Genre: Psychological Thriller / Gothic Fiction / Sisters Fiction Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: April 14, 2020
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 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. A 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. “Suspense fans will be satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly
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The Caretakers was an intense and gripping read. The suspense/thriller takes you for quite a ride. The story follows two lovely ladies, one named Tessa, a young filmmaker, and Kitty, an elderly woman with bones in her closet (not literally in case you were wondering.) Tessa just helped free a man from jail that she believed was innocent from committing murder. But then, not long after his release, he begins making videos for those of Bonham. The chilling videos are targeted towards the one that wrongfully put him in jail, indicating that he would soon go after the chief’s daughter.
As the story unravels, Tessa journeys to a place that was left in her granddad’s will. There she meets Kitty. Tessa is trying to get away from all that is happening in Bonham, never did she realize that by venturing to that house, that Kitty would eventually reveal secrets of her Tessa’s own family.
It’s a heart wrenching, heart-pumping read. I finished it in a day because I simply couldn’t put it down. And the twist at the end is one I did not see coming. It’s clever. It’s exciting and cunning. And the power behind the broken love of two sisters and their path to mending was beautiful.
My favorite character in this story besides Kitty and Tessa was Ben. He’s Tessa’s sister’s husband. I love how intricately connected Tessa, Ben, and Margot are. There’s alot of history among the three which is revealed throughout the story, but the three of them sure do make a formidable team.
I really enjoyed the reveal of what had happened to Kitty and Dee. This was very shocking something I was not expecting which made me love it even more.
And that ending! It’s definitely one I won’t forget anytime soon.
This is a must read for any murder mystery and suspense thriller fans. Eliza Maxwell has this amazing way with doing the least expected in her stories. I have loved every book of hers that I have read, and this one was just wonderful!
Definitely a 5/5!
Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Shadow Writer, The Widow’s Watcher, The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee. For more information, visit www.elizamaxwell.net.
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EXCELLENT review! And seriously — gripping from start to finish. Thanks for the post!