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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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Bookouture
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Berit☀️✨
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 shiny stars🌟🌟🌟.75

The hand that rocks the cradle.... is the hand that rules the world.....

This book reminded me of the 1992 movie” The Hand That Rocks the cradle”...On a personal note I happened to name my daughter after the antagonist in that movie... and Lucky for me my daughter hasn’t turned into a crazy nanny... well not yet at least....

Jade is the perfect babysitter coming into Mark and Melissa‘s life just when she is needed the most.... but the reader finds out real quick that Jade is
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Dash fan
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5☆ Wow!!!

The Babysitter is a fantastic read. It's creepy, kept me guessing, cleverly written, suspenseful.

The Babysitter is written in short sharp chapters consisting of the Mark (The Father & DI), Mel  (The mother) and Jade the babysitter.

I really can't go into detail incase I give too much away.
But what I will say is Jade is a force to be reckoned with.
She's Minipulative, Evil creepy, underhanded, secretive and she wants Mel out if the way!

I read a Review that mentions it's like the hand that
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Carrie
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne is a psychological thriller but what I think readers need to know going into this one is that it isn’t the type to shock and awe but more to entertain. The story to me was one that was fairly straightforward instead of full of shocking twists and turns but that in no way meant that I didn’t enjoy reading it.

As the book begins we meet the players in here that alternate the point of view in the book. Mark is a police officer who is married to Melissa with whom they
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Louise Wilson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Jade's house has burnt down so Jade. Needs them as much as they need her. Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running her own business. But are things as perfect as they seem?

My only criticism of this book is that I found it hard to believe that Mark is a police officer and could not see what was going on in his own home. He is busy with his current cas
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Jan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, dnf, netgalley
DNF about a 1/4 of the way through. ☹️

I knew who the antagonist was in the 2nd chapter, and everything after that was straight out of a Lifetime movie. I couldn't take it. Just too predictable. I did jump to the last few chapters to see if I called it right, and I did. Right down to the 'not really an ending' ending.

I think I need to take a break from Bookoutore for awhile. I have always loved what they published, but lately they seem to be pumping out luke warm versions of them. Even their boo
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT:'We want her gone, don't we, my precious?' she whispered. 'Out of our lives forever and ever.'

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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
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BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When something seems too good to be true, it usually is!

Jade has been a godsend to the Cain family! After they take Jade in after an unfortunate fire destroys Jade's cottage, she becomes indispensable in her new position as babysitter to seven year old Poppy ( such a sweet character) and baby Evie. How would they cope without her, especially when the children's mother, Melissa, starts losing the plot, constantly tired, agitated, depressed and becoming increasingly incapable of looking after her
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Pat
Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really don't like doing this but oh dear, what a woeful book. Melodramatic - much. I really didn't want to finish it but made myself skim read and keep going in the hope that there might be a surprise at the end that would somewhat redeem it - but no, it was painfully predictable all the way through. I felt as if I'd read this before only with different characters, so very derivative. Maybe I've just read too many similar books lately.

I'm sure you can work out what the book is about, the title
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Sean Peters
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank You !!#

Yes Thanks Net Galley, the publishers and the author.

What can I say... WOW.... Stunning

Sheryl Browne writes the most wonderful gripping, tense and suspenseful psychological thriller. There aren’t many thriller authors who can grip the reader so powerfully, heart in mouth and pulse racing realistic thriller.

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.
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Book Addict Shaun
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have spent the past few hours consumed by the story here in The Babysitter. I was at 60% and was about to turn off my Kindle and go to bed, but I couldn’t and just had to get it finished. It was such an addictive read that I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to end.

Now, whilst it was obvious who The Babysitter really was and why she suddenly appeared in the lives of Mark and Melissa, I feel like it was supposed to be that obvious? So I don’t think I cleverly worked out some kind of major
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Sue

I’ve recently discovered audio books and find them so handy. I can do things like chores around the home, drive and still listen/read. The best of both worlds.

