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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When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought it was perfect! Just like a lot of people in the world, we all love a good true crime, "he didn't do it, let's show them why he is innocent" documentary on Netflix. There are now tons of stories and writers and producers alike have dedicated their lives to proving the innocence of convicted felons. At the end of the series, the audience is left wondering if they are ever going to get out and wanting to seek justice for these people who they have met only on TV (me included). But none of us ever think about the consequences of being wrong. While this story is so much more than just the surface, I haven't read anything that touches this topic and it's a great refresher and reminder that what we think we know, might not be true.
Reading has been my escape ever since I was young and it definitely is a true escape from all the noise and everything happening right now. The Caretakers was a great book to read during this time of isolation, especially since our main character, Tessa is a little isolated herself. Heck, she even tries to isolate more when she finds out she is the owner of a faraway house in the middle of nowhere. She is a great character to remember the times when we have felt alone in our situations. When we feel like we are the only ones who know what we are going through, that's Tessa. And that is what this story reminded me of.
"The world has tipped on end, and all the things Tessa once believed true have been lost in some negative where black is white, up is down, and her mother is gone forever."
There are a couple of plot points going on throughout this story and it's done so in a very meticulous way and it doesn't feel scattered and mind throbbing. I loved all the twists this book offered and how they kept you engaged with the book, even if we were time jumping a bit. The author did well at connecting the dots and by the end she had you saying, "ahhhh."
Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5! It was a great read and something a little different from the normal crime story. This book was also a great read to get your mind off the current situation and to keep your mind stimulated. I have another book review coming out next week so stay tuned! Until then, Happy Reading!
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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