldly mother of her charge, who feels more like a friend than a potential boss. She's overjoyed when they offer her the position and signs the NDA without a second thought. In retrospect, the notice in her lobby was less an engraved invitation than a waving red flag. For there is something very strange about the Bird family. Why does the beautiful Mrs. Bird never leave the apartment alone? And what happened to the nanny before her? It soon becomes clear that the Birds' odd behaviors are more than the eccentricities of the wealthy. But by then it's too late for Sarah to seek help. After all, discretion is of the utmost importance.

30 review for Nanny Needed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I’m not opposed to the occasional ride on a literary crazy train. That said, this one requires a LOT of just going along for the ride and not asking questions, and for most of the ride, I didn’t want to get off. Sarah Larsen is a 26-year-old up to her eyeballs in debt after shouldering the medical bills of her now deceased Aunt Clara, who raised her after the death of her parents when she was five. She’s waitressing alongside her supportive live-in fiance, Jonathan, as they struggle to make ends I’m not opposed to the occasional ride on a literary crazy train. That said, this one requires a LOT of just going along for the ride and not asking questions, and for most of the ride, I didn’t want to get off. Sarah Larsen is a 26-year-old up to her eyeballs in debt after shouldering the medical bills of her now deceased Aunt Clara, who raised her after the death of her parents when she was five. She’s waitressing alongside her supportive live-in fiance, Jonathan, as they struggle to make ends meet and save up for their eventual wedding. When she sees a man post a flyer in their apartment foyer seeking a nanny for a family living in a swanky area of NYC, she sees her opportunity to get out of the financial mess she’s in. As can be predicted, this is only the beginning of a MUCH bigger mess she’ll find herself in with this secretive family. For the record, this is the part where the crazy train pulls up to the station… I don’t want to go into the plot any further, because there’s no good way to do so without spoilers. All I can say is that, as my friend and fellow reviewer, Michelle, pointed out, you’ll probably see the initial reveal coming a mile away, and I’m not sure the author, Georgina Cross, was really trying to mask it. I think it was more of an intentional ‘easing into the unease’ of what’s to come, because things get just plain weird from that point out. I enjoyed the bizarre direction the story took and I seriously didn’t want to put the book down. Chapter after chapter, I kept going, waiting eagerly for the big reveals that were sure to come, enjoying my ride on the train and savoring each scene I was looking at. That is ... until the train, which was SO tantalizingly close to our final blissful destination, made an unexpected stop at the Sillyville Station, where apparently Farmer Jenkins and all the other Scooby-Doo villains, whose confessional trope so many of us despise, got on board and encouraged one of this book’s characters to try out their own eye-rolling confessional. NOOOOOOOO. Why? Why? Whyyyyyy? I hate them. I’ll always hate them. Ugh. So disappointing. The final reveal was pretty cool, if you’re willing to suspend (or just utterly destroy) disbelief, and I like where things end up with Sarah, so all was not lost at the end. All in all, I liked the book and would recommend it, but next time I’m getting a non-stop ticket to my destination! My rating for 90% of the book is a 4, my rating for the last 10% is a 2.5, so for now I’ll settle on 3.5 and see how I feel in a couple days. It may go up (doubtfully) if I can bring myself to forgive that darn Scooby-Doo ending. ★★★ ½ (rounded down to 3) Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Bantam, NetGalley and author Georgina Cross for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. It’s due to be published October 5, 2021. This and all my other reviews can also be found at: https://acuriouskatreads.blogspot.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 STARS Sarah is drowning in debt when she comes across an ad for a nanny in New York. It is like a dream come true and she is on top of the world. She later finds out that she will need to sign a contract with a lot of small print, which she doesn't bother to read. An easy, dramatic mystery. It skips along at a good pace as we learn more about the "nanny contract". The author adds a few elements of surprise that had me scratching my head, trying to figure out what was going on inside the upsca 3.5 STARS Sarah is drowning in debt when she comes across an ad for a nanny in New York. It is like a dream come true and she is on top of the world. She later finds out that she will need to sign a contract with a lot of small print, which she doesn't bother to read. An easy, dramatic mystery. It skips along at a good pace as we learn more about the "nanny contract". The author adds a few elements of surprise that had me scratching my head, trying to figure out what was going on inside the upscale home. Lifetime movie stuff, add some eerie tunes and perhaps a murder or two? If you'd like to meet the Bird family and are looking for a different take on the nanny plot with some deceptive, colorful characters and some cray-cray charades, enjoy the ride. Although, you will need to turn your believability radar completely off to enjoy. Thanks to NG and the publisher for granting my wish! OUT 10-5-21

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Nanny stories are a dime a dozen in the psych thriller genre but this one was a little different than the others that I've read. Sarah is struggling with debt and getting by on tips waitressing. She lives with her fiancé, Jonathan, and they have grand plans for their future if only they could get out from under the mountain of debt. One day, Sarah, see's a posting on the bulletin board of her NYC apartment building. Nanny Needed. Utmost discretion required. That should have been a red flag but t Nanny stories are a dime a dozen in the psych thriller genre but this one was a little different than the others that I've read. Sarah is struggling with debt and getting by on tips waitressing. She lives with her fiancé, Jonathan, and they have grand plans for their future if only they could get out from under the mountain of debt. One day, Sarah, see's a posting on the bulletin board of her NYC apartment building. Nanny Needed. Utmost discretion required. That