Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Babysitter by Nancy Bush

The whispers may scare you . . .
In River Glen, Oregon, rumors are spreading about the Babysitter Stalker. One victim was fatally stabbed. A second fell—or was pushed—from a rooftop deck. High school sophomore Jamie Whelon, scheduled to watch the Ryerson twins tonight, isn’t worried. She’s more interested in the party she’ll go to later, as soon as her sister Emma arrives to take over babysitting duties. But nothing goes according to plan . . .
But the truth . . .
Twenty years after that night’s vicious attack, Emma remains scarred in body and mind. Jamie, back in River Glen after their mother’s death, still feels guilty over trading places that fateful evening. Then suddenly another young babysitter is attacked. Jamie, with a teenage daughter of her own, fears something much more twisted than coincidence.
Is even more terrifying . . .
Is this new nightmare connected with those long-ago crimes? Emma’s fractured memories may contain the answer. But the deeper Jamie digs, the darker the secrets waiting to be
uncovered—and avenged . . .

TITLE: The Babysitter
AUTHOR: Nancy Bush
GENRE: Thriller
PUBLISHER: Kensington Books
PUBLISH DATE: June 30, 2020
PAGES: 464

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Babysitter by Nancy Bush is a book I knew I had to read because every scary movie featuring babysitters makes my heart pound and my palms sweat, all while I’m yelling, get out of the house! There’s nothing quite scarier than a babysitter alone when the phone rings and a creepy voice asks if the children are safe, right? Ms. Bush did not disappoint me! She brought the sweaty palms, the pounding heart and a seriously creepy atmosphere.

Emma was attacked 18 years ago while doing a favor for her little sister Jamie, babysitting the Ryerson Twins. At the time, there was a series of ‘Babysitter’ murders happening but it was far enough away that it didn’t cause much concern for the Whelan sisters. Jump to the present, a guilt-ridden Jamie is called home when her mother suddenly passes. Jamie and her daughter, Harley, drive cross-country to her childhood home to find that Emma is still mentally scarred from the long-ago attack but there are glimpses of memory that come and go. And then, the killings begin again ….

“Jamie had a vision of Emma yelling, ‘Its his eyes … his eyes!’ and inwardly shuddered.”
(For the record, so did I)

The Babysitter is beautifully polished and well-crafted, twisty and plot driven with thrills in all the right places. I love a good suspenseful read and when the characters are emotive and realistic, I enjoy it so much more! I love to root for characters I can empathize with and Jamie, in particular, is a main character that made this easy. Any fan of suspense, thrillers, or mystery will eat this up.

Thank you to Kensington Books, Nancy Bush, and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.

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