What would you do if your child went missing? While in the care of your best friend…
The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers
Ali and Christopher Tolfrey’s one year old daughter Eden is abducted whilst in the care of Ali’s best-friend.
Snatched in broad daylight from Bushy Park on a trip to the swings, Eden disappears without a trace.
Brooke Simmons, regains consciousness, dazed from a blow to the head, to find Eden, her bestfriends’ child is missing.
Someone has taken Eden and Brooke knows who.
But it’s a secret she can’t share with Ali or the Police without revealing the web of deceit she’s spun.
Can Brooke get Eden home before her lies come back to haunt her? Or is the net closing in on her?
Child abduction is not a new plot line in the world of fiction. Yet, The Babysitter has something different about it. I guess it’s because it doesn’t completely focus on the return of baby Eden. We also get an insight into the mind of the abductor, why they did it and how they are struggling with their morals. Ali and Christopher’s relationship also gets the once over. Instead of being one-dimensional, terrified parents, they are unleashed to us flaws and all, and I liked that. Ali is perhaps the least exciting character but it’s interesting to follow her journey as she grapples with what has happened.
There is one thing that’s getting me down about The Babysitter. The big twist. I’m sorry if this is a spoiler for some but something really throws the story and makes it unique, it just happens a bit too early on. Personally, I would have preferred to have been blind sighted a bit longer. Once this information is divulged, I was able to guess what happens a bit too easily.
Saying that, I still enjoyed The Babysitter. It was a quick read and kept me interested. Looking for more of the same? Get your copy of the book here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.