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The Babysitter: From the author of digital bestsellers and psychological crime thrillers like The Girl Next Door comes the most gripping and addictive book of 2020! Kindle Edition
|Length: 336 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Praise for The Babysitter:
‘I loved it, those twists!’ B A Paris, bestselling author of The Dilemma
‘A cracking page-turner from Phoebe Morgan’ Cara Hunter, bestselling author of All the Rage
‘Another brilliant read – possibly my favourite of hers yet. Tense, twisty and gripping. I was NOT expecting that twist!’ Claire Allan, bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose
‘This had me at the title. Fast-moving. Addictive. And all too possible’ Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Looked Away
‘The Babysitter took me from France to Suffolk via dark, twisty plotting, compelling characterisation and an ending I didn’t see coming at all’ Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange
‘A well-paced and rather unusual thriller, not least because Morgan has a particular skill for creating a vivid sense of place’ Daily Mail
‘A mystery packed with twists and turns – Morgan knows how to ramp up the tension!’ Woman
‘This chilling thriller is packed with tension and twists!’ My Weekly
‘Smart, suspenseful and oh so twisty, I loved The Babysitter’ Victoria Selman, bestselling author of Blood for Blood
‘Smart and sophisticated, with a payoff that’s well worth the wait. This is a dark, chilling thriller oozing with secrets, betrayals and twists’ John Marrs, bestselling author of The One
'The Babysitter is everything I love in a crime novel – a race-against-time mystery full of betrayal, divided loyalties, dubious men and relationships strained to breaking point. It is hugely enjoyable and impossible to put down until the thoroughly satisfying ending' Jane Casey, bestselling author of Cruel Acts
‘Betrayal, twists, lies and hope … The Babysitter has them all! Unputdownable’ Isabel Ashdown, bestselling author of Lake Child
‘SO addictive with a clever and twisty storyline… Loved it!’ Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Do Not Disturb--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
PHOEBE MORGAN is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She edits commercial fiction for a publishing house during the day and writes her own books in the evenings. Phoebe lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her website about publishing and writing at phoebemorganauthor.com. She is the author of The Doll House and The Girl Next Door and The Babysitter is her third book. Her novels have been translated into multiple territories and are available in the US, Canada, France, Croatia, Italy, Estonia, Norway, Portugal and more.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07WZXYYPK
- Publisher : HQ (28 May 2020)
- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 69,408 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Siobhan and her family are just beginning their holiday at her sister's beautiful villa in France when the police arrive and arrest her husband under suspicion of murder. It appears he'd been having an affair with the deceased so of course immediately becomes prime suspect. But Callum vehemently denies killing her.
TV executive Callum is handsome, successful and loves women almost as much as he loves himself. This is not the first time he has had an affair as his wife Siobhan is well aware but even she is shocked that he is now under suspicion of murdering the latest one. But that's not all. It seems the deceased, Caroline, had been babysitting a friend's little girl and now baby Eve is missing as well. As he is lead away in handcuffs en route back to the UK for questioning, Siobhan attempts to appease her distraught teenage daughter Emma with little effect. But it's her older sister Maria who soothes the frantic girl, leaving Siobhan once again feeling left out of her own life.
Maria has never married and enjoys her life of independence. She sees the freedom she has to live as she chooses a far cry from Siobhan's life of drudgery, tethered to serial philanderer Callum. Not being tied down has enabled her to afford the luxury of not only owning her own place in the UK, but the beautiful sprawling villa in St Juliette in France. She is in the process of redecorating it when she invited Siobhan and the family to stay.
Then there is poor Caroline Harvey, a needy, unstable and largely insecure woman in her late 20s who found herself in an 18 month long affair with the self-indulgent Callum. She foolishly believed, as many "other women" do, that he would leave his wife for her but she didn't bargain on his affinity with his daughter Emma. Even when Caroline found herself pregnant, that wasn't enough to lure Callum away from his family...and Caroline began to wonder was it all really worth it? She'd loosely confided in her friend Jenny who was initially worried about the fact that she was involved with a married man. But Jenny had a busy life, married and mother to 18 month old Eve that Caroline found herself envying her friend. She wanted what she had.
So when Jenny asked her to baby-sit Eve, Caroline jumped at the chance despite knowing very little about babies. She had looked after her once before that Jenny didn't hesitate to ask her friend for the favour and, desperate as she was, said that she would bring Eve and all her paraphernalia to Caro's flat. But no sooner had Jenny hurried out the door than Eve began to cry which then turned into screams that Caroline found herself unable to pacify.