should have been a red flag but the salary she is offered is exactly what her and Jonathan need to move forward with their future. Once she meets the Birds she realizes this nanny position is much more than she ever bargained for. I'll admit as soon as she interviews with the Birds family I knew instantly what was wrong with the situation. I think most readers will and I'm not sure if it's actually meant to be a twist and it certainly didn't hinder my reading experience for having figured it out. It sets the stage for what can only be described as a WHACKADOODLE story. Oh my, things aren't right at the Bird residence but Sarah has signed a contract. She can not leave for 3 months or she will be sued by the family or worse. Okay, so the ending you will need to suspend disbelief for. It get's a little far fetched. I didn't actually buy the ending but it fits well with the rest of the story and since I had such a good time with it I accepted the ending for exactly what it is. This isn't highbrow literature. This is a book meant simply to entertain the reader and in that respect it has proven successful. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Bantam for my copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    Wow! This is just what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. Nanny Needed was a total thrill ride from page one. Sarah Larsen is thrust into the creepy world of the Bird family when she answers an ad for a nanny. From the moment she agrees to take the job an eerie feeling of unease engulfs her life. The story is disturbing, compelling and macabre. I couldn’t put down this fast paced nail biting thriller! The book is full of sinister and surprising twists from start to finish. Georgina Cross Wow! This is just what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. Nanny Needed was a total thrill ride from page one. Sarah Larsen is thrust into the creepy world of the Bird family when she answers an ad for a nanny. From the moment she agrees to take the job an eerie feeling of unease engulfs her life. The story is disturbing, compelling and macabre. I couldn’t put down this fast paced nail biting thriller! The book is full of sinister and surprising twists from start to finish. Georgina Cross is definitely an auto-read author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you NetGalley and Bantam for my advanced copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    This gripping, suspenseful thriller will leave you shocked with an unexpected reveal! I found myself rushing through it to find out what is going on!!!!!???? A typical young couple are trying to make ends meet when a job posting comes available for Sarah Larsen. Her boyfriend Jonathan works with her waiting tables at a local restaurant in NYC while she chips away at her Aunt Clara's medical bills. Her parents died when she was too young to remember them, so she feels responsible for the only wom This gripping, suspenseful thriller will leave you shocked with an unexpected reveal! I found myself rushing through it to find out what is going on!!!!!???? A typical young couple are trying to make ends meet when a job posting comes available for Sarah Larsen. Her boyfriend Jonathan works with her waiting tables at a local restaurant in NYC while she chips away at her Aunt Clara's medical bills. Her parents died when she was too young to remember them, so she feels responsible for the only woman who cared for her before she died. The nanny job consists of caring for a 4 year old girl Patty on a 12th floor penthouse apartment on the Upper West side of NYC. Meeting the mother, Sarah was in awe of her beauty and elegance. Mrs. Collett Bird greets her in a strange and uncanny way, but not thinking anymore about it and meeting with Mrs. Bird's stepson, Stephen, she signs a 3 month contract with a salary of $1200 a week and a stipulation "Discretion is the utmost importance". A very odd twist and take on the Nanny story you do not want to miss. These are some of the wealthiest strangest people all working together with staff to spoil and lavish Patty. Who is more spoilt the mother or Patty? Strangely, they never leave the apartment, which quickly claustrophobia closes in, as well as the wickedly entitled before their secret is out. She should have heeded the small fine print in the contract as a warning and the red herrings all along the way. There were so many chilling encounters in this book I couldn't stop until that final shocking wave. Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for this incredible ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    About the book: “A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets.” My thoughts: Sarah is looking for a fresh start, and her nanny job is just the ticket out of her old life. Working in a penthouse, for the Bird family, on the Upper West Side of NYC, what more could she need? Well, the Birds are odd with lots of secrets, and Mrs. Bird never leave About the book: “A young woman takes a job as a nanny for an impossibly wealthy family, thinking she's found her entre into a better life--only to discover instead she's walked into a world of deception and dark secrets.” My thoughts: Sarah is looking for a fresh start, and her nanny job is just the ticket out of her old life. Working in a penthouse, for the Bird family, on the Upper West Side of NYC, what more could she need? Well, the Birds are odd with lots of secrets, and Mrs. Bird never leaves the home by herself. Easy to read and tightly plotted, I really enjoyed the characters and storytelling. The ending took me by surprise, and the entire story was pure entertainment and drama. Loved it! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    3.5 stars Review to come! