For the bulk of Liza’s childhood, she raised herself. Her mother was abusive to only her and lavished all her attention on her younger sister. The girls had much more freedom than most children their age. Enter Tony, the son of one of the women who cleaned the motel. Tony was the cool guy and always had a flock of teenagers around him. Fast forward several decades later, and Liza learns that the guy she spent her summers with, the one who took her and her sister everywhere, was a serial killer. Told in alternating viewpoints of Liza and Tony, we get a complete picture.
The research that went into writing this was evident from the start. My heart hurt for Liza in her youth. It surprising she still talked with her mother because of the level of abuse she suffered growing up. It’s not surprising that the girls spent so much time with Tony because as long as there was someone to watch the girls, she didn’t much care who it was. For me, the story got repetitive at times with the daily routines of the girls. Aside from that, this is a well-written and engaging read. It’s incredibly chilling and hooks you from the start. Thank you, Atria Books, for sending this along.
The Babysitter is available on Amazon for $14.99.