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The Carer by Deborah Moggach


The Carer by Deborah Moggach has been on my TBR for ages, I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and so was really excited to read this one. I tried to read it a while ago and just couldn’t get into it. On my second attempt I did manage to get into it but it wasn’t one that I loved.


Here’s the synopsis for you;


James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy's virtues, their shopping trips and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.


Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood - and the father - that they thought they knew so well.


First off, I would say that it does get off to quite a slow start and I was on the verge of putting it down again when it suddenly clicked for me. While I found Phoebe and Robert to both be ever so slightly annoying they did grow on me and it was an amusing read. I thought the twist was really good, I was miles off the mark with what l thought had happened.


For me it just felt a little flat, it was an ok read, I liked parts of it but it’s already starting to fade from my memory. When I posted this on my stories I had a real mix of opinions on it, some people absolutely loved it but there were a few who felt the same as I did.


The good news is that reading this one has kicked off a little project for me. Over the next year I’m going to be trying to finally read some of the older books on my shelf to try and tackle my TBR, so it’s one down and about a million to go 😂


How many books are on your TBR at the moment?

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