This creepy novel was off to a great start, meeting the couple Mark and Melissa. They have two children. Mark works long hours as a Police Officer.
Jades becomes their Babysitter.

All seems fine for a while.

I found Jade manipulative and creepy, obsession at its best.

The way the Melissa speaks portrayed by the narrator really annoyed me. I th
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Pauline
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne is a psychological thriller that I enjoyed. Mark and Melissa who have two young children take in a neighbour Jade who has been left homeless after a fire at her cottage. Melissa is finding it hard to cope and employs Jade to look after the children. It's obvious from the beginning that Jade is there for reasons of her own and that is to get rid of Mark's wife and take her place at any cost. This is a dark and disturbing story that I read in a day. I would like to ...more
Danielle Edwards
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I can honestly say it wasn’t my type of book , I was not having much luck but I wanted to give it a chance I found it very predictable I did nearly put it in the did not finish pile it could be seen as trigger warning but the story is still a good read if you are into her style of writing as I know not everyone will agree with me
Mandy White
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Jade is the perfect babysitter... or is she too good to be true? When she move in with Mel and Mark o help look afte baby Evie and 7 year old Poppy the family soon begin to fall apart... accidents happening and Mel slowly becoming more and more depressed.

We hear this story from multiple point of views, including Jades so there is no hiding the fact that she is doing this to the family.

A very quick paced story, where you will not want to put it down. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a copy
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Linda Strong
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Mark, a detective, and his wife, Melissa, are happily married with 2 young children. They are both busy .. he with the homicides he investigates she with her sculpting business. Of course, it's usually Melissa that winds up changing her plans .... murder doesn't wait.

A new neighbor watches one night as her house burns down. Mark saves the cat, but Jade is left with nothing more than what she's wearing. They take her into their home and she winds up being the babysitter... something that Mark and
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Amy
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I absolutely love the premise for this one, the idea that a couple has let someone into their home to work with their children that has less than honorable intentions, it’s terrifying! Jade seems like the perfect babysitter for Mark and Mel’s children, but she’s too perfect and you know what they say about if something seems too good to be true…

This was an extremely fast paced and exciting read, I read it in just two sittings and only then had to stop to deal with real life otherwise it would’ve
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Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I'm really surprised this book has a 3.8 rating. The word "blah" comes to mind.

The writing was mediocre, at best, and it felt like the story was missing chunks of explanation. It was almost like the book was too long, so someone took a machete to it and just cut stuff that shouldn't have been cut. Yet, somehow it was still over 300 pages.

Definitely do not recommend. 2 stars is on the generous side.
Sarah
1.5 stars. I would not recommend this, when there are many better psychological thrillers out there. I'm not even sure why I finished, but I ended up skimming for the last two thirds or so. There wasn't much that was mysterious or thrilling about this, as the babysitter's motives and intentions were revealed pretty much right off the bat, so there was really nothing that was surprising or suspenseful, in my opinion, though it did veer into rather over-the-top territory as things ramped up at the ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
One of the most predictable 'surprise ending' books I have ever read!

Unfortunately I can't say I liked it a lot. The dialogue between the characters felt a bit fabricated and the plot was nothing special...

I wish the first chapter of the book was revealed in the end, maybe bits of Grace's past could've been splattered here and there in the plot.

Thanks for NetGalley and the publisher for this Arc in exchange for an honest review...
The Book Review Café
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Babysitter seems such an innocent title for a book but don’t be fooled, this is definitely not a “Mary Poppins a spoonful of sugar type read” but never the less what a highly compelling read this turned out to be. A word of warning If you were thinking of hiring a babysitter anytime soon you may want to think again after reading The Babysitter or at least make sure they come with impeccable credentials as long as your arm! Jade miraculously arrives into the life’s of Melissa and her husband ...more
Adrian Dooley
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. This was poor. Really poor. Review will be short.

Mark and Melissa Cain are happily married with two children. They decide to employ a live in babysitter, who happens to be their new neighbour who they didn’t know and who’s house has managed to burn down.

