The Caretaker by Emily Shiner – Blog Tour

On behalf of Zoe at and Emily Shiner, I am excited and honoured today to be reviewing The Caretaker. Thank you to Emily Shiner and Inkubator for a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.


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.

The Caretaker – the stunning psychological thriller from the author of The Secret Wife.

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My Thoughts

The Caretaker is the perfect summer read for the beach or in the garden.  It’s an exciting and intense thriller but it’s an easy read that doesn’t require intense thinking power so it’s perfect for lazy days of reading.

I was drawn to this book just from the cover.  It’s so atmospheric and creepy with the darker tones of the sky and the sombre looking house however I also love houses like this. So it’s one I would likely buy.

The Caretaker doesn’t take long to build up – the tension is there from very early on and it carries all the way to the end.  I love atmospheric novels and this one certainly delivers.  There is tension between Tim and Amy too as they try to move past a rocky start and begin their lives as newlyweds The tension is great and I had to keep reading.

I don’t want to give any of the plot away but it is full of surprises and twists and I was surprised several times.  There are two plots to follow – the main plot of the strange things happening in the house but also the relationship development too. 

The Caretaker is an intense and fascinating psychological thriller which makes for addictive reading.     

Author Bio – Emily Shiner

Emily Shiner always dreamed of becoming an author but first served her time as a banker and a teacher. After a lifetime of devouring stacks of thrillers, she decided to try her hand at writing them herself. Now she gets to live out her dream of writing novels and sharing her stories with people around the world. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains and loves hiking with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.

Emily writes psychological thrillers. The Secret Wife will be her first novel published with Inkubator Books.

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