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Imagine working as a nanny for a glamorous family, living on the Upper West Side in New York City. Upon entering the lobby of the apartment building view the floor-to-ceiling white marble...Burgundy carpet [leading] to a vintage gold-colored elevator. Sarah Larsen would be interviewed for the position at the Bird family's 12th floor penthouse. Sarah and boyfriend Jonathan both worked as servers at a restaurant in the East Village. They lived from paycheck to paycheck. Hounded by debt collectors a Imagine working as a nanny for a glamorous family, living on the Upper West Side in New York City. Upon entering the lobby of the apartment building view the floor-to-ceiling white marble...Burgundy carpet [leading] to a vintage gold-colored elevator. Sarah Larsen would be interviewed for the position at the Bird family's 12th floor penthouse. Sarah and boyfriend Jonathan both worked as servers at a restaurant in the East Village. They lived from paycheck to paycheck. Hounded by debt collectors and trying to pay off Sarah's Aunt Clara's medical bills, a second job would be most beneficial. A posting in the lobby of their apartment building caught Sarah's eye. "Nanny Needed. Discretion is of the utmost importance. Special conditions apply" Sarah was determined to work for both the restaurant and as a nanny, if hired. Jonathan's thoughts: "What if the family is batshit crazy?" "There was no public listing for this job...Collette Bird, the one hiring a nanny, doesn't have much of a digital footprint...one link...A website for a local children's hospital-the fundraising chair...". The job requirements: Nanny for an almost four year old girl named Patty. "Collette takes her time speaking in a sing-song voice and reaches down to hold the little girl's hand...I like to meet with the nanny candidates first and let Patty listen. Then whoever makes the cut can come back for a follow-up." Stephen Bird, Patty's older brother explains, "It's comforting for [my stepmother] to have someone here with her and Patty...I think she sees potential in you...didn't seem too concerned with your lack of nannying experience." The job will be a piece of cake. "Imagine an entire family doting on the little girl. Patty never wanting for anything." Collette seemed to be an intense helicopter parent who wanted her young daughter to stay within the penthouse walls. Sarah couldn't resist when the job was offered pending her signature on a three month employment contract which contained a non-disclosure agreement to maintain the Bird family's privacy. Contract signed! Within a few days, despite a promised weekly salary of $1,200 in cash, Sarah had buyer's remorse, a dark secret having been discovered. Stephen Bird informed Sarah that she didn't look closely enough at the contract. "But I assure you it's something you will learn to tolerate, to work with and respect...We have a system. Each of us has a role...You agreed to a three-month stay." There will be dire consequences for early termination. "Nanny Needed" by Georgina Cross is a suspenseful, riveting thriller. It was clear that the environment at the Bird penthouse was controlled and contained. "Underneath the manipulation and erratic moods, [Collette] is a deeply lonely woman. A woman in pain." Sarah's pain was of a different sort, "I know I should leave this place, but I don't...I stay put." However, why did the prior nanny leave? Why were Collette and Patty basically homebound? The twists and turns created an unputdownable read with a surprising, unexpected reveal. Thank you Random House Publishing Group/ Bantam and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Gripping, disturbing, WTH I just read kind of high tension thriller giving you Night Shyamalan’s digital series Servant vibes. It’s intriguing mystery with promising start and extremely smart conclusion: 26 years old Sarah Larsen barely makes ends meet with her waitressing job, dealing with piling up unpaid bills, getting threats from debt collectors because of unpaid hospital bills of her recently passed away Aunt Clara. Her fiancée Jonathan works at the same restaurant with her cannot be help Gripping, disturbing, WTH I just read kind of high tension thriller giving you Night Shyamalan’s digital series Servant vibes. It’s intriguing mystery with promising start and extremely smart conclusion: 26 years old Sarah Larsen barely makes ends meet with her waitressing job, dealing with piling up unpaid bills, getting threats from debt collectors because of unpaid hospital bills of her recently passed away Aunt Clara. Her fiancée Jonathan works at the same restaurant with her cannot be helpful to pay her debts either. She needs a quick way out : the flyers she’s found at her apartment about nanny job can be the answer for her predicament. She doesn’t have any babysitting experience but she loves children so it cannot be so hard to take care of a four years old child, can it? She scheduled an interview by Stephen Bird who is 32 years old stepson of Collette Bird: the mother of baby who needs help to take care of her little girl Patty, as she concentrated on philanthropist achievements at children hospitals. Even though she doesn’t have any experience about children, Sarah makes great connection with Collette, an elegant, sophisticated second wife of wealthy, high achiever businessman Alex Bird. The job is too good to be true: weekly 12 hundred dollars payment ( Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 3 or 4 p.m.), she will spend her time mostly unbounded in the multimillion dollar fortress of Upper West Side apartment. There are plenty toys, board games, movies to keep little Patty busy. It seems like piece of cake. Of course Sarah gets so exhilarated when they chose her for the job. This means she can solve her entire financial problems with this godsend job and she can also keep her waitressing gig at the same time! But as soon as she reaches to Bird family’s fancy Upper West apartment for the second day of her job she finds out the jaw dropping secret they have been hiding nearly 2 decades! She cannot resign because without reading her NDA she just signed it and she forgot to demand her copy. It’s all written there what kind of secret she has to keep along with family! And if she doesn’t oblige the part of her responsibilities, there will be legal complications which could turn her life into hell. She cannot even tell a word about her predicament to her fiancée so at least three months she’s trapped in this apartment with Bird family. If she dares to open her mouth, things will get more complicated for her and when she digs out more about what happened to the nannies before her, she has every right to scare for her life! The conclusion of the story is shockingly unexpected and well played! It was engrossing, spine tingling, heart pounding thriller I highly recommend! