This is an ok mystery/thriller centered around a family and their babysitter. The mother, Sarah, is wound tight and doesn’t trust easily. Her husband hires 22 year old Holly, the daughter of one of his club friends, to babysit their 6 year old son. Initially things go well, but Sarah’s suspicions start to build until she eventually learns something about Holly she can’t overlook. The family moves across the country to start over, but Sarah finds hidden cameras in their rented house and then starts to receive ominous texts from someone, possibly Holly. As the mysteries mount up, Sarah is determined to get to the bottom of it all.
Sarah is the main character of this book, with everyone else as supporting players. Sarah is one of those nervous people that is uncertain about everything and has a constant inner dialogue going on in her head. I didn’t care for this aspect of the book as I can only take so much of that kind of stuff. So, for me, it made it a tough book for me to read. Holly’s back story is also a bit weird. I won’t go into detail about it to avoid spoilers, but it just sounded a bit out there for me. But, I don’t have a problem suspending belief while reading a book, so I just went with it. Sarah’s husband Daniel is an absentee husband working all the time and he isn’t supportive of Sarah, although he does try occasionally. He had some shady stuff going on and the author spent a lot of time building to the reveal of his secret, but it was a bit of a let down.
Overall this is a good book that will entertain the reader. The writing is good and the story flows well, I just think there were a few missed opportunities that could have made it better.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada. All opinions are my own.