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Named Most Anticipated Crime Book of the Year by CrimeReads

​​A chilling true story - part memoir, part crime investigation - reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me, about a little girl longing for love and how she found friendship with her charismatic babysitter - who was also 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 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 and understanding adults in her life. Everyone thought he was just a “great guy”.

But there was one thing she didn’t know: Their babysitter was a serial killer.

Some of his victims were buried - in pieces - right there, in his garden in the woods. 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.

Haunted by nightmares and horrified by what she learned, Liza became obsessed with the case. Now, she and cowriter Jennifer Jordan reveal the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

©2021 Marathon Mediaworks, Inc. and Jennifer Jordan. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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A True Crime Must Read

I'm a true crime book and podcast junkie and thought The Babysitter was very well researched. I liked how there were two narrators; one depicting Liza, and one that went over Tony's history throughout his life. The two storylines really kept my interest. This was one of the rare audible True Crime books that I could not miss a minute. There's no extra unneccessary fluff and the narrator's both have very pleasant voices. Use your credit on this, you will not regret it.

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Made me tear up.

I'm sure it's a good read but I only made it 1/2 through the 6th chpt. My ex gf. and I have 2 sons 10 and 11 yrs. They talked about moving in w.me so much when they turn 13 she stopped visitation, now we're at war. I can't bare to hear of children being neglected when my son's that are my life are taken away b.c they love their father too much. I'm sorry the author went through that. I'd love to get my hands on a parent like that. Sorry all.