We know from very early on that the baby sister is a psychopath and what she is up to so we are left with the vast majority of the book for it to play out and it doesn’t read well.

A cast of characters that all seem as dim as each othe
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Shalini
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A babysitter from hell is all I can say to describe this character. Every time I felt that she couldn't go lower than the previous act, she showed me that there was still another layer of gruesomeness about her.

Melissa and Mark's neighbor Jade's house goes up in flames, and as a kind act they invite the neighbor into their home and make her their babysitter. But acts of kindness never go unpunished, thus starts the wicked ways of the babysitter. She wants Mark to herself for reasons known only
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Mary Thomas
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

Obviously going by the large number of high ratings for this one I am in a very small minority.

The book starts with a house fire and the one surviving member of the fire Grace and the introduction of three police officers. One Detective Inspector and two DS.

Fast forward eight years and the three officers are all still at exactly the same rank. Are there no promotions? The three officers and their superior have not advanced their careers in any way shape or form??
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Shell Baker
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this has to be my favourite Sheryl Browne book....

I am a massive fan of Sheryl Browne's DI Matthews series and I couldn't wait to get stuck into The Baby Sitter which is a standalone psychological thriller the author brings us something totally different with this unputdownable story which is fan-flipping-tastic.

In this story we meet mother of Poppy, Melissa. Her husband and police officer Mark, who are struggling to juggle their work load around the upbringing and looking after their daugh
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Wendi Lee
*3.5 stars*

When new neighbor Jade’s house burns down, Melissa and Mark don’t think twice about welcoming her into their house and making her their new babysitter. But Jade isn’t who she seems, and the entire family is in danger...

So I have mixed feelings about this psychological thriller. On one hand, it kept my attention with its excellent pacing and impending sense of danger. I was really worried about the kids and the pet dog for most of the book.

But, I couldn’t believe that a seasoned detec
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Chloe
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Mark and Melissa take their neighbor Jade in whose house is burnt down in an accidental fire.They have a baby and a seven year old and Jade seems like a perfect person to take care of their kids as nanny till she gets back on her feet. But was Jade really godsend or did she have another agenda in mind ?

The Babysitter is a great psychological thriller without much of twists or turns as we know who the suspect is from start but that does not take away from the story .The author does a great job b
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Rob Twinem
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Inspector Mark Cain is married to Melissa and they have two wonderful children Poppy and Evie. Mark is haunted by a house fire that occurred sometime in the distant past, a vision of a child overcome by smoke inhalation never leaves him. The family become acquainted with a neighbour Jade when her property is destroyed by fire (there seems to be a theme developing here!) Mark and Mel are very impressed by the kindness and warmth that radiates from Jade who in turn develops a strong bond ...more
Norrie
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Do your eyes need a good rolling? Try this!

Prologues can be a great tool to set the mood for the rest of the story. Or, as it happened in The Babysitter, can ruin all the fun. I said time and time again, I don’t need hundreds of plot twists to enjoy a story, but when it comes to psychological thrillers, I do expect a few surprises down the line. The only surprise I got from this one was the fact that I actually managed to get to the end of it.

To begin with, I just couldn’t get over how much I di
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Ina
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Is she too good to be true?

There's a house on fire in the neighborhood, and as the hero Mark is, he rescues Jade's cat. Since she has no place to go, and Mark and Melissa sees that she is good with kids, they hire her as a babysitter. Jade stays with them for so long, to look after their seven year old daughter and their newborn. Jade is too good to be true, 'cause she always shows up when something happens. She always seem to read other people's mind, and she makes everything easier for Mark an
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Rachel Gilbey
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the start you know not to trust the Babysitter, the clue is in the title and the blurb, in fact from the prologue I was 99% positive I had worked out her identity and I would expect most people reading this to get that far in their predictions.

And yet despite being sure you know what the reveal will be, due to the various perspective the book is written from, and the specifics of the story, I found myself drawn into this rather twisted tale, which contained more horrors than I initially an
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