In The Caretakers, by Eliza Maxwell, we see two mysteries blur past in one of the fastest paced novels I’ve ever read. In the present, Tessa Shepherd is dealing with the aftermath of helping an innocent man get out of jail. In the past, an entire family unwittingly approaches their own demise. Tessa is the link between the two cases, but things happen so quickly in this book that, if you blink, you might miss it.
Tessa begins the novel with the smug knowledge that she did the right thing. She helped expose a frame job that sent a man to prison for fourteen years. The only problems she has at finding out how to dodge her mother’s attempts to reconcile Tessa with her estranged sister. But then, almost immediately, the freed man releases a video in which he claims to have kidnapped and killed a woman. And Tessa’s mother passes away. That’s when the shit really hits the fan…which makes it the perfect time for Tessa to learn about a secret inheritance.
The Caretakers is all plot. It never really pauses for character development or, sometimes, logical motives. But, after the heavy books I’ve been reading lately, I was glad to read something that didn’t carry so much emotional weight. The mysteries were interesting to watch unravel and the ending is pretty spectacular. Sure, it’s not the best mystery I’ve ever read but it’s a pretty fun ride.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.