3.75 shiny stars🌟🌟🌟.75
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?
The hand that rocks the cradle…. is the hand that rules the world…..
This book reminded me of the 1992 movie” The Hand That Rocks the cradle”…On a personal note I happened to name my daughter after the antagonist in that movie… and Lucky for me my daughter hasn’t turned into a crazy nanny… well not yet at least….
Jade is the perfect babysitter coming into Mark and Melissa‘s life just when she is needed the most…. but the reader finds out real quick that Jade is absolutely not what she seems to be…. she is not the perfect babysitter, she is the perfect nightmare…. this book is told from multiple points of view including Mark, Melissa, and Jade, so we know right away who the antagonist is….. what we don’t know is exactly what her motivation is,what we do know is her end game and that she is quite resourceful and delusional….
Now for me this book would have been a lot better if Jade were better developed…. we got the idea that she was crazy, but I like to like the crazy people in my books…… maybe this makes me a little crazy, but Jade really had no likable qualities and was a little flat….. then we have Mark and Mellisa who have fought super hard to have kids and they’re willing to have Jade become a live-in babysitter without any background check…. not to mention the fact that things start going completely sideways after she enters their life, and Mark a police officer doesn’t clue in….. I know we were privy to Jade’s actions, but still I found that a little hard to believe….
The absolute brightest part of this book was seven-year-old Poppy she was so adorable…. Poppy also was very well-developed, I just had such a smile on my face anytime she engaged in dialogue….. if every character in this book was as well developed as Poppy this would have been a five star read….
Although we knew straightaway who the antagonist was and what her end game was…. there was a bit of a twist that I didn’t see coming at the end and to be completely honest the very end of this book I am still not sure about, that very last paragraph?
This book was good, but in a market saturated with psychological thrillers, it’s somewhere in the middle….
*** Thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book. ***