The Babysitter by Phoebe Morgan – review.


Who knew her secret? And what happened that night?

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?

The thrilling new book from the number one digital bestselling author of The Doll House and The Girl Next Door.

About the author

Phoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits commercial fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her blog about publishing and writing at The Doll House is her debut novel. It became a #1 iBooks bestseller and spent over 8 weeks in the Kindle top 100. Her second book, The Girl Next Door, published in February 2019 and reached #5 in the Bookseller Heatseekers chart. Her third book, The Babysitter, published in May 2020 with HQ (HarperCollins). Phoebe has also contributed short stories to Afraid of the Light, a 2020 crime writing anthology with proceeds going to the Samaritans, and Noir from the Bar, a crime collection with proceeds going to the NHS. Her novels have been translated into nine languages, including French, Italian, and Croatian. They are also on sale in the US and Canada.

My thoughts

‘The Babysitter’ is a brilliant mystery! I loved this book from start to end. The way it was written in short, snappy chapters made for a fast read. How can you not race through a book where there is a missing baby and a murderer on the loose?

I love a psychological/crime thriller and this one gave me plenty to be gripped by. Written in first person from several perspectives, I felt this gave a real insight into the main characters. I felt so sorry for Siobhan and Caroline who’d both been played somewhat terrible by Siobhan’s husband, Callum. He was suitably bad. Big ego, works in TV and grr, so much to dislike about him which shows how brilliantly his character was written.

The extended cast of characters, Siobhan’s sister, the detective and the daughter, really gave depth to the whole mystery. Just enough was revealed at exactly the right time.

This book begins with a bang and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. If you too love a nail biting mystery then don’t miss out on reading this book. Thoroughly recommended. Fan-bloody-tastic!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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