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.

Book Review: Cut The Threads

Title: Cut The Threads
Author: Robin Roughley
Book Description:

When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.

Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.

Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan. As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.

Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?

Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?

As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge.

My Review

This book is so full of twists and turns it makes you think you are gonna get book sick. The characters, story line, and the writing style are superb. I was not sure if I liked it at first, but this book grabbed you from the first paragraph and does not let go. This book was very hard for me to put it down from start to finish.

The characters were very well written and you never really knew if the “good” guy was actually a “bad” guy or if the “bad” guy was the “good” guy. Robin Roughley is very good at keeping you in suspense of which side the characters are on. He knows how to create flawed characters along with really bad characters while keeping the humanity in all of them.

Even though this is the second book in the series (Keep You Near is the first) There is enough back story that you can read this one with out issues. Though it may make you want to go back and read the first one. I know I just bought it to read. Look for a review on that one in the future.

If you like crime novels that can get grizzly and quite a bit bloody. Robin Roughley goes into quite detailed about the gruesome deeds that happen to the characters. It is well written and well worth the read in my opinion.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Trapped

Title: Trapped
Author: Sally Mason
Book Description:

They took her sanity. Now they are back to take her life.

When Kelsey Miller was sixteen, she was kidnapped, beaten, and raped by two men—neither of whom was ever brought to justice. Three years later, the past still haunts her and fear, pain, and anger have taken over her world. Trapped in a cycle of self-harm and depression, she becomes her own worst enemy.

One night, her kidnappers return and ask her to make the ultimate sacrifice. This time, the stakes are even higher since her tormentors are not only determined to crush her spirit but her life.

My Review

Oh My Gosh! This book is amazing. The strength Kelsey showed only to have it beaten down over & over again. First she goes through the worst thing a woman could go through. Just to have justice ruined & then just when she starts to get her life back together she get thrown back into the worst thing again. Only to find out the worst thing!! I didn’t figure out who “Napoleon” was until halfway through the book which is odd for me.

This is a very graphic & adult book. As the beginning page says:

Trigger Warning: This story includes relevant social topics such as anxiety, self-harm, and depression, as well as references to rape/abuse. Do not read if you find any of these topics disturbing. They are not meant to upset anyone but to raise awareness.

Only read this if you can handle the emotional roller coaster.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Simplicity of Cozy

Title: The Simplicity of Cozy
Author: Melissa Alvarez

Book Description:

Make cozy your way of life with this guide for connecting to the positive energy of simple, everyday moments. Known around the world as hygge, lagom, and other similar terms, cozy and balanced living helps you improve your health, happiness, and spirituality by understanding and feeling the frequency of people, animals, places, and situations.

The Simplicity of Cozy explores a variety of topics, including mindfulness, simple ritual, self-care, home environment, relationship connections, and being in nature. Using easy techniques and exercises, you can tune into and practice the energy of coziness.

My Review

This is a non-fiction (not my normal read) but I love the title & the ideas & help this book gives really makes me want to live more Hygge! The book gives good practices & suggestions on how to make your life more cozy, and simple. I can not wait to put some of the practices & tips into my own life.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.