Lullaby (Slimani novel)
Lullaby (known as The Perfect Nanny in the United States; original French title Chanson douce) is a 2016 novel by French author Leïla Slimani.
Lullaby is Slimani's second novel, and the first to be translated into English. By January 2018 it had been translated into 18 languages, with intentions for a further 17.< Originally titled Chanson douce, it was translated as Lullaby for the UK and The Perfect Nanny' in the USA.
It sold 600,000 copies in France in its first year of publication.
The book deals with the murder of two children by their nanny. It was inspired by the real-life 2012 murder of children by their nanny in New York.
Lullaby was described by Aida Edemariam (writing in The Guardian) as "stylishly written [...] brilliantly executed". It was compared to Gone Girl by both Celia Walden of The Telegraph, and Lucy Scholes of The Independent, with the latter describing it as "a psychological thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats".
- Lauren Collins (1 January 2018). "LThe Killer-Nanny Novel That Conquered France". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Aida Edemariam (10 January 2018). "Lullaby by Leïla Slimani review – brilliantly unsettling". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Eva Wiseman (28 January 2018). "Lullaby, the book of the moment, is a wake-up call for us all". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Celia Walden (6 December 2016). "Is Chanson Douce the next Gone Girl? This author's book on a killer nanny is next year's must-read". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Lucy Scholes (10 January 2018). "Lullaby by Leïla Slimani, book review: A chilling, horror-filled read, for sure". The Independent. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Romain Jeanticou (3 November 2016). "Goncourt 2016 : Leïla Slimani primée pour "Chanson douce"" (in French). Telerama. Retrieved 4 April 2018.