Having picked up this book expecting a Nicci FrenchSophie Hannah style thriller and such expectations I would argue were not unreasonable given the fact that the book s publishers essentially have masueraded it as precisely that I was very disappointed with the actual content of Everything and Nothing The blurb promises a suspenseful sinister tale of a perfect nanny infiltrating a chaotic working couple s home yet what is delivered is a tedious exploration of a cliched couple s marital issues and a cliched crazy nanny s psychological issuesThe first few chapters are promising and Hall s initial characterisation of the book s protagonists did leave me intrigued Yet the narrative descends into a horrific series of cliches and depressing musings which have very little substance or point The characters stagnate the plot stagnates and Hall seems to use the bulk of the story as a medium to rant about the downsides of parenthood marriage and life in general Since herher characters meditations are in no way constructive or original most of the book is empty and dispiriting with no redeeming factors The narrative is also irritatingly moralistic in parts occasionally switching to the irksome second person and doling out generic life advice in a sage and cryptic tone Moments of oy mixed with terror and shame could not be lived through too many times they would kill you in the endEverything and Nothing is lacking in two essentials plot and writing style Whilst one of these reuisites may in certain cases subsidise the other Hall unfortunately neglects both Perhaps I missed something but I am genuinely surprised that this book was published The story is nothing than a regurgitation of worn out ideas with little direction and no originality I enjoyed reading this book and the feeling of spiralling chaos from Ruth and Christian s problems contrasted with Agatha s tight control In the end of course she is the one truly out of control and the family have a chance of balance A good read Didn t seem as dramatic as the description of book gave it ust average family insecurities Did not hate it but it passed the time The book begins promisingly A young girl walks down a middle class street in London on her way to an interview for the ob of nanny Greeted by the chaotic scene around her mum and dad on the verge of spliting up two unruly children Agatha already knows she wants this ob and we already know she is hiding somethingThe plot raced along at a satisfyingly uick pace and the characters of both Ruth and Christian the parents were nicely Released in 2011 this debut novel takes the Mary Poppins myth and turns it into a sinister story of inviting the enemy in the shape of a nightmare nanny into the midst of a family home and a crumbling marriage Despite an excellent start and and
an impressive understandingimpressive understanding the complexities of combining parenthood with full time work and demanding careers the final third of the novel proved a disappointment Narrated entirely in the third person and presenting the perspectives of all three
main characters the novel opens with married couple Ruth and Christian Donaldson both approaching the agecharacters the novel opens with married couple Ruth and Christian Donaldson both approaching the age forty in a state of chaos after their latest nanny has uit Both have busy full time obs with Christian in TV and Ruth a deputy editor of a female magazine and the toll of parenting one overindulged child who cries all night and a three year old who neither eats or speaks and survives on milk from a baby s bottle has taken their marriage to breaking point The arrival of super nanny and efficient Aggie seems to signal an end to their crisis on the domestic front with the house spick and span Betty soon sleeping through and Hal making progress But Aggie as the reader uickly grasps is not all she appears and has a rather disturbing history and even darker intentions Ruth feels guilty for pursuing her career but having tried devoting herself to motherhood knows it is not for her not that this recognition assuages her conscience over whether she is failing her children The result is incessant bickering with resentment on both sides and a breakdown in communication A gripping psychological suspense read Cupboards were sticky from spilled am and honey and the oven smoked when you turned it on because of the fat that had built up over the years Agatha would never ever let her future home end up like this She would never leave it every day like Ruth did She.
Read ¼ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Araminta HallAwn and the psychology spot onI feared that she was on the verge of a breakdown as she struggled to keep on top of far too many things and I wanted to scream at her to accept that she wasn t superwoman and that she needed to rethink her prioritiesAnd he I could have cheerfully strangled as he so often failed to understand and take responsibility as an adult But he could learn Couldn t heSo many conversations and incidents rang completely trueAnd along the way I found some profound truths about parent child relationships and about how being a parent however much you may love your children doesn t make you infallible doesn t mean you know how to copeThere really were moments when
The Dialogue Just Stopped Me In My TracksThe Character Ofdialogue ust stopped me in my tracksThe character of was I m afraid a little troublesome It s a difficult on to explain without giving away crucial plot points so I ll Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students just say that I so very nearly believed in her but not uiteHer character was compromised by the conclusion I believed in how she got there but what she did in the endust didn t ring trueYou see Everything and Nothing is being marketed as a thriller and it works as a thriller For me
though it worked even better as a contemporary human drama and I felt that havingit worked even better as a contemporary human drama and I felt that having conclusion play out as a thriller compromised that interesting side of the storyIt was a good conclusion and I was gripped until the very end but ultimately it made the book a great rather than a wow Everything and Nothing is a thought provoking and very very readable debut novel And on the evidence of this book I fully expect Araminta Hall to write a wow book before too long I ll certainly be watching out for it The theme of this book maybe not be an original one but for me this was a cut above others that I ve read in a similar vein The story is told from the views of the three main characters Ruth Christian Aggie yet unlike many other books it s not told in the first person I found the style tone of the writing credible I don t think there is a mother out there that won t identify with at least one of Ruth s concerns or feelings utterly compellingLooking at other reviews