The Babysitter
 Read: off and on 2 weeks.

The Babysitter

bySheryl Browne(Goodreads Author)
You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark 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?

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My Thoughts:

Review of The Babysitter
Rating
4 Stars
Format Kindle edition
Status
Read
Review OMG this was a brilliant read! Grabs the reader by the hand and drags them through chapters of what’s is going on, why can’t you see that! It’s right in front of you!
A story told from the viewpoints of the main characters Max, Melanie, Jade and less so Dylan.
The prologue is especially powerful and sets the premise of the book.
When a neighbour’s cottage burns down and Max and Mel take her in for what is meant to be a few days to she gets herself on her feet and repairs can start on her own property.
When Jade strikes an immediate rapport with their two children,it seems they have a built in babysitter,
A match made in heaven and nothing could go wrong, or could it!
Be careful what you wish for, it may not turn as you wish.
As i said earlier, told from various viewpoints of the main characters.
The superb quality of the writing lets you inhabit their psyches and explore their strengths and weaknesses. Full of why cant you see that? It is obvious, right in front of your face moments.
A superb read and thanks to Sheryl,Bookoture and Netgalley for the ARC. A worthy 4 stars and I urge you to read it.
 


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Hi, I’m Sheryl Browne. I live in Worcestershire with my partner and a variety of disabled dogs. According to readers of my thrillers, I also apparently make an excellent psychopath. 😉 Writing powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction, my latest thriller THE BABYSITTER is published by fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, I have several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where, after half a lifetime, I finally completed my MA in Creative Writing.

 

In Place of Death (Tony Winter #5)

In Place of Death (Tony Winter #5)

A man enters the culverted remains of an ancient Glasgow stream. Deep below the city it is decaying and claustrophobic, and gets more so with every step. As the ceiling lowers to no more than a couple of feet above the ground, he finds his path blocked by another person. But the person is has been murdered.
DS Narey leads the investigation to find who the victim is and who killed him. Photographer Winter begins an investigation of his own, through the shadowy world of urbexers, people who pursue a dangerous and illegal hobby, a world that Winter knows more about than he lets on.
Meanwhile, DI Derek Addison is trying to prevent an escalating drugs war which has already left several casualties in its wake among the city’s rival gangs. A new face in town is upsetting the established order.
Against a backdrop of hauntingly atmospheric and dangerous buildings, the tangled links between the gangs and the urbexers who have strayed unwittingly into deadly territory draw all three investigations together
My Thoughts:
This was a brilliant read. Number 5 in the Narey/Winter series.
Though Number 5 in the series and there is some backstory it can be easily read as a stand alone.
it concerns a group of people called urbexers (urban explorers)
One is Remy Feeks who when exploring an under ground stream makes a gruesome discovery.
A body that he reports to the police via an anonymous phone call. Then he takes a step back and leaves it to the authorities; and this is where the story takes off.
Craig’s writing is such that he makes it easy to follow a story, which at times is twisted and complicated, with ease.
He is comfortable in the area about which he writes and his descriptions of Glasgow and the places the story is set is spot on.
Don’t let this put you off. Though appealing to a Glasgow boy like me it could easily be set in any major city with abandoned buildings and people willing to enter them to stir up the past.
A book that draws the reader in with superb writing and descriptive powers that conjure up the area
in which it is set.
A book full of ghosts of past lives and places; also ever present greed and man’s inhumanity to man.
A book I have read and chosen to review. I enjoyed it and would recommend to all who like a gritty story.

Craig Robertson 



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During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson has interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; been pilloried on breakfast television, beaten Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, been among the first to interview Susan Boyle, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.