ARC: The Babysitter by Phoebe Morgan

Good Morning All,

Happy weekend and happy Sunday! The day of rest is finally upon us. This has been such a long week for me; mostly busy at work, so I am very happy to see this weekend arrive.

Book πŸ“–

The Babysitter

Thank you toΒ @Phoebe_A_MorganΒ andΒ @HQStoriesΒ for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This book is due for publication on 28th May, 2020 and you can pre-order a copyΒ here.

Description πŸ”–

Callum, Siobhan and Emma Dillon are enjoying a family holiday in France in a luxurious villa in the middle of August. Only two days into their stay, Callum is arrested by French police on suspicion of murder and flown straight back to England.

A fews days before Callum’s arrest, Caroline Harvey is found dead in her flat and her best friend’s baby whom she was babysitting has disappeared without a trace.

The Gares family are torn apart whilst the search continues for their missing one year old whilst Siobhan tries to piece together how her husband is linked to this heinous crime and keep her family together.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

I was instantly attracted to this book by it’s synopsis and was hooked straight away as soon as I started reading. It’s for sure an unputdownable page turner, with every new page edging closer and closer to a big reveal.

I have to admit that I suspected I had it figured out by about a third of the way in but that didn’t put me off in any way. I had a strong feeling about how Caroline had come to her end, but not a clue about what had happened to poor baby Eve, so I was still hooked and still gobbling up every detail of the story.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I had some pretty strong feelings about some of the characters right off the bat. I sympathised with Caroline, not just because she was murdered, but because it was obvious from the off that her life was in a difficult place and I’m sure she didn’t feel like she was where she had wanted to be at that stage of life.

I’d like to say I sympathised with Siobhan but I kind of found her to be a little bit weak. She had made decisions for what she probably thought were the right reasons at the time, but not decisions that I personally agree with.

Callum is an egotistical idiot. That’s pretty much all I have to say about him.

Writing Style ✍🏽

This is the first Phoebe Morgan book that I have read and I am impressed with how she managed to keep me consistently at attention throughout the book. I didn’t feel like there were any “filler” chapters or detail for the sake of detail. I took in every single word, searching for clues as to how this story was going to unravel.

The book flits between the murder/abduction investigation and the night of the murder with each chapter edging closer and closer to the reveal. I really liked the way that the chapters covering the night of the murder gave us insight into what happened that night little by little.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

Although my strong suspicion of “whodunnit” was indeed correct, the book was by no means spoilt for me. Reading all of the details slot into place and piece together was really satisfying. There was no messing around with this book, it was relatively short, snappy and full of drama. I’ll for sure be adding more Phoebe Morgan to my TBR and would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystery thriller.




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