The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett caught my eye, thanks to its stunning cover. I’m also one of those people who is simultaneously irritated and intrigued by blurbs that say a book is for “fans of Eleanor Oliphant.” This one did not disappoint. Eudora Honeysett is an 85-year-old woman who is tired of modern society and planning to die by euthanasia in Switzerland. She is recovering from a recent fall, when a new family moves in next door to her. Their little girl Rose is outgoing and determined to befriend Eudora. She invites her on outings and also ropes in their other elderly neighbor, Stanley on these adventures. The book unfolds in alternating timelines, one in the present, and one following Eudora’s childhood.
The Nanny follows Jocelyn Holt along two timelines — as a heartbroken child after her nanny mysteriously leaves and then as young-adult widow with a daughter who’s returned home after her husband’s death. Upon her return, as the story is told from multiple POV’s, including her mother’s, it’s clear that a secret is deeply buried.