The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

Do your eyes need a good rolling? Try this!

The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

Genres: Psychological Thriller
Published: 8th March, 2018
Series: N/A
Rating: 2

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?

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 didn’t like the writing style. When it comes to descriptions, I’m a sucker for them. Not so much however when they are so utilitarian. People answered each other ‘acerbically‘, looked at one another ‘interestedly‘ on at least five occasions, while their hair splayed ‘sexily‘ around. Oh hell, no!

*Norrie rolled her eyes exasperatedly and put down the book annoyedly*

You know what I’m sayin’?

If you ask me, Mark is possibly the worst detective on the face of the planet. He clearly can’t read people, doesn’t see what’s right in front of him and despite of being supposedly such a great guy, treats his wife like crap when the poor woman is clearly going through some tough shit, that coincidentally started five minutes after the amazing babysitter with the giant tits moved in with them.

Jade was dodgy as fuck, of course, but kind of like a cartoon villain. You know, the ones who walk around constantly cackling (or should I say laughing maniacally?) and having the crazy eye. 

You are probably wondering why I plodded through this one, when it’s clear I didn’t think much of it. Well, my curiosity you see, is an annoying little bastard, and most inconvenient. I kept thinking there must be something else at play here, and surely there will be something at the end that will make me slap my forehead with its shocking revelation. Want to know a secret? There wasn’t one.


  1. Omg Norrie… I thought the same points. A cop allowing some stranger into his home as baby sitter without checking!! Your review perfectly resonated with me. My points too!!

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  2. He he, what a great review! I can’t decide what I enjoy more – the fact that the working week is nearly over or that you so ‘funnily’ expressed your opinions (you see what I did there ;))

    Your “The only surprise I got from this one was the fact that I actually managed to get to the end of it” is something I can relate to as well. I also keep on thinking there’s got to be more to it when sometimes reading a book I really ought to not finish and then the only surprise is actually me finishing the book he he.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!! x


    1. Oh noes… i don’t know how but your comment ended up in the spam :/
      But yea, i wouldn’t recommend this one. Neither the writing nor the story appealed to me at all.
      Have an awesome weekend too! (I guess i can say this now cuz it’s almost friday 😀 )

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  3. “Do you need a good eye rolling” <– haha! And when the writing style starts getting on your nerves it's usually all over for me, I can't pay attention to anything else except how much I dislike it.

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  4. Sorry you didn’t like it! But I do have to say her next book was a lot better than this one in my humble opinion!

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  5. Hahaha oh no, Norrie!! Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this book. I am the same way sometimes– I just can’t put a book down no matter how much I don’t like it lol. The writing style definitely sounds annoying & you had me laughing right away at the intro of this post. 😂😂😂

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  6. haha, sorry Norrie 🙂 Seriously though, sorry this one didn’t work out for you. I read it ages ago and what I remember is also being frustrated by Mark, the clueless detective. I think The Affair was a better read. Its her next title. Thumbs up for reading this one to the end though.

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