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The Babysitter

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This is so creepy, thrilling and hugely intense. I think I actually held my breath at some points. Brilliantly paced, fantastic characters. Loved it.
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Oh where to start?! This book was amazing! Very well written and kept me gripped and guessing throughout, highly recommend
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This was an interesting tale of revenge, deceit, and murder. This was about a new babysitter for a detective and his young family, while he works on finding a missing girl. There were some twists and turns, but I found it a little crazy towards the end and kind of hard to believe.  It was still a good book and I would recommend it.
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This was an ok book but I found the characters extremely frustrating in places which did impact on my enjoyment.
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Melissa and Mark are struggling trying to juggle their seven year old daughter Poppy and new born baby with their busy careers. But help lands in their lap in the form of their neighbour Jade, who’s house burnt down. Taking her in, they find she is great with the kids, so she agrees to be their babysitter.

When a young girl goes missing, Mark is torn between his home life and the case. Melissa’s behaviour becomes more and more worrying, sinking into depression, leaving Jade to pick up the pieces. But is Jade all she seems?

A lesson learned from this book, always check your babysitter’s references before you hire them!

So last year I enjoyed The Affair by Sheryl Browne, so I decided recently to go back and read her first psychological thriller The Babysitter.

Like The Affair, the babysitter does tackle some tough subjects like mental illness, infant death and child abuse which Sheryl Browne tackles in honest yet compassionate way.

The main part of the story is told from three perspectives, Melissa, Mark and Jade. Each character felt well rounded and life like. Mark was my favourite, always wanting to be the white knight and save everyone but struggling when he can’t always do that.

I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately it ended up being a little predictable. I also felt that the early chapters from Jade’s perspective, weren’t really needed, in fact I think it would have increased the tension a lot more but of course that’s just my opinion.

Even though this wasn’t my cup of tea, it certainly won’t put me off reading more of Sheryl Browne’s novels.
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This story is a perfect example of how married couples become complacent in life with their relationship. Mark and Melissa are a perfect couple on paper. In reality, however, they are struggling day to day to maintain some sense of family with their time consuming jobs and chores. What seems at that time as God’s gift, a young girl rescued from a house fire by Mark volunteers to help babysit their child. But that gift soon comes to bite their behinds, figuratively of course.

Melissa all of a sudden seems to become vary careless. frustrated and accident prone. And it is definitely pissing Mark off. All these problems are magically solved when Jade takes the charge, all the time proving how invaluable she is. But everything is definitely not as it seems, and we are shown how the couple is being manipulated into doubting their own marriage. The plot is pretty predictable from this point. However what remains to be seen is whether Jade truly succeeds in inserting herself in their marriage ? If Melissa and Mark can realize that they have been played against each other ? Why is Jade so obsessed with Mark ? What is her past ?

There were many things that troubled me over the course of this story. For a policeman, Mark sure seemed to miss all the clues right up to the end. And I can understand juggling several things in life, but seriously, giving up so much control over to such a young and relatively unknown neighbor seems to be really juvenile. It was like they didn’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, which is usually fine, but when you are handing over the access to your home, family and kid I am sure you have to look across the horse’s body. Or maybe the author wanted me to feel helpless. What needs to be appreciated is the mind of young Jade, she seems to know exactly what cards to play and that surely makes the whole thing creepy. There is always some sort of expectation of innocence or naivety when we think of baby-sitters. That the author could turn this character into such a manipulative mind makes this plot interesting. The plot is predictable, so not many surprises there.
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I enjoyed this book though I could work out the plot.  It shows what gossip can do to a marriage,
I found sad that a small child  could be affected..  we all know there is lots of suck people out there who have had bad childhoods and have then tried to Ruin other peoples lives.
It was still a well written book and will look out for more books written. By sheryl Browne.
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This looks like a Lifetime movie in book form, at least it does for me. The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne is a psychological thriller that we've all probably read before, at least the same type of plot premise. The couple Mark and Melissa are busy working so they hire a nanny/babysitter to take care of their children. 

Pretty soon, life gets crazy as the demands of their jobs becomes chaotic, and the babysitter, Jade, is now an integral part of their lives, she is with the children most of the time. Then suddenly, Jade's house burns down and she has no where left to go, so she stays with Mark and Melissa and their children.

That's when some weird things start to happen, and Mark notices that Jade isn't exactly the same person she was when they first started working together, Jade's peculiar, to say the least, and Mark is a little wary.

