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#TheLastCaretaker by @jessicastrawser

By Pamelascott

Katie's divorce was, in a word, humiliating. So when her friend Bess offers a fresh start-a resident caretaking job at a nature preserve-Katie accepts. No matter that she's not exactly a "nature person." How hard can it be?

But from day one, something feels off. Katie's new farmhouse looks as if the last caretaker barely moved out at all. When a frantic, terrified woman arrives late at night, expecting a safe place to hide, it's clear caretaking involves way more than Katie bargained for.

Suddenly, Katie is no longer sure who she can trust: the brooding groundskeeper, the daily regulars-hikers, dog walkers, birdwatchers, photographers-even Bess.

As Katie digs deeper for clues in what the last caretaker left behind, she must discover courage she never knew she had-and decide how much she'll risk to do the right thing.


Bess had neglected to mention the guard shack.- 1


(Lake Union Publishing, 1 December 2023, e-book, 348 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle via #AmazonFirstReads)



I loved The Last Caretaker, my first from the author. I was hooked after a few pages and didn't want to stop reading. As soon as the shaken woman turns up in the middle of the night, expecting refuge and steps to be followed to lead her to safety I knew I was going to love the book. And I did. Every time I started to read I had to force myself to stop. So much happens in the book and I never knew where Katie would end up next. This is a riveting read.


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