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/ Ballantine / Bantam for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    Nanny Needed, a thriller book, was a solid 3.5 star read. Sarah is a young woman that is heavily in debt, so it’s a dream come true when she is hired as a nanny for a wealthy family. Working for a nice and loving family in a luxurious penthouse, and a high salary-what more can a person ask for? No spoilers here, but Sarah is definitely in for more than she bargained for. This may seem like a vague description but it’s best to go in “blind” on this one. I throughly enjoyed Nanny Needed-it’s a quic Nanny Needed, a thriller book, was a solid 3.5 star read. Sarah is a young woman that is heavily in debt, so it’s a dream come true when she is hired as a nanny for a wealthy family. Working for a nice and loving family in a luxurious penthouse, and a high salary-what more can a person ask for? No spoilers here, but Sarah is definitely in for more than she bargained for. This may seem like a vague description but it’s best to go in “blind” on this one. I throughly enjoyed Nanny Needed-it’s a quick read (maybe one to bring on vacation or to the beach) and I enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the book. Highly recommended to fans of mystery/thriller books. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of the book exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars** When Sarah Larsen finds a job posting in the lobby of her building from a wealthy family looking for a nanny, she thinks it may be just the break she needs to get out of debt. Sure, it says, special conditions apply, which is a little suspicious, but she's never going to make headway in her bills with just her waitressing gig. Applying for the job, she can hardly believe it when she makes it through to the interview stage. Even more unbelievable is the family home, a penthouse on the **3.5-stars** When Sarah Larsen finds a job posting in the lobby of her building from a wealthy family looking for a nanny, she thinks it may be just the break she needs to get out of debt. Sure, it says, special conditions apply, which is a little suspicious, but she's never going to make headway in her bills with just her waitressing gig. Applying for the job, she can hardly believe it when she makes it through to the interview stage. Even more unbelievable is the family home, a penthouse on the Upper West Side. This is exactly what she needs and she gets it! The Bird family is extremely wealthy and cherish their privacy, therefore, Sarah is required to sign an NDA, which she doesn't think too much about. The pay, the work hours, the minimal job requirements, it all seems a little too good to be true. And y'all know, if it seems that way, it's because it is! It doesn't take long on the new job before Sarah realizes something is very off with the Birds. Very, very off. Although the other members of staff aren't completely willing to talk with her about the family, the little she is able to pick up indicates there have been a few nannies before her, the last one departing suddenly. What happened to them? What would make them leave such a seemingly prestigious placement? Nanny Needed is one wild ride. Getting to meet the Bird family was quite the jaw dropping experience. Oh wow, the secrets we keep. Sarah got into it deep. I can't believe how long she stayed into it, but there we go. Throughout it all, I was hooked, I'll admit it, like a moth to a flame. Rich people drama is a trope I love. While this was a bit far-fetched, it still kept me entertained. Particularly the second-half, which I read it one sitting. I think if you are looking for a fun, fast-paced, Lifetime movie-type read, this would be a good one to pick up. Even though it most likely won't be super memorable for me, it kept me engaged the entire time I was reading and that's a great thing! Thank you so much to the publisher, Bantam, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I definitely look forward to picking up more from this author!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross is a mystery thriller novel. This one certainly is a book that makes you think about the old saying too good too be true as the story unfolds. Sarah Larsen is living with her fiance in New York city and knows that they are barely scraping by with bill collectors constantly calling. Sarah had grown up with her aunt raising her after her parents passed when she was young so when her aunt got sick Sarah stayed by her side as the bills piled up. When Sarah sees a notice Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross is a mystery thriller novel. This one certainly is a book that makes you think about the old saying too good too be true as the story unfolds. Sarah Larsen is living with her fiance in New York city and knows that they are barely scraping by with bill collectors constantly calling. Sarah had grown up with her aunt raising her after her parents passed when she was young so when her aunt got sick Sarah stayed by her side as the bills piled up. When Sarah sees a notice in her building’s lobby advertising a nanny position in the more elite section of the city she thinks this may just be the thing to get them out of debt. However, after applying and accepting the job Sarah quickly finds that things may not always be what they seem and having signed a contract she’s not sure she can leave. I have to admit that when I began reading Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross I was not too sure how this one would work out for me in the end. Some books pull you right in and others take a while and this was a mix between the two. The first twist in the story was a bit obvious to me as a reader but the problem there was not that it wasn’t hidden well but that the main character’s reaction put me off a bit. However, that being said I was definitely pulled under by then and needed to continue to fly through the pages and was certainly entertained by the rest of the twists and turns. One that I would say try for yourself, you just may find you enjoy this wacky ride. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    What a creepy domestic thriller. Thanks to Netgalley, Georgina Cross, and Random House for my copy of Nanny Needed. The book was about Sarah, a woman who finds a job posting in her apartment lobby too good to pass up. She interviews to be a nanny in the gorgeous Upper East Side apartment of a rich and secretive family. When she is offered the job, she is so excited that she signs the NDA without a second thought. But there is something going on beneath the surface in the Bird family. Where have What a creepy domestic thriller. Thanks to Netgalley, Georgina Cross, and Random House for my copy of Nanny Needed. The book was about Sarah, a woman who finds a job posting in her apartment lobby too good to pass up. She interviews to be a nanny in the gorgeous Upper East Side apartment of a rich and secretive family. When she is offered the job, she is so excited that she signs the NDA without a second thought. But there is something going on beneath the surface in the Bird