Book Review: The Babysitter

Title: The Babysitter
Author: Sheryl Browne
Book Description:

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 unputdownable read will have you turning the pages until way after dark.

My Review

Oh my gosh, the story line in this book. It is amazing. Even though you know right off the bat who the villain is & why she is doing it, the book grabs you and will not let go. I would love to give an in-depth review of this book, but I am afraid I would give away all the secrets & the plot away. That would be a horrible thing. So I will try to gloss over the book.

It is amazing what one mentally ill woman can effect another mentally ill woman and how close they both can come to tearing a loving family apart. Mark (the husband) is such a character that you completely feel all of his emotions along with Jade & Melissa.

Sheryl Browne writes her characters so that no matter whether they are the “good” or “bad” character you completely feel what they are feeling. There is not a lot of authors that can do that to me. This one can, you will even find yourself hoping that Jade gets the mental help she needs.

This book can not be recommended enough by me if you like thrillers. Even if you do not like thrillers I think you will enjoy the complex story lines in this book. I enjoyed this book so much and I plan on reading more from Sheryl Browne.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Manacle

Title: Manacle
Author: Chris Aslan
Book Description:

“I hear the clatter of swords and torches outside the cave as the soldiers come for me. In a moment their faces will relax when they see a skinny, outnumbered boy.

They don’t realise how dangerous I am. That I have monsters inside me.

I want to shout out and warn them to run, but I can’t. And then the violence begins…”

What if your body was not your own? What if you had vast strength, but were used as a weapon? A gripping story about the power of possession, and the power of freedom.

My Review

This book was not what I was expecting. I expected a book that would be a mild horror but I got a novel with Christian religiousness tones in the story line. Though Chris Aslan never mentions them by the names most people know them by you have no problems figuring out who they are. By what happens to “the master” tells you exactly who and what they are.

The characters are all well written and well designed. Though to be honest, I wasn’t sure if Phin was a boy or a girl at first. The distinction between the two religions is well defined so that you knew who followed “the master” and the others. Chris Aslan made it very clear the division and dislike that each group had for the other.

Chris Aslan made it very clear what would happen in the end for Phin, which is a bit surprising for an author in my opinion. While at the same time not surprising due to the differences between the two religious groups. Phin did what “the master” wanted him to do so in that wan it worked out.

The book is very good and I do recommend reading it. If I had realized the “religious” aspect of it then I do not know if I would have read it. I was expecting a bit more of a book with a man possessed with spirits and eventually fights them out of him and having people try to use him for bad or good. In a way this is what the book is about, but I just was not expecting it to go the way it did. The book just did not go the way the description leads you to think it would. Though the book is well written and engaging I just was not happy with it.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.