ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Retro Reading: The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn

Updated on November 7, 2014
Cover of The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn
Cover of The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn

Maybe a Nanny Would Have Been Better

A couple of years ago, I was on a mission to find a few movie tie-in's and a few books I had read years ago. Of course being a teenager at the time I can't really remember if I had actually read the books or ended up throwing them away at some point. I know I should be hanging my head in shame.

While on one of these little outings at the used bookstore, I came across a copy of The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn. My first thought this was the source material for the 1995 Alicia Silverstone film of the same name. There's no relation to it at all except sharing the same title.

In a way I was sort of disappointed since I thought the book would have opened up some type of explanation for the movie.

The Babysitter is about the murder of a mysterious babysitter and the disappearance of her evening charge. When John and Merle Wright return home from a night on the town, they discover the body of Paula Aherne and that their baby, Marcie, is missing.

While the Wright's are cleared of any wrong doing, the local police and FBI conjure up their own suspects. The Wright's however want to know where the child is and start investigating on their own.

I think the only reason I was attracted to this novel was due to the cover art. At that time, cover art had a way of enticing people to buy books. They had some type of eye catching hold and before you knew it, you'd be settled down later that evening reading. Whether good or bad, the cover art made you buy you the book (and it still plays an important part in today's market if you're actually buying a bound book).

The cover art on this particular novel is shiny, and a baby's rattle is being held by a skelton's hand. Sure seems like it would be a page turner, but I found it to be a counting page turner. I just wasn't impressed.

Thinking back to when the book was originally published (1979) I recall an awful lot of mystery/thrillers featuring missing children and stalked teenagers. Babysitting seemed to be a huge market in the thriller genre following the success of the film Halloween.

One distinct problem I had for this retro read was there were too many characters. They are generally referred to as "the man" or "the woman" so with a lot being referenced it was hard to keep everyone straight. Eventually they are given names, but by that time, who really cares?

I didn't.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)