family. Where have the previous nannies gone? And what is the Bird family trying to hide? Thoughts: This book was incredibly creepy. There were so many little details that were slightly off, that made you feel like there was something sinister in the background. I could never quite put my finger on where this book was going- I only knew something wasn’t right. It wasn’t necessarily realistic, and I did see lots of potential holes in the plot. There were so many things that were almost too convenient and didn’t leave me feeling satisfied. Sarah was hard to root for as a main character, but I loved the odd and creepy Bird family. I did see a good majority of the twists coming, but there was one I had no idea would happen. It was more of a light popcorn thriller that can be read in a few hours, and it was definitely entertaining. If you love quick domestic thrillers, this one's for you. 3.5 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    In Nanny Needed, Sarah signs up for what sounds like a dream job nannying a beautiful little girl in a rich family’s penthouse for a huge sum of money … until, on her third day, she realizes this is the creepiest nanny job ever. Her boss is totally unhinged. And the kid is just…well….unexpected. And that’s just the beginning of the madness that is Nanny Needed. Going into this book I thought I was so smart for figuring out the big twist early on. Surprise! That twist was not the BIG twist. At all In Nanny Needed, Sarah signs up for what sounds like a dream job nannying a beautiful little girl in a rich family’s penthouse for a huge sum of money … until, on her third day, she realizes this is the creepiest nanny job ever. Her boss is totally unhinged. And the kid is just…well….unexpected. And that’s just the beginning of the madness that is Nanny Needed. Going into this book I thought I was so smart for figuring out the big twist early on. Surprise! That twist was not the BIG twist. At all! The creepiness begins early but things escalate and get wild and murderous before you know it, and the weirdness of the child (and mom) Sarah is nannying is suddenly not even the strangest or craziest part of this story! I loved the ongoing suspense, the page-turning writing, and the totally bonkers ending I never saw coming. Georgina Cross is a super fun psychological thriller author, and if she’s got more books as nutty and fun this one, I need to read them all immediately! Googling her backlist as I type. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for this extremely fun, twisty, roller-coaster worthy psychological thriller! 4 plus stars!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    TALK ABOUT BINGE READ! I flew through this so fast, wow! I've never read anything from Georgina Cross, but if she writes anything like Nanny Needed , I know I will continue reading her books. Sarah Larsen finds a job posting about a nanny position for an affluent family in the Upper West Side and immediately is intrigued. Sarah and her fiancé Jonathan are working at a restaurant in the East Village and struggling with bills. This new nanny position could help them with bills, as the duo are a TALK ABOUT BINGE READ! I flew through this so fast, wow! I've never read anything from Georgina Cross, but if she writes anything like Nanny Needed , I know I will continue reading her books. Sarah Larsen finds a job posting about a nanny position for an affluent family in the Upper West Side and immediately is intrigued. Sarah and her fiancé Jonathan are working at a restaurant in the East Village and struggling with bills. This new nanny position could help them with bills, as the duo are at their wit's end with debt, and Sarah goes for the interview. Now, I have to be careful to not spoil the story, but Sarah meets with the Bird family and is hired, but why is she being sworn to secrecy. What is the Bird family hiding? I can't say more, but when you read Nanny Needed , you will immediately know exactly what I mean when I say that your jaw will drop on the floor. I read this book extremely fast, because it's completely bingeable. This book dives into aspects of mental health and grief, but ultimately is a wild ride of power dynamics. While I didn't expect the ending to play out like it did, and ultimately is the reason why I dropped this binge read from a 5 star to a 4 star, Nanny Needed is a book you'll want to read if you want something fast and fun and have a couple of hours to kill.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I would give this one a solid 3.5 but I will round up for the official star rating (why aren’t half stars a thing??). I will say this was an easy book to fall into and it definitely did catch my interest. I didn’t think the ending was a super surprise, but it was twisty in a Lifetime movie kind of way. I did think they rushed the reveals and it wasn’t all totally believable how they went about it. Sarah is living in New York City with her live-in fiancé as they live pay check to pay check drowni I would give this one a solid 3.5 but I will round up for the official star rating (why aren’t half stars a thing??). I will say this was an easy book to fall into and it definitely did catch my interest. I didn’t think the ending was a super surprise, but it was twisty in a Lifetime movie kind of way. I did think they rushed the reveals and it wasn’t all totally believable how they went about it. Sarah is living in New York City with her live-in fiancé as they live pay check to pay check drowning in the debt the aunt who raised her left from her end of life medical care. Sarah watches a man post a notice in the lobby of their building posting for a nanny needed with utmost discretion required. It’s too hard to go into it any further without spoilers which I want to avoid, but it was definitely a wild ride. I will be reading more by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Cross

