‘The Caretaker’ by Emily Shiner


They found their dream home. It’s the perfect place to die.

Newlyweds Amy and Tim move into their dream home, anxious to put their rocky past behind them and make a fresh start.

But the rambling fixer-upper and its surrounding gardens need more work than they expected, so they decide to hire a live-in caretaker.

Paul seems to be the perfect candidate. But he has an ulterior motive – taking the job is just one part of the deadly revenge plan he’s been hatching for years.

Soon, Amy starts to notice strange things happening around the house. Tim dismisses her concerns, and tension between the couple starts to build. As the rift between them grows ever wider, Paul sets the final phase of his horrifying plan in motion.

Now Amy and Tim are in a fight for survival – and their dream home has become a nightmare from which they may never escape.

My Review

I have read and enjoyed several of Emily’s books.  I read the synopsis for ‘The Caretaker’ and it certainly sounded like just my type of read- a psychological thriller with a twist.  I couldn’t wait to start reading and so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for an interesting afternoon of reading.  Overall I did enjoy reading ‘The Caretaker’ but more about that in a bit.

I have to be honest and say that it took me a while to get into this book.  I think that part of the problem was the fact that I didn’t gel with either of the main characters Amy or Tim.  They are newly wed couple, who have done without a honeymoon so that they could buy their ‘forever’ home.  Both characters tended to get on my nerves for some reason.  I got the impression that both of them were hiding secrets.  Eventually I did get into the story.  I had my own suspicions as to what was going to happen and I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I had wandered down a diversion.  This wasn’t a book that I could read over the course of a single day so I binge read it over the course of a few days.  I found ‘The Caretaker’ to be an interesting read, which certainly kept me guessing.

‘The Caretaker’ is well written.  Emily certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and take them on one hell of a journey.  For me this was more of a slow burn story.  As time went on and the story developed, the pace of the story quickened and the level of tension steadily increased, culminating in a dramatic conclusion.  Reading ‘The Caretaker’ felt like being on an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  I love the way in which Emily makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action.

In short and overall I did enjoy reading ‘The Caretaker’.  I will certainly be reading more of Emily’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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