This book was everything it promised me and something more, which it never warned me about. The book said it would be a fast-paced, gripping, roller coaster ride and I agree. It took me on a bumpy ride which I am still recovering from. And it promised me a psychological thriller, but gave me a psychopathic killer.
The book had so many twists and turns that I couldn’t help but read wide-eyed. I never saw them coming because the book did not go where I thought it would go. It took me on a long, dark, winded journey with two women, Maggie and Holly fighting for their lives and the lives of their children. A hooded man, the Babysitter, kidnaps a child and forces the mother to kill another mother to get back her child, and he could keep this cycle of vicious murders going on for a long time till he met mothers like Maggie and Holly.
Starting from the first chapter itself, the book clocks a rapid thrilling, heart bursting pace when Holly is sent to kill Maggie to get back her child, Abigail. From here on, the entire book is a fight for survival. Initial the ladies are fighting each other for their children and then they team up, and the Babysitter takes them on a merry trail along the dark roads in heavy snow.
I liked how the author, Richard Parker, could keep me engrossed into the story, the characters were so different from the usual ones that I couldn’t stop looking at them. There are a few characters which these ladies come across on their journey, but each one is grosser than the next. I could barely deal with the idea of such a human being when the story moved on to the next.
It is a wonder what mothers do to protect their kids and Richard has written this fact in a brutal, bloody way. The mothers survive bullet wounds, knife wounds, vicious dog bites, and psychopathic killers and their games. Each moment is ramped up in the story.
At the end of this book journey, I am battered and bruised, I am bewildered and doggone tired at the games the Babysitter played on the two women. Some of them were long drawn out, and I never understood his reasons fully.
But then who can understand the mind of a psychopathic killer, except maybe Richard Parker….
This was my first book by him, and if he writes books like this, I would be reading the book during day light hours and sleeping with lights on through the night.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Richard Jay Parker enjoyed a successful career as a TV scriptwriter, script editor and producer. STOP ME was his fiendishly dark, debut thriller novel. Followed by SCARE ME, STALK ME, HIDE AND SEEK, FOLLOW YOU.
Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come…
Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?
Publication date : January 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A wicked, savage thriller which kills