it seems to be one of those books that is either loved or hated well I m firmly in the love Category O Absolutely Amazing New Book By Araminta HallGrips You o Absolutely amazing new book by Araminta HallGrips you from the start so much so that I didn t put this book down until I had finished needless to say it only took me two days Written from the view points of the three main characters Ruth and Christian married but falling apart and their seemingly perfect nanny Agatha This story twists and turns right up to til the end with intensity growing throughout I felt as if I was there going through everything with them sympathasing through Christian s affair and feeling Ruth s heartbreak even if you aren t married you find something emotions within Araminta s writing that you can relate with Had such a strong powerful hold over me whilst reading that many a time I wanted to throw the book on the floor out of anger or annoyance I always find that when I read a book or watch a sitcom there is always that one character that bugs you so much you ust want to throw something at them because you know they are there to ruin everything And that is exactly what Agatha is there forHighly recommend this book out on 24th January I really hope an editor was not compensated for their effort on this book Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall was among my favorite books for 2018 It was dark and disturbing with an unreliable cuckoo narrator After reading the synopsis for this earlier book by the same author I went into it hoping to find of this author s immersive psychological storytelling and found that this effort was anything but That s a bad thing in this case This story is not told in chapters It s one marathon chapter featuring 3 narrators excruciatingly large paragraphs full of the characters inner dialogue all of which made for an exhaustive read with a lot of skimmingI will continue anticipating the next book from Hall because anybody that wrote Our Kind of Cruelty has got to have it in them again I received a copy of this book from using my bf s mone. Not as perfect as she seems and her love for the children masks a deeper secret Everything and Nothing is a stunningly assured debut superbly evoking an atmosphere of inexorable and sinister menace that builds to a mesmerizing climax in a story that is at its heart about thwarted and damaged lov. ,
Nsuring that when Christian comes face to face with his twenty four year old former mistress and meets her for a drink divorce looms large The novel covers an eight month period and by the time Ruth and Christian start to realise the danger they have let into their own home Aggie s plan is well underway A rushed and unconvincing denouement disappoints and although the novel s territory is not original it is well written and very perceptive on the myth of having it all Ultimately I think Araminta Hall tried to do too much and and needed a clearer focus with the novel ending up spreading itself too thinly and not doing ustice to either a marriage in crisis or exploring the character of Aggie in enough depth to suffice Some books American Literature Student Text jump at you from bookshelves This was one of those I don t know what made me pick it up but I didActually it was probably these lines on the blurb Cupboards were sticky from spilledam and honey and the oven smoked when you turned it on because of the fat that had built up over the years Agatha would never ever let her future home end up like this She would never leave it every day like Ruth did She would never put her trust in strangers Ruth and Christian Donaldson are a busy London couple with a life that could be the envy of others However their marriage is falling apart their two children five year old daughter Betty wouldn t sleep and three year old son Hal Everything seems to be a mess Ruth is at her wits end trying to balance work and life Her guilt over choosing to work surfaces now and again Until Agatha Aggie their new nanny steps in Aggie seems
To Be Angel Inbe an angel in She seems to have changed their lives ever since she arrived The kids adore her she seemedto have taken control over everything in minutes She seems the answer to all their problems but why is it that Ruth is feeling so uncomfortable Something isn t uite right about Agatha We as readers start to understand what is wrong while Ruth struggles to figure out in the middle of everything else that is happening in her life The blurb calls it a psychological thriller and it certainly fits the bill It is scary and yet completely believable People with ordinary lives dysfunctional at some levels struggling to make things work out Agatha is probably any mum s worst nightmare The person you trust with your children can easily be the most dangerous of people And dangerous in a way that is difficult to come to terms with It was an interesting read An absolute page turner Ruth and Christian are believable characters flawed but believable Agatha was a character who was confusing and as the story progresses her motivations and her state of mind becomes clearer The characters are well defined and story is fast paced and gripping It grabs you from the start and doesn t let go till the very end I would rate it a 45 The tube spat Agatha into one of those areas where people used to lie about their postcodes Although why anyone ever would have been ashamed to live here was beyond Agatha s understanding The opening of Araminta Hall s debut novel sets things up very nicelyRuth and Christian are struggling to balance their busy busy lives Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance juggling demanding careers patching up a marriage battered by his affair a five year old daughter who won t sleep and a three year old son who won t eatBut then there is Agatha a veritable Mary Poppins She arrives as a potential new nanny to be interviewed finds a house and a family in chaos but she takes it all in her stride uickly calms the situation and then settles down to play happily with the childrenHer references are impeccable and she is available immediatelyDoes that sound a little bit too perfect Of course it doesAraminta Hall makes it clear from the very start that Agatha s motives are uestionable to say the leastLife moves along with one problem seemingly solved but others still loomingThe plot is nicely managed with some twists predictable and others not and with the author cleverly building up the tension without ever drifting into melodramaIt works because the characters of Ruth and Christian and indeed their troubled relationship are so well dr. Would never put her trust in strangers Ruth and Christian areust holding their marriage together after Christian's disastrous affair a year ago But chaos beckons and when the family are suddenly left without any childcare Agatha comes into their lives to solve all their problems But Agatha is.