Twenty months old Charlie is taken from his family home. Distraught parents and the house help work closely with the police to find and bring little darling back home. Every person in the house is under suspicion, and Charlie’s nurse Betty carries the heaviest burden.
Prior to reading the novel, I didn’t know this was based on real-life events. Although this novel is pure work of fiction, the author did amazing research and focused her story on the boy’s nanny. From the very beginning, I was fond of young Betty, a Scottish immigrant who came to America to follow her heart but instead landed employment with the most famous family in the country. The Lindbergh Nanny is a gripping read, and sadly without a happy ending.
I was surprised to learn Agatha Christie’s “The Murder on the Orient Express”, one of my favorite mystery novels, is based on the story of the missing Lindbergh boy. I am glad Mariah Fredericks has brought this devastating story back to our time and told it in a beautiful yet melancholic way.
Thank you, NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review.
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