    Please join me in reading NANNY NEEDED! I loved writing this book combining the glamorous world of the Upper West Side, New York City, with secrets and torments that are buried deep within a family. Find out what disturbing details the nanny discovers about the girl in her care and how everything she thought about this family changes in an instant. Nanny Needed is a twisted fun read with a shocking reveal at the end. I can't wait for you to explore my book! Please join me in reading NANNY NEEDED! I loved writing this book combining the glamorous world of the Upper West Side, New York City, with secrets and torments that are buried deep within a family. Find out what disturbing details the nanny discovers about the girl in her care and how everything she thought about this family changes in an instant. Nanny Needed is a twisted fun read with a shocking reveal at the end. I can't wait for you to explore my book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    Deliciously creepy and absolutely riveting, Nanny Needed is a gripping thriller about what happens when one woman's dream job turns into her waking nightmare. Full of dark secrets and surprising twists, nothing is as it seems amidst these pages. Watch out...this one will take you for a massively entertaining ride! Deliciously creepy and absolutely riveting, Nanny Needed is a gripping thriller about what happens when one woman's dream job turns into her waking nightmare. Full of dark secrets and surprising twists, nothing is as it seems amidst these pages. Watch out...this one will take you for a massively entertaining ride!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    Once again, I'm blown away by the wild imaginings of a suspense author! The plot: Sarah Larsen responds to an ad for the position of nanny for the wealthy Bird family. This could be the chance to pay off her debt and start planning her wedding with her fiancé. The only wrinkle is the NDA the family expects her to sign, but what the heck--rich people have to protect their privacy, right? But what they are hiding is far weirder than Sarah could have ever imagined. Be prepared for one crazy twist a Once again, I'm blown away by the wild imaginings of a suspense author! The plot: Sarah Larsen responds to an ad for the position of nanny for the wealthy Bird family. This could be the chance to pay off her debt and start planning her wedding with her fiancé. The only wrinkle is the NDA the family expects her to sign, but what the heck--rich people have to protect their privacy, right? But what they are hiding is far weirder than Sarah could have ever imagined. Be prepared for one crazy twist after another. I really liked Sarah and was delighted at the strength she musters to deal with the truth. You go, girl! I received an arc of this new novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaira Rouda

    This creepy and suspenseful tale takes hold of you from the first page and doesn’t let go. When innocent Sarah is hired by the wealthy Bird family, she imagines the nanny position will be a piece of cake, a pastel pink one at that. The reality of the job is much more sinister. I loved every twisty, haunting moment. This is a fast, fun read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    4.5/5 Ummmm WHAT?! Wow, you guys, Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross totally blew away any expectations I had, and I absolutely loved it! This ends up being such a wild story, and I think I spent the last 40 minutes of the audiobook with my mouth hanging open. I was invested right from the beginning and although it does start out a tad on the slow side, it picked up fairly quickly. I really liked the pacing, and it helped that I was hooked right away so I had to know what was going to happen. The Bir 4.5/5 Ummmm WHAT?! Wow, you guys, Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross totally blew away any expectations I had, and I absolutely loved it! This ends up being such a wild story, and I think I spent the last 40 minutes of the audiobook with my mouth hanging open. I was invested right from the beginning and although it does start out a tad on the slow side, it picked up fairly quickly. I really liked the pacing, and it helped that I was hooked right away so I had to know what was going to happen. The Bird family was really intense, and I loved how Cross slowly unraveled just how complicated and devious they were. The twists at the end just keep coming, and there is a bit of a double whammy that provided a very shocking and twisty read. I do have to say that I think reading it would be the way to go as I wasn't super impressed with the audiobook. The narrator Emma Ashton was not my favorite, and I found her narration to be super choppy and disjointed. This didn't stop me from loving the actual book as sometimes happens, and for that I am glad. Nanny Needed is the perfect type of book to get someone out of a reading slump, and it was very quick and engrossing which I loved. I saw this all over Instagram and for some reason had thought I had a NetGalley copy but apparently, I don't, so this is officially a Bookstagram made me do it! I am definitely not mad about it and I highly recommend checking it out if the synopsis intrigues you. It is told all from Sarah's viewpoint which was the way to go, and I loved the amount of suspense as well. This is my first time reading Cross, but I am an instant fan, and I can't wait to read her other books!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hannah McKinnon

    NANNY NEEDED is one of those stories that slowly slithers up your spine, wraps itself around your neck and squeezes. Oh, it’s quite gentle at first, but suddenly gets tighter and tighter until you’re left gasping for air. Twisty, eerie, and completely bingeworthy, Georgina Cross makes you feel claustrophobic yet unable to stop reading. Things escalate. Bad stuff is coming. But you can’t look away until you reach a truly surprising ending. I worked as an au pair many years ago. Thankfully the NANNY NEEDED is one of those stories that slowly slithers up your spine, wraps itself around your neck and squeezes. Oh, it’s quite gentle at first, but suddenly gets tighter and tighter until you’re left gasping for air. Twisty, eerie, and completely bingeworthy, Georgina Cross makes you feel claustrophobic yet unable to stop reading. Things escalate. Bad stuff is coming. But you can’t look away until you reach a truly surprising ending. I worked as an au pair many years ago. Thankfully the family was nothing like the Birds!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Shields

