Thursday, 11 July 2019

Book review: The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy

The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy

Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.

He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs McHugh.

Mrs McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.

When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins. 

But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.

My thoughts...

What a was captivating and hypnotic in quality and I read it all in one sitting as the book lures you in with its relentless intrigue that had me turning the pages at lightening speed. The historical backdrop added a Dickensian charm to this dark tale and the narrative played out weaved a web of thrilling delight that ensured I was glued to each and every word.

The multiple personalities threading their way through the plot gave a multifaceted insight into the deadly world surrounding number 43. The hints and clues, as to the why's and where's, were drip fed at a painfully slow pace to keep me hooked to every inch of the story as it played out before my eyes.

The characters were crafted with extreme care to create depth and insight into their lives and I was fully invested in their world as a whole and longing for some semblance of happiness to come from the conclusion of this story. I particularly loved how Margaret's backstory was uncovered layer by layer to slowly build a picture of a dark and neglected life, which worked to reveal reason and motive for events played out.

The Nanny at Number 43 is a dark and devious tale that will lure you in and not let go. I was hypnotised by each and every page and couldn't recommend this story more.

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for letting me take part in such a fabulous blog tour.

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About the author...

Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. She started her writing career early, entering short story competitions as a child and became an avid reader. Encouraged by her English teachers, she chose to study journalism at Dublin City University and while working in political PR and marketing, studied a series of advanced creative writing courses at the Irish Writers' Centre. Later she set up a lifestyle and literary blog, which was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2015 and 2016 and finalist in 2017 and 2018. She signed with Trace Literary Agency in 2016. December Girl is Nicola's debut historical fiction novel and is set in the mystical and ancient Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, famed for its stone age passage tombs. Elements of the story are inspired by true events. Her second novel The Nanny at Number 43 is published by Poolbeg Press. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. Follow her at, on Twitter @ladynicci or

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