Watch Out For Her by Samantha Bailey, 3 Stars

Sarah Goldman, mother to six-year-old Jacob, is relieved to move across the country. She has a lot she wants to leave behind, especially Holly Monroe, the pretty twenty-two-year-old babysitter she and her husband, Daniel, hired to take care of their young son last summer. It started out as a perfect arrangement—Sarah had a childminder her son adored, and Holly found the mother figure she’d always wanted. But Sarah’s never been one to trust very easily, so she kept a close eye on Holly, maybe too close at times. What she saw raised some questions, not only about who Holly really was but what she was hiding. The more Sarah watched, the more she learned—until one day, she saw something she couldn’t unsee, something so shocking that all she could do was flee.

Sarah has put it all behind her and is starting over in a different city with her husband and son. They’ve settled into a friendly suburb where the neighbors, a tight clique of good citizens, are always on the lookout for danger. But when Sarah finds hidden cameras in her new home, she has to wonder: Has her past caught up to her, and worse yet, who’s watching her now?

A spine-tingling, page-turning novel from USA TODAY and #1 national bestselling author Samantha M. Bailey, Watch Out for Her is psychological suspense at its very best—a chilling look at trust, voyeurism, and obsession in the modern age, and how far we will go to watch out for those we love.

Advanced Praise for Watch Out For Her:

“Yet again, one of our most beloved thriller writers brings us a story with the heart of a family drama and the pulse of an edge-of-your-seat spine-chiller. Filled with foreboding from the very first page, this one will keep you up all night—and have you checking the locks!”
— MARISSA STAPLEYNew York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky

“Shows that Bailey is no one-book-wonder. It’s as tightly plotted and skillfully written as her first, with a great backstory to carry it off. . . . Bailey builds the suspense here with excellent pacing and clues that drop at exactly the right time. This is a great book to take on that summer holiday or the cottage weekend when all you have to do is chill, eat, and read.”
— The Globe and Mail

“Bailey is a strong writer who keeps the reader turning pages . . . A cautionary tale about the fine line between diligence and obsession and the dangers of doing the wrong things for what we believe are the right reasons.”
— Toronto Star

“A cleverly written, twisty, and brilliantly creepy thriller. With compelling characters intertwined with obsession, lies, simmering menace, and secrets at its heart, this is a page-turner which drew me in and kept me hooked. A real must-read!”
— KAREN HAMILTON, internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend

“A tense and claustrophobic thriller in which Bailey makes you question whether the heart of a family is a place of safety or danger. Paranoia, obsession, and secrets ensure a twisty read.”
— GILLY MACMILLANNew York Times bestselling author of What She Knew 

“Creepy, surprising, and relentlessly tense, Watch Out for Her is so much more than a thriller; it’s an unflinching exploration of the roles we allow women to fill. With dark secrets and cliffhangers galore, this thrill ride will keep you up long past your bedtime. I couldn’t put it down.”
— ANDREA BARTZNew York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick We Were Never Here

My Review:

Watch Out For Her had a very compelling start. Holly is a poor little rich girl. And I say that somewhat tongue in cheek, but she really hasn’t had it easy. It’s one of those situations where the parents have so much money that they basically hire out for everything and pay little actual emotional attention to their children. Add to that the fact that she was raised by her father and a (wicked) stepmom, she has issues.

So when she is kicked out of her father’s house for stealing from her stepmom, she sees it as an opportunity to be a part of a caring family, something she has never experienced. She recently started babysitting for a local family and basically positions herself to move in with them as a live-in nanny.

But it’s not as innocent as it sounds. There’s lies and decent, there’s blackmail, and in the end, the family flees across the country to escape her. Why? Well, you’ll just have to read it! Thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now.

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