    Started this one last night and intended to read through the night, but my body had other plans 😒 Sarah is drowning in debt, and she and her boyfriend aren't making enough was waiting tables to get ahead. The debt collectors are relentless, and the stress is getting to her. Then she discovers a flyer posted in her apartment building for a nanny needed with the only stipulation that discretion is required. With no experience as a nanny, Sarah gets the job after being interviewed by Collette Bird, Started this one last night and intended to read through the night, but my body had other plans 😒 Sarah is drowning in debt, and she and her boyfriend aren't making enough was waiting tables to get ahead. The debt collectors are relentless, and the stress is getting to her. Then she discovers a flyer posted in her apartment building for a nanny needed with the only stipulation that discretion is required. With no experience as a nanny, Sarah gets the job after being interviewed by Collette Bird, with a salary and benefits she never dreamed of. She's a little disappointed that she didn't get to meet her young charge, but she figures she has plenty of time to bond with the girl. As a condition of her employment, she signs the Non-Disclosure Agreement without a second thought, not realizing what she's getting herself into. Soon she learns that the entire Bird family, not just Collette, is hiding not one dark secret, but many. This is my third book from this author, and each one has been consistently excellent. One main criticism I always see with thrillers is "unrealistic" and I have to counter that with many books, not just thrillers, force you to suspend reality. NANNY NEEDED could easily be a "ripped from the headlines" episode of Law and Order: SVU, and I also got hints of early V.C. Andrews with the secrets and lies of the rich and the powerful. You never know what's on the inside of your neighbor's house. We all live behind a facade to hide some sort if secret shame, and NANNY NEEDED explores this theme beautifully. Thank you to the author and the publisher for my gifted e-ARC.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    “Patty didn’t like it at first when I asked to cut her hair,” Collette explains. “But when I told her it was for the new doll she was so excited. A toy to match her in every single way.” Rebecca meets Gossip Girl in this thriller that makes you keep huge secrets locked away and where playing pretend can drive you insane. It can even lead to death..... This was pure insanity and very well written. One where I couldn't put it down because I was desperate to know what was going to happen next and to “Patty didn’t like it at first when I asked to cut her hair,” Collette explains. “But when I told her it was for the new doll she was so excited. A toy to match her in every single way.” Rebecca meets Gossip Girl in this thriller that makes you keep huge secrets locked away and where playing pretend can drive you insane. It can even lead to death..... This was pure insanity and very well written. One where I couldn't put it down because I was desperate to know what was going to happen next and to see what in the hell was going on. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was thrilling, riveting, and downright scary as hell. Do you ever get that feeling as if you are being watched? The hair on the back of your neck stands up? Maybe goosebumps appear on your arms for no reason? That is this book in a nutshell. It makes you paranoid. Even though I liked this book and it gave me severe trust issues, the shocking twists weren't very shocking because I guessed the major ones. They were laid out there clear as day and I picked up on them automatically. I don't know if that's because I read a lot of thrillers and watch a lot of twisted horror films but I knew from the second she went to that job interview what was going to happen. And that really bums me out. I want to be shocked in the best possible way. Nanny Needed was a twisted tale that you'll never forget. You'll never imagine how far people will go to get what they want. Even though I knew what the outcome was going to be, this is still a decent read. A read that I'll recommend to all thrill readers. If you love the darker creepier side of things, then this is your book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lacie

    Sarah Larsen wants to make a life with her finance, Jonathan. However, she has mounds of medical debt leftover from caring for her Aunt Clara, who died several years back. Her current waitress job isn't cutting it. So when a curious nanny position pops up demanding discretion, Sarah jumps at the opportunity to work for a wealthy family on the Upper West Side. How hard can a nanny job really be with no experience? For Sarah, it just may be life or death. Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross is one of th Sarah Larsen wants to make a life with her finance, Jonathan. However, she has mounds of medical debt leftover from caring for her Aunt Clara, who died several years back. Her current waitress job isn't cutting it. So when a curious nanny position pops up demanding discretion, Sarah jumps at the opportunity to work for a wealthy family on the Upper West Side. How hard can a nanny job really be with no experience? For Sarah, it just may be life or death. Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross is one of those perfect domestic thrillers, a wink at the readers, letting us in on the horrifying secret early so we can squirm in our seats, eagerly anticipating every move the characters must shuffle through in this unnerving story. This book delivers at every corner, where the characters can't disrupt the precarious situation they face or they just may awaken an even worse monster. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Bantam for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Thank you Netgalley, Ballantine Books, and Author Georgina Cross for this ARC. I was intrigued by the front cover, the title, and then the back jacket blurb. I knew I had to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed. We meet Sarah, a young woman trying to start a new life and family with her fiance Jonathan in the heart of New York City. And, no doubt, it's a tough gig. Money is tight and wedding plans have been pushed to the side. But, of course, like an angel dropped down from heaven, S Thank you Netgalley, Ballantine Books, and Author Georgina Cross for this ARC. I was intrigued by the front cover, the title, and then the back jacket blurb. I knew I had to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed. We meet Sarah, a young woman trying to start a new life and family with her fiance Jonathan in the heart of New York City. And, no doubt, it's a tough gig. Money is tight and wedding plans have been pushed to the side. But, of course, like an angel dropped down from heaven, Sarah finds a flyer in the foyer of their apartment: Nanny Needed! And so, her troubles begin. Without giving away any of the juicy bits, I'll tell you, this book was non-stop suspense. It only picks up speed and hikes up the tension. I struggled to put this one down. And by the end, I was gasping for air. Cross is a new favorite thriller author, that's for