On the hottest day of the year, Caroline Harvey is found dead in Suffolk. Her body is left draped over a cot – but the baby she was looking after is missing.
Hundreds of miles away, Siobhan Dillon is on a luxurious family holiday in France when her husband, Callum, is arrested by French police on suspicion of murder.
As Siobhan’s perfect family is torn apart by the media in the nation’s frantic search for the missing baby, she desperately tries to piece together how Callum knew Caroline.
What happened that night? Was Caroline as innocent as she seemed – or was she hiding a secret of her own?
Blog tour review day! Thanks so much HQ for having me on the tour and providing me with a widget to access this scorching thriller in preparation. The Babysitter is the third novel from Phoebe Morgan, the third novel of hers I’ve devoured and sacrificed sleep for – it’s one that should be on your TBR! Published on the 28th of May (happy belated publication day!) it is not available for you to get your hands on in a variety of formats here!
So, I have been a fan of every Phoebe Morgan novel, she’s one of the authors that I have read from debut (The Doll House) and with every single thriller, she absolutely hit it out of the park. That is 100% true for The Babysitter, it’s a superb book recipe with ingredients including domestic life, a French backdrop and secrets that bubble to the surface. This thriller is going to be one of this Summers scorchers!
Our main protagonist is Siobhan who has taken her husband and daughter to visit her sister in France, I feel this is an attempt to cover up the domestic disappear she has begun to feel due to the hairline cracks weaving through her marriage and a daughter who has begun to become both emotionally and mentally disconnected. What could be better than a family holiday…. oh yeah her husband is then arrested for the suspicion of murder. Not the best way to reconnect with your nearest and dearest. Siobhan isn’t the only narrative that echoes through the pages of The Babysitter, we also get point of view chapters from Caroline, the murder victim, as well as excerpts of police interviews. The layout, punchy taut chapters and characterisations present just add so much delicious complexity and thrill to the overall storyline.
From chapter one, Phoebe devises a literary trap for the reader, enticing them into a web of lies, deceit and betrayal. With the classic use of multi-narration and dual timelines, Phoebe has created a taut psychological thriller that will have you hooked and reeled in. She is a superb storyteller! The Babysitter is a clever psychological thriller with the most moreish of chapters!
Thanks again to HQ Stories for my place on the blog tour!
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Until next time,