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From the minute that Jenny accepts the Hagen baby-sitting job, she knows she has made a terrible mistake. First there is the dark and gloomy Hagen house, filling her with dread and horror. Then the crank phone calls start. When she finds a threatening note in her bag, she realizes that this isn't a harmless game.


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From the minute that Jenny accepts the Hagen baby-sitting job, she knows she has made a terrible mistake. First there is the dark and gloomy Hagen house, filling her with dread and horror. Then the crank phone calls start. When she finds a threatening note in her bag, she realizes that this isn't a harmless game.

30 review for The Baby-Sitter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I recently found out that a whole bunch of old YA books from the 80s and 90s are available for free on Kindle Unlimited. Since I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, I thought, "Why not revisit some of these old gems and review them as an adult?" R.L. Stine is basically the Stephen King of the grade school set. For kids, he wrote about monsters. For teens, he wrote all kinds of thrillers involving murder. THE BABYSITTER is one of the boo Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I recently found out that a whole bunch of old YA books from the 80s and 90s are available for free on Kindle Unlimited. Since I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, I thought, "Why not revisit some of these old gems and review them as an adult?" R.L. Stine is basically the Stephen King of the grade school set. For kids, he wrote about monsters. For teens, he wrote all kinds of thrillers involving murder. THE BABYSITTER is one of the books he did for Scholastic's Point Horror line. It's about a girl named Jenny who gets hired to be a babysitter for an adorable little boy named Donny. But soon she starts getting creepy notes and phone calls from a man who calls her "Babes" and tells her "company's coming." Who is this stranger? And what do they want? Unfortunately, this book wasn't very fun for me because I knew who the bad guy was from the literal beginning. I think I might have actually read this before, but I didn't actually remember this book until a line at the end that made me go, "Oh-- wait." I think part of the problem is that there really aren't that many characters in this book, so the red herring doesn't work. Also, the formatting for this book isn't great. Paragraphs bleed out across multiple lines. There are many typos. Donny's name becomes "Denny" at one point. Oops. It's like when you write your final paper the night before it's due and you're hungover and then you wake up the next morning and realize you did an utterly crap job and also your spacing is all off. That's what this editing is like. R.L. Stine churned these out like machinery so he's much more hit or miss than some of the authors who seemed to put more time in their work. He wrote some really good books, but he also wrote a lot of really terrible ones. Sadly, this is one of the latter and I'm not impressed. P.S. "Jenny Jeffers" might be one of the whitest names I've ever heard. 1.5 to 2 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Cool reading! HAZARDOUS JOBS! It wasn't what I was expecting, since I thought that it would be a slasher story, and instead it resulted in a mystery tale... ...but that wasn't something bad at all! I thought that it would something like the movie, When a Stranger Calls, and since it was my first book of the Point Horror line, I wasn't sure if this one would be bloodier than Goosebumps, but since the book was by R.L. Stine, I think that it was just what I should expect... ...clever, with good Cool reading! HAZARDOUS JOBS! It wasn't what I was expecting, since I thought that it would be a slasher story, and instead it resulted in a mystery tale... ...but that wasn't something bad at all! I thought that it would something like the movie, When a Stranger Calls, and since it was my first book of the Point Horror line, I wasn't sure if this one would be bloodier than Goosebumps, but since the book was by R.L. Stine, I think that it was just what I should expect... ...clever, with good ambiance and one heck of entertaining! Sometimes, readers are unfair with books (or a book series) since some of them have a clear style, and it you take this book expecting to be something like It or The Shinning, and later they gave it a negative rating, well, I think that it's unfair, since maybe the book isn't that bad, it was just that they picked the wrong book for their particular interest on reading in that moment. For me, this was a very good reading, since I was looking for something quick to read and with good narrative... ...and kept me guessing who was the villain, and even fooled me! So, it was just what I was looking for, even if it wasn't exactly what I thought first. So, if you decide to take such hazardous job like baby-sitting (at least, you can bet that in a novel, TV series or movie, it won't be a simple work!), follow the rules... ...lock the doors. ...don't invite friends over (even less boy/girl/friends!) ...don't answer the phone!!! Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    Jenny finds Donny Hagen about to fall in the water fountain at the mall. Mom & Dad no where in sight. When they do finally find Donny & Jenny hanging out, they offer her a babysitting job. No questions ask. Also, babysitters have been getting attacked. But Jenny takes the job. Almost immediately she starts getting threatening calls, encounters a weird neighbor and spaced out like you would never believe. There’s no way I’d trust spacey Jenny to watch a child. She only makes 1 smart decision in t Jenny finds Donny Hagen about to fall in the water fountain at the mall. Mom & Dad no where in sight. When they do finally find Donny & Jenny hanging out, they offer her a babysitting job. No questions ask. Also, babysitters have been getting attacked. But Jenny takes the job. Almost immediately she starts getting threatening calls, encounters a weird neighbor and spaced out like you would never believe. There’s no way I’d trust spacey Jenny to watch a child. She only makes 1 smart decision in the whole book. She annoyed so much that’s why I gave this only 2 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Jenny starts her new job babysitting Donny, but with a Babysitter attacker being reported in the news it makes her even more nervous on her first day. Stine really has fun with the jump scares here, most of the cliffhangers are weakly resolved - but that’s the fun part with these books. All the classic tropes are used with creepy anonymous phone calls, a cat jumping out at Jenny and the obnoxious young boy. I really enjoyed revisiting this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    1.75 Jenny was very annoying and I wouldn't trust her to watch a kid. Constantly imaging things that aren't there and panicking at every little thing. She also made no sense, like sure, let's make out with the guy we think is stalking us. That makes perfect sense! I liked Chuck (after awhile anyway at first he was obnoxious and couldn't understand when to quit), he was kind of adorable being shy and a class clown to cover up the shy-ness. The thing with Willers at the end also kind of bugged me b 1.75 Jenny was very annoying and I wouldn't trust her to watch a kid. Constantly imaging things that aren't there and panicking at every little thing. She also made no sense, like sure, let's make out with the guy we think is stalking us. That makes perfect sense! I liked Chuck (after awhile anyway at first he was obnoxious and couldn't understand when to quit), he was kind of adorable being shy and a class clown to cover up the shy-ness. The thing with Willers at the end also kind of bugged me but I can't say why for spoilers. And it was very predictable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sanara♥

    1.75/5 stars. I did not like the female lead at all. She just panics for every single thing, even before she gets the creepy phone calls. Also who in this world kisses someone who they think is stalking and trying to scare them?? O.o Makes no sense. The story is messy and overall not realistic, but still it was bearable since it's a quick read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I found the books in this mini-series for cheap at Half Price and decided to read them now that I have all of them. This was just an 'ok' R.L. Stine book. It was creepy, but nowhere near the best I've read. I actually liked the cast of characters. Jenny was a fun main character and I liked how she was always so paranoid about things going on. It reminded me of myself, since I have an overactive imagination. The little boy Donny that she babysat was meh. He got on my nerves a bit and made me reme I found the books in this mini-series for cheap at Half Price and decided to read them now that I have all of them. This was just an 'ok' R.L. Stine book. It was creepy, but nowhere near the best I've read. I actually liked the cast of characters. Jenny was a fun main character and I liked how she was always so paranoid about things going on. It reminded me of myself, since I have an overactive imagination. The little boy Donny that she babysat was meh. He got on my nerves a bit and made me remember why I never wanted to watch other people's kids. I had a love-hate relationship with Chuck. At times, he was cute and I felt bad that Jenny was being mean and rejecting him. Then, there were times where I wanted to punch him in the face for being obnoxious and I didn't blame Jenny for getting irritated at him. The buildup of suspense with the creepy phonecalls and stuff was really good, but the ending was what killed it for me. I just didn't like it much and I felt kind of let down. I wish that there would have been more of an explanation about (view spoiler)[The Hagans backstory, what exactly happened to their baby (hide spoiler)] . I finished reading the last page, and I was like, 'Really? That's it?'. I also couldn't believe that (view spoiler)[Mrs. Hagan knew her husband was unstable and beat their last babysitter to a bloody pulp, yet she still thinks it's ok for him to be driving Jenny home (hide spoiler)] .