The Babysitter - Gemma Rogers


5 STARS!!!


It’s every mother’s worst nightmare…All NEW from 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?

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 Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Her debut novel Stalker was published in September 2019 and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and bulldog, Buster.

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Holy cow, this was an "edge-of-your-seat" book if I ever read one! This story was very well crafted. It was terrifying in the way that this could actually happen in real life, and probably has. I would have to not recommend this to my daughter. She would never leave her kids with a babysitter ever again.

When my daughter was a baby, this was my biggest fear - having her abducted. So much so that I sometimes would take my pillow and sleep on her bedroom floor next to the crib. I think this is every parents worst nightmare. 

This is told in three different points of view, Ali - the mom, Brooke - the babysitter, and Jimmy - the abductor (also Brooke's ex!). I love when books do this if its done right and it is expertly done in this one!

Excellent character development - except I didn't really like anyone! LOL but I really think you are not supposed to. This book is more about the situation, which is intense, not so much about the characters. It just works! One thing I really loved is how the reality of taking care of a baby really hits Jimmy. It's not as easy as he thought. And baby Eden really gives it to him. This part was actually quite humorous. 

This author has a handful of other books that I will be checking out. This was a great one from this new to me author. I read the whole thing in almost one day! Couldn't put it down.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


  1. Isn't it funny how you can love a book and not like anybody in it. I felt that way about some of Elin Hildebrand. Thanks for sharing

  2. Yes I’ve had that happen quite a few times actually. Where I have absolutely loved the book and hated all the characters lol.