Book Review: The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan #TheBabysitter #TrueCrime #BookReview

The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer
by: Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan


This chilling true story and “harrowing account of the evil that can lurk around the edges of girlhood” (Carolyn Murnick, author of The Hot One) – reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me – follows a little girl longing for love who finds friendship with her charismatic babysitter, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced FD most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter – the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked – took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his “secret garden” in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind, understanding, and safe adults in her life. 

But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer.

Though Tony Costa’s gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later.

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2021 Favorites: Top Ten Books

Hey, bookish buds! Happy New Year to you all. 2021 was pretty crazy for me. Luckily, I did quite well on my reading challenges–completing a total of 113 books for my Goodread’s challenge after attempting to make just 60. Yes, some of these are middle-grade and children’s books, but I feel positive about my progress despite the challenges I’ve faced this year. I’ll do a separate post on the reading challenges, but here’s a quick list of the five-star books I read in 2021…

Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero

Amanda Kloots bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband, Broadway star and Tony-nominee Nick Cordero, whose public battle with Covid-19 and tragic death made headlines around the world.

In the early spring of 2020, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, Amanda Kloots, believed was a severe case of pneumonia. Entering Cedars-Sinai, there was no indication that Nick—a young man in the prime of life with no pre-existing conditions—would never return home. Diagnosed with Covid-19, this rising star—who only a few days earlier was the picture of health—soon deteriorated. Suffering a series of complications – minor heart attacks, an amputation, sepsis—he was kept alive for weeks, hooked to a ventilator, bypass machines, dialysis, and a specialized heart-lung bypass machine.

 Staying strong for Nick and their infant son, Elvis, Amanda shared their journey on social media, documenting Nick’s condition and the risks of Covid-19 for all ages. Her updates quickly made an impact, inspiring millions of followers around the globe who offered positive thoughts and virtual prayers, and danced each day to Nick’s hit song Live Your Life. When Nick passed away after 94 grueling days in the ICU, the world grieved for Amanda and her family’s devastating loss.

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May Wrap-up 2021 #Books #BookReviews #MayWrapUp #Music

Seriously, I can’t believe it’s June already! May went so fast for me. It wasn’t a super productive month as far as reading due to all the outdoor work and planting that needed to be done. We also had a wonderful reunion with a good friend of the family and his little daughter. We hadn’t seen them in over a year due to the pandemic. The kids were like in another world. I’ve also spent a little more time streaming and watching true crime videos on YouTube. That can take up a considerable amount of time if you let it.

So, now that all of our planting is complete, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get more reads in for June. I’ve also decided to slow down on my NetGalley reads because I’ve requested too many at once. Reading a handful of books with late publication dates always slows down posts for the blog because I just went back to requesting ARCs a few months ago. I’d like to keep my ARCs manageable so I don’t have too many deadlines. It stresses me out to have too many waiting, and right now I have five NG reads on my list.

So, let’s see how May turned out!

In May I only reviewed 4 books; one was for Shabby Sunday, but I did have a few other reviews on Goodreads for books that will post this week. I’ll include those for June, which will likely be a much more productive month.

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Among The Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Red Rover by Christopher Krovatin

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Late March/April Wrap-Up #Books #BookReviews #Music #ReadingChallenge

It’s hard to believe we’re coming into May! This month flew for me. Now that the weather is warming up and all the snow is gone, it’s been a pleasure to spend more time outside in nature. I’m feeling very positive about the upcoming growing season too.

I returned to blogging the second half of March. Because I missed that wrap-up, I’m going to combine everything I’ve posted since coming back. I’ve had a few good months and feel really good about being back here in the blogging community again, especially now that I’ve figured out the block editor. 🙂

Regular Book Reviews from March-April:

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