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    This has got to be the most famous of the Point Horror titles, and I'm amazed it hasn't been made into a movie yet. Come on, at least even a made-for-TV movie! Stine creates a likable lead in Jenny Jeffers, who starts a babysitting job around the same time as babysitters are being attacked. A lot of the scares Jenny creates for herself, as she has an overactive imagination. But there is a strange neighbour creeping around, and she is receiving scary phone calls (which are really quite sinister). This has got to be the most famous of the Point Horror titles, and I'm amazed it hasn't been made into a movie yet. Come on, at least even a made-for-TV movie! Stine creates a likable lead in Jenny Jeffers, who starts a babysitting job around the same time as babysitters are being attacked. A lot of the scares Jenny creates for herself, as she has an overactive imagination. But there is a strange neighbour creeping around, and she is receiving scary phone calls (which are really quite sinister). Stine doesn't waste any words on unnecessary extraneous details as the suspense builds slowly but surely to a tense climax, making this still today one of the best YA psychological thrillers out there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    1.5 stars, upped to 2 for a couple of creepy moments. This chick was the worst babysitter ever. There's no way she'd get a job looking after my kids, or anything of mine actually. And if my kid behaved the way this little 'adorable angel' does, he'd be going to bed with a sore bum! Too many plot inconsistencies and unrealistic decisions by the characters. far from being his best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    It's been over 20 years since I read this. It was a nice blast from the past re reading it, the tension building was as good as I remember. I think this might encourage me to revisit more books it the point horror series. The amount of errors in the text on the kindle version made for a frustrating read though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I used to love these books and I was so excited to find this at a used book store and take a walk down memory lane. Unfortunately, all I could think was "who in the world can afford a babysitter twice a week?"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    As a reader of a lot of bad Mystery Thrillers writers should take notes from author R. L. Stine. 3 Well Done Stars. Listened with TTS. 100% Clean.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nessell Axtell

    The Babysitter, is about a young babysitter who discovers she is the next victim of a notorious babysitter attacker. The ending will shock you and leave you afraid to stay alone  It was a great book, so good I just couldn't put it down and wanting to know what happens next! I would definitely recommend it to girls that are a fan of thriller books. This book gets a bit scary at the end; impossible to guess, I wasn’t expecting it! If you read this book you might want to read The Babysitter 2 and The Babysitter, is about a young babysitter who discovers she is the next victim of a notorious babysitter attacker. The ending will shock you and leave you afraid to stay alone  It was a great book, so good I just couldn't put it down and wanting to know what happens next! I would definitely recommend it to girls that are a fan of thriller books. This book gets a bit scary at the end; impossible to guess, I wasn’t expecting it! If you read this book you might want to read The Babysitter 2 and The Babysitter3.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I remember reading The Baby-Sitter in middle school; it's a chilling mystery thriller for teen readers. Unfortunately it's an easily predictable book, the characters are so generic that it's got a fake feeling to it and I knew right away who Jenny's "stalker" was. It's still a classic though, nostalgic and creepy, and it's good to see that it's still available to future generations of readers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    It's the O.G. R.L.! Just re-read this for Episode 9 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream It's the O.G. R.L.! Just re-read this for Episode 9 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    i could not put this book down. from begining to end it kept me hooked. i couldnt wait to see what would happen to the main characters. its as if their fears were my fears!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    3/5 Good short horror :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book The Babysitter was a pretty good book, overall. I was a big fan of the classic premise—recent attack on babysitters... OMG is Jenny next?!—and mystery of it all. I was also imagining Jenny babysitting on Fear Street, because that would just be the perfect setting for this! But alas, this is not a Fear Street book. I loved Jenny and her super overactive imagination! It was just so fun to be inside her head and see how her mind worked as she came up with all these ins Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book The Babysitter was a pretty good book, overall. I was a big fan of the classic premise—recent attack on babysitters... OMG is Jenny next?!—and mystery of it all. I was also imagining Jenny babysitting on Fear Street, because that would just be the perfect setting for this! But alas, this is not a Fear Street book. I loved Jenny and her super overactive imagination! It was just so fun to be inside her head and see how her mind worked as she came up with all these insane scenarios. For example, before her first night of babysitting, she was freaking out a bit because she didn’t know the family. I mean, what if the kid was a monster, what if the parents are weird, what if the family is in some secret cult and when Jenny finds out they lock her up in the basement for the rest of her life so she can’t tell anyone?! What if the house is haunted by a ghost girl trapped in the attic and Jenny accidentally sets her free then the ghost inhabits her body and is never the same again?! Seriously, these were the things going through her head and I totally loved it! And then we have Chuck, who is relatively new in town, and a potential love interest for Jenny. Initially, I actually liked him because he was just really funny and an overall fun guy. But then he pulled an awful prank on Jenny that was totally NOT funny! What a jerk! But overall, I really enjoyed the read! It had a really creepy atmosphere and tons a tension with the creepy calls and threats. As for the mystery behind these threats, well, I had an idea, but the reveal still got me. This character was super weird to begin with, but damn, I didn’t know how off the rails this person was! It has an insane ending but I just don’t know how Jenny didn’t see it sooner! