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Summary

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? 

If you loved reading The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister, you’ll love the suspense of The Babysitter. This unpausable listen will have you turning the pages until way after dark. 

©2018 Sheryl Browne (P)2018 Bookouture

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brilliant

brilliant couldn't stop listening. a real page Turner and we'll narated. highly recommend. don't pass by this one

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Loved it

Brilliant listen . After two wasted credits and disappointed listens I was abit nervous . But loved every min , didn’t want it to end .

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Not great

This book was destroyed by the narrator rushing through it, no emotion just spat out sentences at the same high angst which seemed to always include one of the following.... 'incredulous looks', 'gulping back nausea', 'gulping back tears' or 'gulping back huge snotty sobs' oh give me a break!!

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great listen! well composed and very well narrated

very good book! finished in a day! narrated very well! I look forward to the next book

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  • MO
  • 17-06-18

A great book

I loved this book. Great characters, a good plot and brilliant narration. We knew from the start what was going on and who but the suspense came through the build up of increasing dangerous behaviours and hearing the increasing desperation as things get out of the main characters control.... Not knowing how things would be resolved etc
Would definitely recommend. Hooked from the start.

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Terrible

Very boring and predictable. It’s been done so much better, so many times. ‘ Hand that rocks the cradle’ for example.

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good story but predictable

it was a good story but slightly predictable storyline, and the ending was a bit of and anti climax as we already new what had happened

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Good read

Gripping! Just couldn’t put it down! Really enjoyed it and would defiantly recommended! Fab author

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The Baby Sitter

A fast moving well crafted novel, Characters plausible and made the reader want to help them. I had a problem with the onset of a very drugged Melissa starting so quickly and dramatically . I felt t was left to become critical without too much questioning about the total mess she became. The plot was well rounded, perhaps a touch predictable at times but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to other readers.

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If you haven’t seen the hand that rocks the cradle than I’m sure this book would be great. Otherwise it just seems to be a rip off of the film!

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  • Anna Landry
  • 31-03-18

I Think The Term is “Nanny...”

...or very naughty nanny in the case of The Babysitter, who enters the lives of one poor family intent on destruction and hell-bent on snagging the hapless, innocent and horse-blind husband for herself, and oh, yeah- she wants a baby, too. And maybe a sister. But she does NOT want the hapless, naive and slowly crumbling, mentally deconstructing wife in the picture. Enter some fairly clever ways to infiltrate the family, take over mothering duties by slowly incapacitating Mom, and inch her way into wifely duties, too. Did I mention there’s a kidnapping case going on? Dad’s a high-up police detective who works 9-5 and takes a lot of time off to care for his suddenly nuts wife while the case lingers in the ether unsolved and Dad-Detective’s smart cop partner is stymied by the stupidness of this family. Plenty of gratuitous sex, innuendo, cliche and annoying cutesy baby-talk. And the correct term for a live-in full -time child carer is ‘nanny.’ That bugged me! While the narration was good (except for annoying kid which isn’t her fault) I would pass this one over as predictable and pedestrian- there are better psychological thrillers out there.

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  • meg
  • 05-04-18

How stupid were these parents!!!!!!!

I'm sorry but this book started out very good but as I read on I was so annoyed with how unbelievably STUPID!!!! These two parents were. what kind of parent just hire some random woman to watch her two children without doing a background check. They knew this woman for a grand total of one day and they ask her to be there live in babysitter. All this woman had to do was say she had degrees in some form of childcare and they say "ok move in watch over our little baby and young child" And all this without a background check. And the father was a cop so he should already know better. And also that young child couldn't have been more Irritating. She was working at my nerves every time she spoke. I almost didn't finish the book because the kid was so annoying. I'm sorry but so many things about this book were so beyond the realm of reality. It wasn't horrible, but I don't think I would read again. I was very excited when I read the reviews because it sounded really good, but I didn't agree. But to each his own

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  • SissyNana
  • 23-05-18

Could not get into it.

I tried several times to listen to this book and I just could not get into the storyline. I did not finish this book and that is unusual for me, I will usually keep with one until the end. This book reminded me a lot of the movie with Rebecca DeMornay called The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-18

Not worth the effort poor

could not finish waste of ti e and oney
never again will I try this writer

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  • Chilvr
  • 12-09-18

Definitely Entertaining with Excellent Narration!

I thought really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was excellent and I could clearly follow the different characters. To some readers that found this unrealistic I disagree. As a psychologist obsession, delusional thinking, and depression were accurately portrayed. This is an important part of psychological thrillers for me. All in all give it a try. If your not connected by the 5th chapter and dont like it try something else. I was hooked!

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  • aurelie
  • 14-07-18

Great summer listen

This book was perfect for a summer read, the story was great, the characters relatable
Tamsin Kennard is a great narrator.
I really enjoyed this book

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  • rkr4cds
  • 10-07-18

No. NEVER again.

Do not believe this subtitle: "...Gripping Psychological Thriller..." This wasn't a THRILLER, it didn't 'GRIP'. and I kept waiting for it to become PSYCHOLOGICAL Very disappointed by the end, though I did stick it out awaiting the promised mystery.

I believe it 'could' be mildly suspenseful for a YA audience, or a VERY easily intimidated adult, but it's definitely mislabeled as it is.
It's my first & last time choice of this author's work.

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  • Sassy863
  • 21-04-18

some people can't let the past go, Just Sick <br />

I enjoyed this book but I felt it could have been a bit shorter. Got a little tire of the cop/dad being so clueless. Narration was great.Going to start another book narrated by her. worth the listen but be patient. is there going to be a sequel?

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  • stephkatritter
  • 21-04-18

It was okay

This book mostly just made me feel angry. I hated the villain in the story so much because she was not only delusional and crazy but she was an evil psychopath! And the reason behind all her motives was very ridiculous and unbelievable. I think this story was a stretch and could have been better if the motive was a little more realistic. I love thrillers that keep me guessing but this story was over the top and I put me in a crappy/angry mood most of the time. The writing and storytelling were pretty good though so it’s not a complete bomber.

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  • Yvonne
  • 12-04-18

Good book

I really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. Kept me up listening late at night