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The Caretakers In The Isolated Estate She S Found The Perfect Getaway But There S No Escaping The Past In This Chilling Novel From The Bestselling Author Of The Unremembered Girl Filmmaker Tessa Shepherd Helped Free A Man She Believed Was Wrongly Imprisoned For Murder When He Kills Again, Tessa S Life Is UpendedShe S Reeling With Guilt, Her Reputation Destroyed Worse, Tessa S Mother Has Unexpectedly Passed Away, And Her Sister, Margot, Turns On Her After Tensions From Their Past Escalate Hounded By A Bullying Press, Tessa Needs An Escape That S When She Learns Of A Strange Inheritance Bequeathed By Her Mother A Derelict And Isolated Estate Known As Fallbrook It Seems Like The Perfect RefugeA Crumbling Monument To A Gruesome History, The Mansion Has Been Abandoned By All But Two Elderly Sisters Retained As Caretakers They Are Also Guardians Of All Its Mysteries As The House Starts Revealing Its Dark Secrets, Tessa Must Face Her Fears And Right The Wrongs Of Her Past To Save Herself And Her Relationship With Margot But Nothing And No One At Fallbrook Are What They Seem

10 thoughts on “The Caretakers

  1. says:

    Though I ve been a gothic fiction junkie for years, The Caretakers is the first Eliza Maxwell novel I ve read This suspenseful, intricately plotted novel weaves together multiple interrelated storylines seamlessly than I would have expected, considering the number of characters and events involved The present day chapters focus primarily on documentary filmmaker Tessa Shepherd s attempt to escape the media circus surrounding the meltdown of her most famous subject the wrongly convicted Oliver Barlow As the victim of police misconduct, Barlow spent years in prison for a crime he may well not have committed think Making of a Murderer When his conviction is overturned and he walks free, however, things don t proceed the way Oliver or Tessa envisioned.and that leads to some fairly dark developments Not only is Tessa shocked, but she is also implicated as a suspect in a new murder Barlow may have committed Instead of facing up to the consequences of her actions, Tessa flees to a dilapidated mansion she s just inherited But how long can she hide from the police and the man who blames her for everything that s gone wrong since his release The other chapters in The Caretakers focus on another killing, the slaughter of a family in a single day decades earlier Like Barlow, the man convicted may not have been guilty Told mostly from the point of view of the elderly Kitty Donnelly, these chapters give glimpses into the past but truth is as clouded as Kitty s mind Was it her brother who actually killed the Cooke family Is his ghost real or just another sign of Kitty s dementia As is usually the case in gothic novels, the past and present are inextricably linked but the true extent of this only becomes clear at the end of the book.I ve spent a good chunk of this review explaining the plot, but I ve hardly touched on the novel s key points This is also a story about sisters past and sisters present, about love triangles, betrayals, secret adoptions, madness and an evil stepmother to boot Which brings me to my only caveat at times there is almost too much going on in this book I would also have liked a little less of the Barlow story and details about the historical tale That said, I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading of Maxwell s novels One thing I especially liked was the relationships between both sets of sisters Tessa and her twin Margot and Kitty and her sister Deirdre I don t know if Maxwell has a sister, but she captures the bonds, the rivalries and the rifts between siblings with great humor and skill I also love the irony that the two elderly sisters Kitty and Deirdre aren t actually caretakers they ve spent their lives ensuring that the mansion aka the murder house falls further and further into disrepair Much thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. says:

    3 4 stars The Caretakers has two seemingly unconnected storylines The first is that of Tessa Shepherd a TV documentary maker and how her life unravels 18 months after making a programme about the false imprisonment of Oliver Barlow The second concerns the caretakers of Fallwood House, elderly sisters Kitty and Deirdre Donnelly Fallwood is now very dilapidated and has not been lived in since a terrible event happened there many years ago What unfolds is a dramatic collision between past and the present First of all, the writing is high quality and there are some really good descriptions, some creepiness and moments of suspense Some of the characters are well crafted especially the elderly sisters You get a real sense of the atmosphere of Fallwood, it s occupants and what happens in the past There is a sort of ghastliness to Kitty s story which I like very much However, I feel there is far too much going on in the story and sometimes the switching of storylines is confusing There are a couple of scenes that I feel are very over the top, stretching credulity though they are certainly dramatic Overall, I did enjoy it particularly the storyline from the past, it s that one that intrigued me the most and the one I will remember I think Tessa s story works less well and ultimately I would have liked the book to be pared down After much internal debate I m giving the book the 4 stars rather than 3 because it is so well written and enjoyable.Thanks to NetGalley and Publishing for the ARC

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    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review I have read every book that Eliza Maxwell has published, and I am a big fan of her stories She just has a way with words and knows how to create a mysterious and creepy atmosphere You can t help but be sucked in and try to figure out what is going on I love stories that can keep me guessing until the end, and this was definitely the case with The Caretakers The story is told from Tessa s, and the caretakers Deidre and Kitty s POV I am going to be pretty vague with my review, because I don t want to spoil anything I just want to say that nothing is as it seems Make sure to keep track of all the small things I loved discovering new things throughout the book, which had me changing my theories about what was going on I loved the twists and turns, which of some really surprised me There is a lot going on in this book but everything fits really well together There was no dull moment and I was hooked until the end This book was heartbreaking but also heartwarming in a way I loved seeing the main character Tessa find peace and mend her relationship with her sister I also enjoyed seeing Tessa learn the truth about her family The cover of this book is gorgeous, and it really fits with the vibe of the story I highly recommend this book if you are intrigued with what you read in the blurb my review, or if you have read books by this author before I think Eliza did a great job with this book, and I already look forward to the next one.