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, because apparently, these horrible babysitting experiences aren’t over for Jenny just yet. Poor Jenny...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zi Lin Li

    Scared to Death The Babysitter Scholastic, 1989, pg 167, $5.99 R.L. Stine ISBN: 0439992494 Ever have you imagine being a babysitter could change your life? Not all babysitters are happy about their job. Jenny, a normal high school student, was accepted to a babysitting job. Jenny thought that babysitting was not hard, but she was wrong. It changed her life. The Babysitter, the name of this book, is written by R. L. Stine. R. L. Stine is one of the famous writers that wrote Goose Scared to Death The Babysitter Scholastic, 1989, pg 167, $5.99 R.L. Stine ISBN: 0439992494 Ever have you imagine being a babysitter could change your life? Not all babysitters are happy about their job. Jenny, a normal high school student, was accepted to a babysitting job. Jenny thought that babysitting was not hard, but she was wrong. It changed her life. The Babysitter, the name of this book, is written by R. L. Stine. R. L. Stine is one of the famous writers that wrote Goosebumps. His writing contains lots of scary events and characters. On Jenny’s first day of babysitting Danny, she receives lots of weird phone calls that were scary. She felt scared and she wanted to know who is all behind this prank. Day after day of babysitting, Jenny kept on receiving the strange phone calls again and again. Will this mysterious person show it’s true identity to Jenny or scares her to death? Jenny is a courageous person. Even though the phone calls are still hunting her, Jenny shows her courage that she wants to keep her babysitting job and find that person who is behind all of it. When I read this book, I couldn't keep on eyes off it. It was so interesting that I finish reading the whole book during one day. It was amazing and the suspense was wonderful. I recommend this book to teenagers that are 12 and older and also someone that likes mysteries and suspense. Read this book and I bet you that you won’t be able to put the book down afterwards.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Teenager Jenny Jeffers has just found herself a new job, a twice-a-week evening gig sitting for the Hagans after a chance encounter at the local mall. It's just what she needs: autumn's arrived, the weather's turning nasty so outdoor activities are pretty much out, and she can use the money she earns to help her mother with the bills. It doesn't hurt that little Donny is fun to be around and cute as a button. "Hi, Babes." Not everything is ideal though. For one thing, the Hagans have just bought a Teenager Jenny Jeffers has just found herself a new job, a twice-a-week evening gig sitting for the Hagans after a chance encounter at the local mall. It's just what she needs: autumn's arrived, the weather's turning nasty so outdoor activities are pretty much out, and she can use the money she earns to help her mother with the bills. It doesn't hurt that little Donny is fun to be around and cute as a button. "Hi, Babes." Not everything is ideal though. For one thing, the Hagans have just bought an old home on the far side of town, meaning a long bus ride for Jenny to get out there, and an equally long car ride home from Mr. Hagan every night when they get home. The family's working on renovating the place, but they're far from finished, leaving much of the house creepy, creaky, and darker than Jenny might like. "Are you all alone?" Jenny's always had an overactive imagination, and it's gotten her into trouble in the past, but when the phone calls start, not even she can deny something weird is going on. Who's the mysterious caller who seems to know her every move, who phones her up after Donny's in bed to taunt her in a sinister, raspy whisper. "Are you all alone in that big old house?" Jenny's new crush Chuck is quite the practical joker, and he knows her schedule, but he swears it's not him. The Hagans' creepy next door neighbor has certainly been keeping an eye on the place, but every time Jenny confronts him, he tells her he's just watching for prowlers. Is Jenny's over-active imagination working overtime to entertain a harmless telephone prankster as the police suspect, or has she caught the attention of the same maniac who's been attacking babysitters all over town? "Well, don't worry, Babes. Company's coming." The Hagans always tell Jenny to keep the windows shut, the curtains closed, and the doors locked, but not even that will keep her safe when her would-be company shows up as promised. * * * * * 'The Babysitter' is simple, easy-to-read escapist fiction. As part of Scholastic's Point Horror series, it's aimed at the teen and young adult crowd of the late 80's and