Release Date - November 30, 2021
After Sue Keller's father passes away, she struggles with grief. Her mother died when she was young, and her father was all she had left. She never had siblings or cousins to rely on. That's when she reunites with her nanny, Annie, a woman she barely remembers.
Annie is overjoyed to reunite with Suzy. Suzy was Annie's world, and she's missed her like crazy. Sue is happy to have someone from her past to talk to, but it's not long before Sue finds something that makes her wonder more about what Annie tells her. Is Annie really a kindly nanny, or is there a much darker side to this woman she barely knows?
The story is told from two viewpoints. Annie's side takes place in the late '90s, while Sue's recollections of the past mix with the current day. I found the switches were seamless and helped paint an intriguing look into both women's lives and emotional states.
I want to say that Nanny Dearest blew me away, but it didn't. It's a slow build to start, and there were times I really hated Annie, while other times, I simply felt sorry for her. Meanwhile, I often found myself perturbed by Sue's choices and naivety. The end is where I end up not loving the story. Without giving anything away, I wanted more. Read it, and you'll see what I mean.