The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell

Release Date - April 14, 2020

Tessa Shepherd's film may have taken the world by storm and freed a seemingly innocent man from prison. Right after his release, he kidnaps the daughter of a law enforcement agent who put him behind bars. He tells police that Tessa holds the keys to the woman's location, and he'll kill her if they don't find her soon. Tessa becomes one of the most hated people on the planet. When reporters show up at her mother's funeral, it's too much. Tessa learns her mom owned a rundown estate home and flees to it.

There, she learns that the manor home is tended to by a couple of elderly women. One wants Tessa and uncover the truth. There's a mystery to solve, but Tessa's lost the confidence to unravel the murder that destroyed a family and turned Fallbrook into crumbling ruins. She also learns that she's the next if she can't figure out where the girl is being held.

There are two mysteries going on in The Caretakers. You have the past and what led to the murders of Tessa's ancestors. There's also the missing young woman and whether Tessa will figure out where she is in time. All of this goes on while Tessa is trying to decide what to do with her life. After helping release a killer, she's not eager to start a new film. It's not like anyone will hire her anyway.

The story flips back from past to present and back. It's easy to keep up with the changes as present is told from Tessa's point of view while the past is told by one of the elderly caretakers. The changes were seamless and kept me engaged.

The mysteries actually had a few surprises. I didn't see some of the twists coming and that was refreshing. If you want a great story for a hot summer's day, you can't go wrong with Eliza Maxwell's latest.


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