Twelve years after the fateful night when she was fired as nanny to a high-powered Manhattan family, Nan returns to New York with her husband HH.
Settling back into life in the Big Apple, and building a new home as well as a new business, Nan is startled by HH’s sudden desire to have a family – and her own feelings about it.
Then Nan receives a late-night drunken visit from Grayer – her former charge who’s now 16 years old. He wants some answers about why she upped and left him all those years ago.
Racked with guilt and struggling to find a way to help Grayer and his little brother through their parents’ vicious divorce, Nan soon finds herself getting sucked into the toxic Upper East Side world of wealth, power and dysfunction all over again. And also discovers what motherhood really means . . .
I can’t remember how i acquired this book however I’m sure i didn’t pay much for it (i really hope i didn’t!). I didn’t realise there was a sequel to The Nanny Diaries so i was intrigued what it could be about.
The story follows on twelve years after the first book, which ends with Nan being fired. Her guilt at not saying goodbye to Grayer has stayed with her all of those years and when he turns up on her doorstep, drunk, she starts to fall back into her old ways of trying to protect and look after him.
The story was well written, interesting and definitely a page turner. It was hard to put down. I did find some parts a little bit unbelievable though – some of the situations Nan finds herself in escalate almost to the ridiculous and i feel like her family and friends would probably be questioning her sanity in the way she was dealing with them.
Nan really, really, really frustrated me. At one point i wanted to grab her head and repeatedly smash it into a brick wall. At first i really liked her, however slowly as the book went on she started to really get on my nerves. I found her character to be easily influenced, weak and foolish. I thought she would have been more mature since twelve years had passed however it’s like she hadn’t changed, she hadn’t grown. And throughout the book i felt she didn’t grow either, not even at the end. And her husband was so loving and she acted like a complete brat. I really, really wanted to slap her. I was also surprised at how she didn’t stand up for people when clearly they were being wronged, yet she would practically throw herself in front of a bus for Grayer. Her perceptions on life were very warped and she acted like a child.
If you don’t like swearing, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. The f word is constant. Again, i have mentioned that i do not have a problem with swearing in books however just because i don’t have a problem with it doesn’t mean that i don’t think it’s always necessary. In the case of Kiss Her Goodbye, i can understand swearing (your daughter has been kidnapped and buried alive…yeah i think you might be swearing) however most of Nan’s predicaments? It was way, way overused. I know in this day and age a lot of people find that the word “crap” doesn’t cut it anymore however after the hundredth time of reading the f word i had become quite desensitised to Nan’s predicaments. Something would happen and off she’d spurt and I’d be like oh well, because she’d only said it a little while ago to some other thing that had happened that wasn’t too important. It was like the boy who cried wolf. Also there were worse words than the f word in the book. And there is no way in this world that i felt that word was necessary in the context it was in. Not at all.
I was also really disappointed in the ending. All these situations were happening, it was full steam ahead and you’re wondering how it can all be resolved, and then it leads you along this depressed kind of route and abruptly ends. And all the tensions and situations just disappear, poof! I felt it was a huge cop out.
Overall i am glad i read it, and it definitely kept me on my toes. I would only recommend it if you don’t have any other books to read and only if you’ve read the first one.