  4. says:

    Absolutely brilliant There is a very specific mash of genres that combines psychological thrillers and family dramas, set in a haunting background, that I absolutely adore They are very difficult to get right, especially when they incorporate killer twists and unreliable characters.When they do end up being done well, they produce amazing novels like The Thirteenth Tale and Verity I m very happy to say, Maxwell absolutely nailed it with The Caretakers.I can not rave enough about this book, and I definitely think all readers should try it Fast paced and thoroughly engrossing, The Caretakers is a wonderful piece of writing A huge thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC.

  5. says:

    I m thrilled to say that THE CARETAKERS will be released in April 2020, and I cannot wait to share it with you all In the meantime, happy reading everyone, and cheers to a wonderful rest of 2019 All the best Eliza

  6. says:

    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review Filmmaker Tessa Shepherd helped free a man she believed was wrongly imprisoned for murder When he kills again, Tessa s life is upended A crumbling monument to a gruesome history, the mansion that Tessa and her twin sister inherited has been abandoned by all but two elderly sisters retained as caretakers They are also guardians of all its secrets.Nice twist at the end I like the way this author writes, it s readable and interesting The mystery was very believable and all the loose ends got tied up in the end.3.75

  7. says:

    Absolutely enjoyed this book and one that was full of twists and turns It is not often that i am able to read a book within a day or two, but on this occasion, i did The story flowed so well and although i am not going to write what the story is about as i prefer one to read the book for themselves, i can recommend I shall be looking out for books by Eliza Maxwell.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.

  8. says:

    I have held off writing this review for days because I just wasn t sure how to rate this I ve settled on 3 stars but I m still not feeling vetted to it being either higher or lower Let me explain Several years ago I read The Grave Tender which, I believe, might be the author s first book Regardless, that book just blew me away It was unlike anything I had read in a very, very long time That book was so beautifully written that I found myself instantly moved to tears by some sentences and sometimes just stopped dead in my tracks by the complete juxtaposition of the darkness of the story and the bright beauty of the writing I found myself stopping to reread sentences over and over again just to try and capture that original clutch of emotion the author had given me So moving on to this book This book cannot compare to my previous read Gone are the beautiful prose and the gutting emotions Does that makes this a bad book Nope Not at all This a great mystery filled with great characters It has two storylines, past and present, that are woven together in a very interesting way, with enough twists that it really kept me engaged Is it written well Yep It absolutely is But, did it give me that completely immersive experience I found reading the author s first book through her gorgeous prose No it did not Honestly, when I started reading this I had to go back and check who the author was because I thought I was reading someone else Hence my trouble with my rating Once an author gives you one thing, are they then bound to always provide it I think I believed they were when I started this book Now I m not so sure It s made me think about other authors I read and do they always deliver me the same thing I want to say yes when it comes to their writing Maybe I m wrong So how much of my angst with this book was really just my own expectations Maybe all of it Maybe none of it Is it fair of me to judge this book based on a previous book I just don t know.But don t let my experience and expectation deter you from reading this It s a great book and if you just want to dig into a really solid mystery that will keep you turning pages and guessing right up to the end, then definitely pick this one up You won t be disappointed I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book This opinion is my own

  9. says:

    2.5 Stars, rounded up Filmmaker Tessa Shepherd helped free a man she believed was wrongly imprisoned for murder When he kills again, Tessa s life is upended.She s reeling with guilt, her reputation destroyed Worse, Tessa s mother has unexpectedly passed away, and her sister, Margot, turns on her after tensions from their past escalate Hounded by a bullying press, Tessa needs an escape That s when she learns of a strange inheritance bequeathed by her mother a derelict and isolated estate known as Fallbrook It seems like the perfect refuge But nothing at at Fallbrook is what it seems This book gave me major Making a Murderer and The Family Upstairs vibes While I am OBSESSED with both of those, I struggled to completely love THE CARETAKERS This book was super easy read and I demolished it in a couple sittings The story was super intriguing and I loved how the two separate story lines started to allign However, I never felt a strong connection to any of the characters, which left me a little unsatisfied Even though this book wasn t a total win for me, I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fictional true crime or family drama thrillers Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my review copy

  10. says:

    Such an amazing book It was suspenseful and had some twists and turns I thourougly enjoyed reading it and I hated to put it down I highly recommend it

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