Publisher: Lake Union Press
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
Eliza Maxwell, the author of The Caretakers, has blown me away again with another story. This time she took me on a haunting, psychological story from the first few lines to the last words.
Maxwell crafted two storylines of sisters young and sisters old. In the mix is the story of decades-old murders and a modern-day murder. This story takes so many twists that I simply did not want to stop the narrations. That’s the gift of Eliza’s writing!
This is the first book of Eliza’s I’ve heard via Audio. The narration performed by Janet Metzger and Erin Mallon is spot-on between all the character shifts and chapter changes. There are plenty of characters from young girls, too old women, to young and old men. Janet and Erin pulled all the characters splendidly with inflictions where I did not get lost with the characterization.
The Caretakers is an impeccable escape for readers needing to get away from their own realities. It keeps you psychologically guessing with every chapter as to where is this story going. There is no guessing with this story. It is haunting because it may leave you with the lasting memory of the older sisters that you simply cannot forget, as it did me.
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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