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The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

37520291Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?


*I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

What if the babysitter whom you trusted your kids with is not who she says she is and has, in fact, ulterior motives for coming into your life? Such is the case of Mark and Melissa Cain. Mark, as a police officer, works longer hours especially now that there’s a new missing kid case he’s handling. While Melissa has orders to fill as a sculptor but with the new baby, she can’t find the time for her business. Jade is their new neighbor who unfortunately lost her house in a fire. Melissa offered her a place to stay and a job as a babysitter seeing how she get along with her kids so well. She seems to be the perfect babysitter anyone can find. Despite Mark’s reservation, he saw for himself how effective Jade is and how his kids immediately warmed into her. When Melissa started to show signs of depression again and Mark is spending so much time working, Jade stepped up and keep the house running. As Melissa falls deeper into her depression, their marriage threatened to crumble, too. Mark can’t help but wonder what caused his wife’s unhappiness. Something is utterly wrong with whatever’s happening and he’ll get to the bottom of it. But Mark is not prepared for what he found out. Because his babysitter is far from perfect after all.

The Babysitter is quite different from the other thrillers out there. There’s not much mystery involved and there’s no shocking twist and turn in store along the way as the truth of who Jade really is and what she’s up to is immediately laid out. It was pretty predictable. However, that didn’t make this any less of an exciting read. If anything, I was even more intrigue of how things will play out knowing the who and why and looking forward to the when and how or if she’ll ever be caught. The story is told from numerous points of view, Mark, Melissa, Jade, and Lisa, which gives a different perspective and better understanding of each character, making you feel what it’s they’re going through. But both Mark and Melissa could be frustrating at times as I was hoping they’d see what’s happening right under their noses. Jade is a complex character and is hard to fully like her despite having a tragic past knowing what she’s up to and what she’s able to do.

The pacing was okay but dragged on the middle. The moment the action happened, though, it didn’t let up until the end. The ending seemed a bit rushed and I was hoping for more than the open-ended that it was. It can be a little unsettling, too, as some description can be quite graphic. In spite of the lack of surprises, I still find The Babysitter a decent thriller and ended up enjoying it as a whole.




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