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The Au Pair

By: Emma Rous
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby.

Now 25, 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? 

©2018 Emma Rous (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Entrancing, compelling, atmospheric, reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier. A beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending." (Liv Constantine, best-selling author of The Last Mrs Parrish)

"This will keep you turning those pages. The characters are still playing on my mind." (Jane Corry, best-selling author of My Husband's Wife)

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Great read!

Slowish at the start, but after halfway into it I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended.

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  • TAG
  • 04-02-2019

Well that was unexpected

I didn’t really know what to expect from the blurb. Frankly, the plot was a bit crackers but I’d say it’s worth a listen if you are up for some on-the-beach-style nonsense. Narration was really good - Keeley was able to narrate both POV distinctly and age the same characters in different timelines very well. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers!

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  • Sarah W.
  • 02-01-2019

A good listen

I did enjoy this book, though the story was relatively predictable, it still had enough of a mystery to keep me listening. It was also almost creepy at points; with its unknown visitors and unanswered questions. I would recommend to anyone who likes a family drama or a Agatha Christie novel.

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  • Ms S. C. Ward
  • 26-12-2018

Loved it

Wow! This was a brilliant story. Twists and turns throughout. Sadly the narration wasn't brilliant and my Alexa kept reacting to Alex!!.
Can't wait for Emma's next book 😊