In “The Babysitter” by Phoebe Morgan, Caroline Harvey is found dead in her flat, slumped over an empty travel cot with no sign of the baby she was babysitting. Meanwhile, in France, Siobhan Dillon is settling down for a relaxing family holiday at her sister’s luxurious villa when the police arrive at the door to arrest her husband, Callum, in connection with the death of Caroline. This leads to many questions. How did Callum know Caroline? Did he kill her? If he didn’t who did? Where is the baby? And what happened in Caroline’s flat on that fateful night?
“The Babysitter” is a gripping, domestic thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. Set partly in a French villa and during a particularly hot August, along with its fast pace, “The Babysitter” makes a perfect beach read. The story is told from the perspective of Caroline and Siobhan, through which we see the build-up to the murder and its aftermath. The interweaving of the past and the present, along with the tweets and police interviews, created a perfect build-up to the big reveal. Every chapter ended with a cliffhanger and left me wanting more. I was hooked. All the characters had their secrets and motives which left me suspicious of all of them. As I was reading, I was constantly second-guessing myself and I definitely wasn’t expecting the twist at the end.
However, I was able to predict who the murderer was, although not in the exact context. This didn’t bother me but it might bother others. Although, if you are new to crime fiction and thrillers, the murderer might not be so predictable.
Seasoned readers of crime fiction and thrillers will love “The Babysitter”, as long as you don’t mind predicting who the killer is. Those wanting to test the waters of crime fiction and thrillers will love it as well, due to its fast pace and fantastic plot. I absolutely loved “The Babysitter” and look forward to reading Phoebe Morgan’s other books. What are your thoughts on “The Babysitter”? Let me know in the comments.
Trigger Warning: Abortion, Child Abduction and Murder