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Book review: The Au Pair — by Emma Rous

(Berkley Books)
Seraphine’s life has long been defined her family, born, as she was to influential parents and grandparents, as one of the infamous Summerbourne twins. Their lives and legacy are shrouded in mystery, shaped by the house itself, rife with rumors. Her older brother barely recalls the day Seraphine and Danny were born, the same day their mother tragically took her own life. Now, in the aftermath of her father’s suspicious and untimely death, Seraphine discovers a previously unseen photograph of her mother holding just one new infant. Which baby is it? Is it possible Seraphine isn’t her mother’s daughter after all? Why is her coloring different than that of her twin and older brother? Where does she fit in? And did the au pair take the picture, if so, what else does she know? When her grandmother decides who will inherit the family home, Seraphine has further reason for inquiry. These dark family secrets help ratchet up the tension and excitement in this literary and propulsive readable book. This is Emma Rous’ first book, she lives in Cambridgeshire, England. The book will be available Jan. 8 and is, perhaps more fittingly, entitled “Summerbourne” in the UK.
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