And little did Jenny know that that would be the last time she saw her little girl. For when she returned to collect her later that night, she found Caro bent over the portacot dead and Eve nowhere to be found.
Who would enter Caroline's flat, kill her and abduct a baby? What motive could there possibly be? Police could surmise one scenario for Caroline and one for Eve, but not one that would involve them both. Jenny had enlightened them to Caroline's affair with married man Callum Dillon which then in turn lead police to their doorstep in France a few days later. Despite being on the continent now, the murder actually occurred the night before they left. So while selfish, philandering Callum is undoubtedly a jerk, is he a murderer? And where is baby Eve?
As soon as Callum is sent back to the UK for questioning by the Suffolk Police, Siobhan, Emma and Maria soon follow. The scandal surrounding the Caroline's death and Callum's womanising becomes frontline news as reporters begin to doorstep the family leaving them prisoners in their own home for fear of being accosted by them should they step outside. "Hashtag Find Eve" is trending on Twitter with locals surmising their own opinions as trial by social media purports its findings. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion as accusations are thrown involving Callum, Siobhan and even baby Eve's parents' Jenny and Rick. No one is immune from attack.
But Siobhan is hiding secrets of her own while trying to maintain harmony for her family as 16 year old Emma behaves erratically whilst seeking comfort in the arms of her aunt Maria. Siobhan cannot help but feel excluded from her own daughter's life, who has always been far closer to her father and now, it seems, to her aunt.
And yet, despite this, I couldn't feel much empathy towards Siobhan. It was Caroline I felt for. She was lonely, insecure and longed to be loved. She thought she had found it in Callum...but did she really? Even in death she appeared to be forgotten, as all anyone was interested in was finding baby Eve (understandably) but that didn't mean Caroline's life was worth any less just because she was dead.
Told from multiple perspectives - Siobhan, Caroline and DS Wildy primarily - the story unfolds before and after Caroline's murder. It's with this aspect that we, the reader, are aware of circumstances and facts that the police not yet privy to. It makes it interesting as we ponder who could possibly be responsible for Caroline's murder and the disappearance of baby Eve? Is Eve even still alive? No one knows but after the first 48 hours the likelihood of finding Eve alive drops considerably. The characters all well developed and somewhat interesting - I loved DS Wildy the best - though some are thoroughly unlikeable...least of all, serial philanderer Callum. Quite frankly, he deserved the grief he got for all he put his long-suffering wife and family through. Though I doubt he loved any woman he was involved with as he was far too in love with himself.
A gripping psychological thriller, THE BABYSITTER is not quite of the same calibre as her debut "The Doll House" , which was too clever beyond words, but it is still packed with surprises and the ability to shock at the end. It is compelling and completely engaging from start to finish, though it was a little slow to begin with before it gained momentum and thus flowed flawlessly at a rapid pace. I did partially work out who was involved but not completely until just before it is revealed. The twist, when it came, was deliciously clever.
A definite recommend to fans of thrillers - domestic and psychological alike.
Read over 10 days it was fun and to throw around theories with other readers around the world. It is interesting to see how others think about the same story.
Caroline Harvey is found murdered in her apartment and the baby that she was looking after for a friend is missing. As you can imagine this is a wild ride of suspects and motives. The prime suspect is the man that the victim was having an affair with, the married TV executive Callum Dillon. Police track I’m down at his sister in laws French villa where he is on holiday with his wife and daughter. Sent back to the UK the investigation begins.
It is told from multiple points of view, telling the story of before and after the murder. Who killed her and why?
Big thank you to The Pigeonhole for having me along on this read. Highly recommend
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is riveting and the crime scene is gory, but the book provokes deeper questions about female solidarity.
The book begins with the Dillon family holidaying in a relative's villa in France. All is well until they are awoken one morning by the Police arresting the father Callum on suspicion of the murder of Caroline Harvey, a woman who was in her flat in England babysitting her friend's baby.
The first twist of many is that although Caroline maybe dead, the baby is missing!
This book had me gripped from start to finish and I loved how each chapter told the story from a different character's perspective.
The twist at the end flawed me and one I did not see coming.
I look forward to reading the author's other two novels and whatever she writes in the future.
Huge 5 ⭐ review from me!