sure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I absolutely adored this twisted thriller! When Sarah sees a flyer for a nanny needed, she immediately responds as she and Jonathan are drowning in debt. And when she realizes the salary is way beyond whatever she could make as a waitress, she jumps at the chance as Collette, the mother is gracious and lovely, and the family is rich beyond belief. She's also amazed by four-year-old Patty's playroom which is magnificent beyond belief. But there's a chilling secret beneath the surface of this idyl I absolutely adored this twisted thriller! When Sarah sees a flyer for a nanny needed, she immediately responds as she and Jonathan are drowning in debt. And when she realizes the salary is way beyond whatever she could make as a waitress, she jumps at the chance as Collette, the mother is gracious and lovely, and the family is rich beyond belief. She's also amazed by four-year-old Patty's playroom which is magnificent beyond belief. But there's a chilling secret beneath the surface of this idyllic setting and Sarah is shocked when she discovers it. But she's locked in according to the contract she signed. So many dark and twisty turns that will have you gasping at the end! I did not see that coming! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. no. if like me, you were waiting on a review to spoil what all the secrets were, scroll to the very bottom of this review. if you want to actually see how I felt about the book, read on. as someone who understands the appeal of Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and also as someone who knows how to "suspend disbelief" when reading a book, this was Not it. predictable, thin, not enjoyable, too long! whooooo are all these people leaving positive reviews saying they were spellbound???? I don't get it. none no. if like me, you were waiting on a review to spoil what all the secrets were, scroll to the very bottom of this review. if you want to actually see how I felt about the book, read on. as someone who understands the appeal of Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and also as someone who knows how to "suspend disbelief" when reading a book, this was Not it. predictable, thin, not enjoyable, too long! whooooo are all these people leaving positive reviews saying they were spellbound???? I don't get it. none of this content was remotely thrilling or scary or surprising to me, beyond the stupidity of the characters (but again that's sort of part of the genre). a lot of the attempted charm and mystique this book is going for is actually just in the descriptions of NYC stuff and wealthy people stuff. can you believe the city has Expensive Stores?! this designer dress I saw online is ON A RACK in front of me to look at! it's so amazing how this woman is Pretty and smells like CHANEL! wish I'd kept a tally of how many times "creamy red lipstick" was mentioned, but I resorted to skimming about halfway through. the pacing was so glacial and the "terror" was so repetitive that it didn't even matter. there is also an antiquated view on mental health and therapy, with constant use of the word "crazy" and general disdain, horror, and lack of basic sympathy for those who are unwell. like... yes, even wealthy people can be ill. can you believe this RICH woman is GRIEVING?!?!?!!? blech. **************************** anyway, spoilers below, in order. spoilers are split into two sections, with the latter group being Really Big Spoilers. scroll at your own risk. **************************** - There is no little girl to nanny. Sarah is basically there to act as nanny for Collette. -Collette's 3yo daughter Patty died (mysteriously), but Collette still believes Patty is alive and can "see" and speak to her. -Patty died 20 years ago. The Bird family lets Collette continue to hallucinate her daughter because her grief would be extreme and it's "easier than telling her the truth." For 20 years. -Patty has been "turning 4" for 20 years. -There were three previous nannies. the first family nanny disappeared. the second nanny stayed on with the Birds for 15 years but then died. the third nanny left after one year. Sarah is the fourth nanny. -Sarah does eventually tell Jonathan what's going on. He starts poking around the Bird family's businesses and they get mad, plant drugs on him, and later get him fired from his new job. -Jonathan eventually dies (is killed). -Turns out the second nanny was probably murdered. -Turns out Patty was likely being poisoned, and that's why she was so sick. ************************ Really Big Spoilers ************************ -TURNS OUT SARAH *IS* PATTY. -Turns out Sarah's Aunt Clara wasn't actually her aunt... she was the first nanny. -"Aunt Clara" and Family Doctor realized Patty was being poisoned, so made a plot to get her away from Collette, who they suspected was responsible. -most of the Bird family had no idea Patty never died. They had "always been suspicious" of having to do a closed casket sudden funeral, but never questioned it. -Stepbro and Family Chef realized Clara was the first nanny when they saw her obituary. -Stepbro discovered Sarah was likely Patty, had her followed, and then specifically put up a nanny flyer in her building to see if she'd apply. He took a DNA sample from the tea he served her at the interview. -TURNS OUT! Pauline the HOUSEKEEPER was the one poisoning Patty, because the child "disrupted" her relationship with Collette, who Pauline has been obsessed with for years. -Pauline did not realize Sarah was Patty until the reader finds out. -The Birds had no idea Patty was being poisoned at all -Stepbro was aware Sarah was Patty for about 2/3 of the time he was threatening her and Jonathan. -Sarah leaves the Birds and decides to tell the police everything, because fuck these people!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    Sarah decides she needs to make some extra money and applies for a nanny position. What can go wrong? EVERYTHING!! This book kept me on the edge from very first page wondering what was going to happen next. Holy cow!!! It was just one thing after another! A HUGE twist at the end too!! Nicely done Ms. Georgina Cross! Will definitely be reading more of her books. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    oooh this one sounds like it has a good edge to it!! I can't wait to read it!! A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book. oooh this one sounds like it has a good edge to it!! I can't wait to read it!! A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

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