This thriller starts with all its cards on the table: the crime (a nanny killing a baby) happens in the
first line. So the story focuses on the parents; specifically the mother and her relationship with the nanny. Slimani’s superb, lyrical writing dissects issues of class, prejudice and the guilt society puts on working mothers. It was a huge hit in France, where Slimani won the top literary prize, Prix Goncourt, and was even offered the role of Minister of Culture by President Macron (she declined). Now, its English translation is making waves on both
sides of the Atlantic.