This is a premise that we've seen time and time again, I just wish that these authors would take the time to actually develop a story that doesn't always end the same way. I want fresh, I want new, I want something that is going to keep me up at night because I can't put it down. This was just, barely mediocre. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
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This started out promisingly. Young Grace is rescued from a terrible house fire that kills the rest of her family, though we’re given clear indication things aren’t as positive as people thought. She’s rescued by a young PC, and he promises that she’ll be okay.
Some years later that same PC is now father to two young children and living in an idyllic country cottage with his wife. It’s all very cosy - and then a neighbour’s cottage burns down, she’s invited back to the family home while in her time of need and, without us being sure why, all hell breaks loose.
Within a short space of time the perfect babysitter is revealed to be deranged, very dangerous and determined to not stop until she gets her knight in shining armour. Relationships are stretched to breaking point, professional credibility is sabotaged at every opportunity and there’s a very real threat hiding behind this seemingly perfect facade.
While I love a good thriller, this all felt contrived to the point of silly. I can’t imagine two professional people falling for this, or those around them not being more suspicious. There were attempts to make us feel some sympathy for our villain, but her actions were so far beyond what seems conceivable that I was, frankly, amazed it took so long for her to get her come-uppance.
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I’ve recently discovered audio books and find them so handy. I can do things like chores around the home, drive and still listen/read. The best of both worlds.

This creepy novel was off to a great start, meeting the couple Mark and Melissa. They have two children. Mark works long hours as a Police Officer.
Jades becomes their Babysitter.

All seems fine for a while.

I found Jade manipulative and creepy, obsession at its best.

The way the Melissa speaks portrayed by the narrator really annoyed me. I think I’d have read her differently. Although she has had depression before I thought the narrative voice brought her over as pathetic and a soft touch. I’m not sure if it was meant to come over as such but it did. It annoyed me.

Melissa has had post natal depression before and so when things start to happen which question her sanity and Marks concern for her, no one thinks the worse.

It’s not a unique storyline but it’s a good one.

Not sure if this was meant to spook, it didn’t.
Not sure if the reader was meant to anticipate the ending, I didn’t.

I loved it for its own right. I loved it for the way it flowed and especially Jades part in this. 
Boy was she creepy. She used everything and every wile wicked creepy way unnoticed and always hid with chirpiness, helpful obliging ways. She was well warped. 

So yes, all in all I loved this book.
Narrator not so much.
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This book has a lot of promise, and has a really good outline for a story, but for some reason, it just didn't "click" with me.  I know I am in the minority though as a lot of people have enjoyed it.
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This was an enjoyable story but it definitely had some problems. 

I think one of the main problems I had with the story was just the lack of suspense. The reader knows from the beginning that the babysitter is evil and so there was no real mystery or suspense created.

I also found parts of the story to be a little hard to believe.

Overall it was an enjoyable story but I just didn't feel it brought anything new to the table.
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Wow, what a thrilling and yet scary and entertaining read!! I was racing through the book to see where and what the babysitter would be doing next.  I did not see the end coming at all, but it tied the plot line up nicely in my opinion.  Recommended.
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This was out of my usual read category but decided it looked interesting enough to give it a go. Was pleasantly surprised that it was a good read. Parts were a little slow but, overall a solid story. Would recommend.
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The Babysitter

You know you’re in for a treat when you pick up a Sheryl Browne book and The Babysitter is no exception. 

I don’t want to rehash the synopsis or give away the plot but rest assured this is an amazing read. It’s evil, it’s creepy and has you on the edge of your seat throughout. A twisted tale that you won’t be able to put down. Five stars!
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***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.***

This was a great book. The story was captivating and kept me interested throughout. Can’t wait for more from this author.
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A bit too predictable with stereotypical characters. When characters fit such a literary norm, it’s too easy to figure out the ending because you know who the villain is.
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Review: THE BABYSITTER by Sheryl Browne

If THE BABYSITTER came packaged with a warning label, that label would read: "CAUTION: If it seems too good to be true, WATCH OUT!!" In smaller print, a second warning, "BEWARE OF GASLIGHTING!"

Detective Inspector Mark Cain, his sculptor wife Melissa, and their daughters, Poppy, age seven, and infant Evie, seem to be a fairy-tale happy family. A marriage built on a strong foundation of mutual love and trust, dual devotion to their children--seems a happily-ever-after often unheard of in modern times. Mark and Melissa have suffered tragedy and depression, surviving and eventually thriving. But now--will their marriage--and their lives and children--survive gaslighting?   Insanity can be contagious.


["Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity." Wikipedia. Term derives from the 1944 film "Gaslight," starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Joseph Cotten.]
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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 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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“The babysitter” is a well written psychological thriller that will make you bite your nails from the very start to the very end.
Mark and Mel finally have everything they need. After years of suffering, they managed to form a happy and healthy family without losing the sparkle in their marriage. 
Everything changes when Jade shows up in their lives. She is perfect and the circumstances let her stay in Mark’s house and slowly turn his perfect life into a nightmare.
The book has been almost impossible to put down, but I have to say I was annoyed the entire time reading it. None of the characters (besides the kids) were likeable. Mark and Mel in my opinion were both weak and spineless. Lisa was irritating me when she didn’t persist more to share with their friends the news she got when doing background check on Jade. Jade? She was simply a psycho… 
What happens in the book is not really unpredictable. All characters in the book blindly turned against each other rather than putting one on one together and avoiding the disaster all together, which kept on making me even more irritated.
Saying that, I guess this was the purpose of the story all together. And because of all the above, the novel grabs your attention and doesn’t release it until the very last page. 
A good read recommended for those with a higher level of patience to naïve people, and strong nerves to handle the suspension while waiting when the naïve will get a grip of what is happening.
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