The Au Pair

The Au Pair

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

Title:The Au Pair
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780440000457
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About Emma Rous

Emma Rous grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband and three sons.


    The Au Pair Reviews

  • Melissa

    *3.5 stars*The Au Pair is more than a decent read, the difference between good and great coming down to the reader’s acceptance of the serpentine ending—a la V.C. Andrews—and the author’s rel...

  • Holly  B

    Mystique, atmosphere, and surprising twists! This novel was so captivating that I did not want to put it down! There is a compelling aura of mystery that hovers around the birth of the twins- Seraphi...

  • Meredith

    3.5 starsTwisted, compulsively readable psychological thriller that centers on deeply hidden family secrets. 25-year-old Seraphine buried her father 3 weeks ago and is struggling. While she has her t...

  • Berit???

    An exquisitely spun web of spellbinding secrets and dark deceit! This suspenseful story Will keep you riveted from first line to last... a magical tale that will awaken your imagination and stretch yo...

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    Oh, what a tangled web! 🕸 3.25 convoluted, family secrets filled stars ⭐ for The Au Pair Within hours of her birth Seraphine Mayes' mother Ruth had thrown herself from the cliffs near their famil...

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    FIVE STARSThe Au Pair is a delicious, old-fashioned mystery complete with a gothic setting and a clever plot puzzle that just begs to be solved.While not exactly a psychological suspense type story, I...

  • Michelle

    Seraphine Mayes recently lost her father in a tragic accident. When cleaning out his belongings from their home, Summerbourne, she finds a long lost picture she had never seen before. In it is her mot...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Doesn't it just figure that after making the decision to read many less psychological thrillers next year, I would finish this year with a couple I actually liked. This one begins with a death and...

  • Katie B

    4.5 starsSuch a page turner, I ended up finishing it in a day. It's just one of those good old popcorn eating reads in which you can't wait to see how everything unfolds. Seraphine and her twin brothe...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to the publisher Berkley who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.Summerbourne is an English country estate set against the beach and cliffs, a beloved refuge of the Summerbourne fa...