The Nanny by Dan Greenburg


The Nanny, Dan Greenburg, 1987

My favorite quote: “Something was happening to Phil, his wife and his baby, something hideous, and Phil was still trying to understand what it was and what to do about it and how people as normal and nice as they were could have had such a thing happen to them.”

Notable characters: Julie Pressman, the mother; Phil Pressman, the daddy; Harry, the baby; Luci Redman, the mysterious, super-sexy nanny 

Most memorable scene: When Phil suspects he sees Luci, the nanny, breastfeeding the baby. There’s just something about someone breastfeeding another person’s baby that really creeps me out 

Greatest strengths: Its mystery. The Nanny keeps the reader asking questions throughout … and long afterward. Dan Greenburg did a fine job creating a new kind of terror here. I’m still sure I know what was going in this book, but I liked it

Standout achievements: I often finish books and couldn’t tell you anything about them six months later — but The Nanny really stuck with me. Dan Greenburg’s imagery is extremely vivid — probably due to his concise writing style — and even though it’s been a long time, I remember more about this book than most (I usually forget most of the story as soon as I start the next book)

Fun Facts: Uma Thurman was initially slated for the part of Camilla (Luci Redman, the nanny) in the film. I can kinda see it … 

Other media: The 1990 film, The Guardian, is based on this book … though the two are very different entities, though. Seriously … not even the same story — but both are pretty cool in their own right IMO

What it taught me: Honestly, as much as I enjoyed this book, I think too many things went unresolved. While I generally enjoy ‘indeterminate endings,’ The Nanny is one of those books that reminds me that there is such a thing as too many loose ends. Dan Greenburg could have rounded out the story a lot more by addressing some pretty simple issues

How it inspired me: The attraction and sexuality in The Nanny is very well-drawn. More than once, I’ve referred to this book when I’m looking to ramp up the hormones and sexual tension in my own work (sometimes my books get a bit too hormonal, though — but that’s another story)

Additional thoughts: I’m a fan of unique villains and in many ways, that’s what saves this book for me. Luci Redman — or Nanny, as she insists on being called — is nothing if not a fresh-faced, new breed of monster 

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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