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*BLOG TOUR* The Second Wife – Sheryl Browne ★★★★

Blurb; She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca and Nicole swore to be best friends forever. But three years after they last met up, Rebecca receives a phone call from Nicole’s devoted husband, Richard. Nicole is dead, a tragic suicide. Drowned in a river close to her family home, Richard was the one who pulled her body from the water. Now he can’t even speak about what happened.

While Rebecca reels from the news, she reads her friend’s last letters to her and begins to wonder if she knew Nicole at all. What secrets was she keeping from all the people who knew and loved her?

As Rebecca gets closer and closer to Richard, things go too far and she begins to slip into Nicole’s old life – staying in her home, sleeping in her bed… But if she’s going to become the wife Nicole never was, can she keep herself safe?

My Review; This was such a good read. From the beginning I felt tense, on the edge of my seat and on high alert, not trusting any of the characters. The prologue made me feel that way… I was judging each character from the start.

The story is told through each of the characters and flicks from the past (a year ago) to the present but the author states this clearly so there is no confusion for the reader. Brilliantly written and contains short chapters.

I felt so sorry for Nicoles character and what she had experienced. Rebecca is a fab character, loved her taking on the role of detective to find out what really happened to Nicole. However, at times I thought she lost herself and got too into the point of what she was doing.

Richards character is the perfect man in all ways. Or is he? I felt Olivia was a little manipulating, jealous, spoilt and spiteful girl… hmm.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. Gripping. An unexpected OMG, jaw dropping outcome. Absolutely brilliant. Cleverly written. I enjoyed this one.. Very clever.

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crime · Detective · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Babysitter – Sheryl Browne ★★★★★

Blurb; You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

My Review; Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! What a rollercoaster of a ride that story was, bloody brilliant! The Babysitter has gone straight into my top twenty of 2018 already. Very impressed. Loved it. This story is jaw droppingly addictive, you won’t be able to put it down. Amazing.

The story is told through the main characters Jade, Mark and Melissa. Now I must admit the award for the most evil, twisted character of 2018 so far has to go to Jade. I absolutely hated this character from the get go, she had my blood boiling! But I must also admit she is a very clever and crafty character too. I felt sorry for both Mark and especially Melissa throughout! But the ending… Well you can find out about that for yourself!

The Babysitter highlights the importance and significance of bereavement, loss, mental health and abuse which may be a hard read for some readers but what I also suspect must have been hard to write too.

I would highly recommend you all go pre-order/buy The Babysitter now, one of the many thrillers of the year that you will not want to miss. A well deserved five stars from me. Brilliantly written. It had me hooked, gripped and my heart pounding throughout. I think The Babysitter would make a brilliant film too! If you enjoyed Girl On a Train and Gone Girl then this story is for you!

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