early 90's. Modern-day readers may struggle with the lack of caller ID, absence of cellular phones, and needing the operator to connect one to the local police department, but if the reader can overlook this, it's an enjoyable enough story written eight years before Scream had audiences deciding to just let the calls go to voice mail. (Personal confession: though his voice is described as a raspy whisper, I couldn't help but read each of Jenny's prank caller's lines in Roger Jackson's perfectly creepy over-the-phone voice from Scream...what can I say, I'm a 90's kid.) Stine's plots are never terribly complex, and this one's just as straightforward as normal. It relies a bit too much on a couple of bone-headed decisions by the main character to build tension, and while Jenny at least has the sense to contact the police once things start escalating, the cops also refer her to a different department and dismiss her concerns by telling her that people who make prank calls very rarely follow through with the threat. This despite Jenny being a babysitter in a town where someone stalking babysitters has made it into the newspaper after multiple assaults on young women. You'd think they could at least send out a patrol car or something. Jenny's also hesitant to tell her mom about the harassing calls, which isn't terribly realistic behavior, no matter how much Stine tries to justify it by having Jenny worry her mom will think she's making a mountain out of a molehill again. Looked at critically, Jenny's a terrible protagonist since the entire story revolves around things happening to her instead of her trying to take charge, but I can also excuse this since she's likely used to the adults in her life handling the heavy lifting, and she's completely out of her element at the Hagans' place. What I have a much more difficult time excusing is that Jenny's mother talks her into keeping her job at the Hagans' house even after all the harassing phone calls. I get that money's tight, but damn, that's heartless. I took on the occasional babysitting job as a teen myself, but I know for a fact if I'd brought up any concerns I had with the jobs to my mom, she'd have been on the phone to the parents and they'd work together to come up with a plan or resolve the issue. Jenny's mother, on the other hand, is about as hands-off as you can get when it comes to her daughter's problem. True to life? Maybe? I guess there are parents like that, but it's not my experience. One thing Stine's particularly good at is leaving the reader with enough options that it's hard to pin down the person responsible, but a careful reader will suss out the phantom phone caller after one key piece of evidence is revealed a little more than halfway through the story. Once you figure it out, it's just a matter of following the story to its natural conclusion, although it's a conclusion that leads to one enormous problem I had once the stalker is revealed and dealt with. Discussing it would lead to a pretty serious spoiler, but chances are you'll have the same question I did about one character in particular and that character's actions given their knowledge of the situation. I recognize that I'm reading this as an adult though, and I doubt it's something my teenage brain would have caught or bothered with, so I can't hold it against the story too much. Overall, I'm content to give 'The Babysitter' three out of five stars. There's nothing technically wrong with it, and it's a quick read that does what it sets out to do. Though the ending doesn't seem very open-ended, Stine somehow figured out a way to get three sequels out of this idea, and I'm curious enough to see how he handles it that I've gone ahead and picked up books two and three. Not a bad first book finished for 2018, all things considered. Best scene: Jenny arrives at the Hagans' house one evening to discover Donny's all hyped up to watch the video mom and dad rented for him. What, I hear you ask, did Mr. and Mrs. Hagan bring home for their precocious little son? Surely it was Transformers, or E.T., or The Goonies, something like that, right? Nope. Jenny and Donny settle in to watch freakin' Poltergeist. Wait, what?! I know it got a PG rating, but who lets their six year old kid watch a movie about an old house built on a Native American burial ground that sucks family members into hellish alternate dimensions via the TV? R.L. Stine's finest parenting tips, ladies and gentlemen: traumatize 'em when they're young, and they stay yours forever! Shut up. I laughed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Re-Read. R.L Stine was a reading staple amongst my middle school friends, we just couldn't read them fast enough. Re-reading the Baby-Sitter wasn't a disappointment as I feared it would be. A bit outdated, it still had elements of creepiness and chills. Jenny has an active imagination and is more than a little paranoid. She lands a babysitting job after saving a little boy from jumping into a mall fountain. The family lives a long bus drive away in a creepy old house. To make things worse, ther Re-Read. R.L Stine was a reading staple amongst my middle school friends, we just couldn't read them fast enough. Re-reading the Baby-Sitter wasn't a disappointment as I feared it would be. A bit outdated, it still had elements of creepiness and chills. Jenny has an active imagination and is more than a little paranoid. She lands a babysitting job after saving a little boy from jumping into a mall fountain. The family lives a long bus drive away in a creepy old house. To make things worse, there have been reports of babysitters getting attacked. Then Jenny gets a chilling phone call saying, "Company's coming". She thinks it's Chuck, the class clown that has a crush on her, or perhaps the neighbor that's been lurking around claiming to see someone one the property. I think the reason why this book still gives chills is that the subject matter is relate-able. It's hard to keep your mind from wandering and twisting shadows or mislabeling noises while alone at night. Of course, with caller ID and cell phones, the plot of this particular novel would be quite different. The ending was still a twist that was quite perfectly written if a bit rushed. Fans will remember this one. Recommended for middle grade-early high school.