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It was the perfect summer job—until it turned into her worst nightmare.
Bridgett is enjoying an idyllic summer as the nanny for Leo, the son of a famous Seattle couple. Not only is she generously compensated to care for Leo at the couple’s Seattle waterfront estate, but she also develops a close bond with the boy.
When a masked intruder breaks into the home and takes Leo hostage, Bridgett will do anything to save the boy’s life. She soon discovers that her and Leo’s lives aren’t the only ones at stake when she learns the masked madman is not just a burglar—but a killer.
Will Bridgett be able to meet his demands and save the boy’s life?
It’s the Fourth of July. Detectives Blake Stephenson and Tess Richards are celebrating at a private charity event at the Space Needle where Tess is being honored for her volunteer work. Their evening is cut short when Tess’s younger brother, Chris, fails to show up for the event. His mysterious absence leads to more questions than answers. They leave the party early, hoping to learn the reason behind Chris’s puzzling disappearance…
Get ready for chills and thrills in this Emerald City Thriller Novella!
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There was nowhere to hide. The footsteps had almost reached the doorway to the kitchen. Bridgett reached for the handle of a large cast-iron pan. In her panic to pull it down, the pan caught on the edge of the metal hook that suspended it.
The footsteps rounded the doorway behind her. She let go of the handle and dove to the floor. The pan swung like a clock pendulum and clamored against the other hanging pots and pans.
Bridgett crawled behind the kitchen island. She scanned the dining and living room for a better hiding spot. She heard the killer's boots enter the kitchen. Seeing no better option, she scurried on all fours to the dining room and tucked under the dining table.
She tried to quiet her breathing as she looked toward the kitchen. The killer stood behind the island. He reached his gloved hand in the air to still the pan that was clanging against the other pots. He didn't appear to see her under the table. He turned around as if he'd heard a noise behind him.
Bridgett watched him walk straight toward the pantry door and pull it open. Seeing it was empty, he turned and marched past the kitchen island toward the living room.
It wouldn't take long for him to find her. There weren't many places to hide.
She could only see him now from the waist down. The blade in his left hand looked even bigger up close. She focused on his boots. They moved in the direction of the dining room. Bridgett's heart beat so hard against her chest she was afraid the killer would hear it. His feet stopped when he'd halfway closed the distance between them. Bridgett watched them turn away from her, and she knew it was now or never.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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A brilliant read. Although short, The Summer Nanny is full of detail, tension and suspense. I was gripped all the way through, a real page turner.
Bridgette has her world thrown into chaos in more ways than one and I'm impressed by how well she handles it, I'm not sure I'd be that good.
I went through the pages holding my breath, being creeped out and being gutted for the loss involved. Plus I was surprised by how much the human body can deal with.
The ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger but there's definitely a few questions that need answering/details that need filling in.
A decent adult read that gets under your skin!
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. After living in Australia for the last five years, Audrey has returned to the Pacific Northwest where she resides with her husband and two children.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-J.-Cole/e/B071GFZMLT
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