The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.
Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer and her husband Paul, a successful music producer, have everything; good careers, a happy home life, two beautiful children. When Myriam decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children.
They never dreamed they would find Louise: 40-years old, experienced and apparently devoted to her work. She’s quiet, polite, she sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. Before long the couple are boasting that they’ve found the perfect nanny.
But as the couple and Louise become more dependent on each other, cracks begin to emerge in their perfectly crafted ideal. And as jealousy, resentment and suspicion increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…
Tapping into every parents worst nightmare – the death of their children – Lullaby is both a tightly plotted, intricately woven thriller and a piercing investigation into society’s attitudes to motherhood, family and individual identity.
Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and Adèle, for which she won the La Mamounia Prize. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, she spearheaded a campaign–for which she won the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for women’s freedom–to help Moroccan women speak out, as self-declared outlaws, against their country’s “unfair and obsolete laws.” She is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture and was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France’s annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.