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Jenny Jeffers is a fifteen-year-old, who is interested in making some extra cash as a babysitter. She keeps a six-year-old named Donny Hagen from jumping into the fountain at the mall, and this catches the attention of his parents. Also, Donny becomes fond of Jenny, so they request that she babysits him. When she arrives at the house, she notices that there are only three houses in the neighborhood and the Hagens' house looks very old and creepy. To strengthen her fear, she hears disturbing news Jenny Jeffers is a fifteen-year-old, who is interested in making some extra cash as a babysitter. She keeps a six-year-old named Donny Hagen from jumping into the fountain at the mall, and this catches the attention of his parents. Also, Donny becomes fond of Jenny, so they request that she babysits him. When she arrives at the house, she notices that there are only three houses in the neighborhood and the Hagens' house looks very old and creepy. To strengthen her fear, she hears disturbing news about a babysitter's attack. This happens to be the third occurrence. On top of that, she begins to hear strange noises in the house, receives strange visits from the next door neighbor, and gets threatening phone calls. The caller says, “Company’s coming and then the fun will start.” In Mr. Hagen’s closet, Jenny discovers newspapers where the names of the attacked babysitters have been highlighted. There are so many unexpected twists and turns that are guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats and anxious to see what unfolds on the next page. I have never been a fan of horror movies or books, but this story was quite entertaining.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Classic Stine.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    (Source: I own a copy of this book.) I haven’t read this book in years, but for some reason I felt like giving it a read. It wasn’t one of my favourites when I was younger, but I still had it! I liked the beginning of this book better than the end. It started out okay, and had a few creepy moments, but as it went on not enough happened and it started to drag. I didn’t guess who the killer was, but it wasn’t all that big of a surprise. Overall; an okay read, but it dragged. 6 out of 10.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hew La France

    Not a bad like teen thriller. In a pre-Fear Street, pre-Goosebumps world, this was an interesting read. The only thing stopping it from being a 4 is the ending, which I felt was a bit rushed. It would have also had been nice if the reader were given now clues as to who the murder was earlier in the book. Nothing too obvious, just enough for the attentive to pick up on. Stine had this same problem in his newest Fear Street book, Party Games. Still, a fun, enjoyable read. Worth your time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4.5 STARS Will be rereading and will review at that time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    Jenny takes a babysitting job on the other side of town. The actual job isn't bad, but when she starts receiving threatening telephone calls, Jenny wonders if the reported attacks on local babysitters are related. Not my favourite Point Horror book but it was OK. You actually remember how old these books actually are when they start mentioning Walkmans and watching videotapes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    I read the sequel to this book so many years ago and now i finally got hold of a copy of the first one haha now that i've read it i know a little more back story to the sequel 😅 i used to just read whatever books i had when i was younger and i didn't care to much if they weren't the first in the series...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Martine

    I remember being into this as a kid but, man, the pacing is weird. First 130 pages has 3 scary phone calls and one vaguely threatening note. Then BAM... kidnapping, slap in the face, try to push her off a cliff. And why do bad guys keep newspaper clippings of their misdeeds? By now, it would be a Pinterest board, right?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I'm going to give this one four stars just because of nostalgia. R.L Stine does an effective job of creating a creepy atmosphere--a young girl babysitting in a rundown Victorian mansion on the other side of town with no neighbors, a precocious blond child who enjoys spooking his sitter, a neighbor that is skulking around the premises. This is an easy, quick read that would be good to introduce tweens to horror, as I was introduced long ago.

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