The Carer by Deborah Moggach

The Carer was everything I hoped it would be, it explored family dynamics in such a raw and candid way, that it would be difficult to not find some aspect of this story that will make you think.

Robert and Phoebe have hired a new carer for their dad, James. Whilst they love him deeply, their deep rooted memories from their childhood means there is some distance between them all.

Along comes Mandy, she brings the light back into James’ life and has him giggling and gossiping like a school girl. It’s hard for Robert and Phoebe not to resent this blossoming friendship, how can their dad have the relationship they’ve always craved with their father with a stranger?

Robert and Phoebe are fascinating characters, they are both stuck in a rut and whilst they still laugh and have happy memories, it’s clear they’re both miserable. Clearly in denial, they’d rather focus on something or someone else. And that someone else is Mandy. The pair become obsessed with thinking the worst in her, they think she’s after their father’s money… are they right? Mandy is definitely very comfortable in James’ cottage and has clearly been rearranging the furniture and all the papers…

Then part 2 and part 3 of the book comes along and completely changes the whole atmosphere of the book. I LOVED this. I did not see this coming and am still reflecting on the shock I felt…

And here I must stop recounting to you, because I already fear I’ve given too much away!

What I loved most about this book were the characters. They’re all fabulously quirky and charming. I loved reading of their individual approaches to life and they all brought magical gifts to the table, making this book so easy to fall in love with and wrap you up in the sleepy, idyllic locations.

Moggach’s style is immersive and captivating, whilst also having a maturity to it – you know you’re in safe hands.

Glorious from start to end.

The Carer is out NOW from Tinder Press in hardback and eBook versions!

*I was very kindly gifted a copy, I chose to review it here on my blog and share the love for this incredible book*

Until next time, Chloé x


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