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The Caretakers
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
'Thrilling and deeply moving, gorgeously written and intricately plotted, morally complex and surprising and sweeping and intimate, with some of the most indelible and heart-breaking characters I have ever encountered in a novel' Elizabeth McCracken In the smart Parisian suburb of Maisons-Larue, in the wake of the Paris 2015 terrorist attacks, an au pair is arrested after the sudden and suspicious death of her nine-year-old charge... The truth behind what happened is unravelled through six women: Geraldine, a heartbroken French teacher who struggles to connect with her vulnerable students; Lou, an incompetent au pair fired by the family next door; Charlotte, a chilly socialite and reluctant mother; Holly, an anxious au pair who yearns to feel at home in Paris; Nathalie, an isolated French teenager desperate for her mother's attention; and finally, Alena, the au pair accused of killing a child. All of them play a part in nine-year-old Julien's death... For fans of Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You and Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, The Caretakers is a compulsive and gripping read about who takes care of children, the yearning for belonging that extends beyond the homes left behind, and issues of identity, privilege, and class in both American and French culture.
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MicheleinPhilly
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Mehso-so

There was nothing inherently wrong with this; it is actually quite well written and offers interesting psychological portraits of all of the women. BUT, those women are all SUPREMELY miserable so it became a bit of a slog. This is also a classic case of misleading marketing because this is not a suspenseful or thrilling tale at all. I‘m glad it was a library borrow.

ClairesReads Oh good to know- I wanted to read this, but on the basis that I thought it was a suspense story. Thanks for the intel! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @ClairesReads These publishers and their shenanigans. 🙄 1mo
ClairesReads @MicheleinPhilly so annoying when they do this 1mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎂🥂🎈📚 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Thank you Suba! ☺️ 1mo
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PaperbackPirate
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Pickpick

I love a story well-told from multiple points of view. In this one we meet a Parisian suburb community of au pairs and their families in 2016. Reading the description I expected a mystery surrounding the death of a child, but I‘d say the mystery takes a backseat to the tales of the women connected to the tragedy. I was entertained from beginning to end.
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Reading it was my first goal for the #AwesomeAugust Readathon!

rockpools What a gorgeous photo! 3mo
Kammbia1 Interesting premise for a story. I might have to check this one out. Also, I will be in Paris (and Strasbourg) for vacation in about 10 days. This story might give me some local flavor. Thanks for the recommendation. 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @rockpools ! It‘s a beautiful location, I just had to press the button. 3mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m so excited for you @Kammbia1 ! It mostly took place in Maisons-Laffitte, a Paris suburb. I would love to go to France some day. 3mo
Kammbia1 Thank you @PaperbackPirate I‘m looking forward to this trip. I leave on Sunday and will be there for 9 days. A much-needed vacation/birthday celebration. 3mo
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PaperbackPirate
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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I started the #AwesomeAugust #Readathon, late so I guess it‘s only appropriate that I wrap up late too. My goals were:

✅ read The Caretakers - 334 pages
❌ read to Chapter 19 of Gerald‘s Game - 28 pages
✏️ 362/444 pages

Thank you @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Well done and thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏😍🥳 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 ! 🙌📚 3mo
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PaperbackPirate
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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It‘s time for an #AwesomeAugust #Readathon update.

I have been sick at home since Tuesday so I have had some extra reading time in between the naps and nose blowing. I have read 181/444 pages so far toward my goal. I‘m going for 100 pages tomorrow.

Photo taken Saturday, caught Bookstagramming by my sister in South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hope you‘re crushing your goal @Andrew65 !

Leftcoastzen Wonderful photo! 4mo
Andrew65 Great progress despite the illness. Hope you are feeling better soon. 😊 4mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope you feel much better soon! 🙏 3mo
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Ruthiella Hope you are on the road to recovery! 🤒❤️ 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Leftcoastzen ! It was a beautiful night! 🌵 3mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 @DaveGreen7777 and @Ruthiella ! I‘m still not 100% but I started feeling better yesterday! 🤧 3mo
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PaperbackPirate
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Late start to the #AwesomeAugust #Readathon, but my goals are:

🇫🇷 to read The Caretakers before book club Saturday
🛏 to get to Chapter 19 of Gerald‘s Game
✏️ 444 pages

I hope you‘re enjoying your trip @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 4mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 ! You too! 🙌 4mo
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PaperbackPirate
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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1. My grandmothers, mom and dad, and sisters were/are all readers, and many of my childhood friends as well. I had a neighbor friend who would sometimes just come over & read her own book while I read mine. 🤓
2. Barbara Kingsolver
3. Yes, we‘ve been together about 15 years. The Caretakers is next.

I tag @Enchanted_Bibliophile and @EadieB since you both tagged me to play last month & I dropped the ball.

Thank you @Eggs !
#WondrousWednesday

Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks for the tag 🌷 4mo
EadieB Thanks for the tag! 4mo
Eggs Lovely 🥰 thanks for playing and sharing! 4mo
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KarenUK
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Mehso-so

Just Ok. Six POV‘s of a group of American girls working as Au pairs in and around Paris, their teacher, a socialite mother and a kind French teacher. The writing is pretty good, and the story is well structured and paced. I just found myself a bit underwhelmed. Not even quite sure why….🤷‍♀️

#advanced #pop22 #twinnedcities #paris @cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @4thhouseontheleft @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

Megabooks I‘ll pass 4mo
Cinfhen Yeah/ im not feeling it 😑 4mo
JamieArc This has been nominated for the American Library in Paris‘ shortlist. Sorry to see it‘s not better liked. 4mo
KarenUK @Megabooks @Cinfhen good plan! 😉 4mo
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janeycanuck
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Pickpick

What a debut... This was such a carefully crafted book from the point of view of six different women, weaving all together to create a really compelling story. I wasn't too sure if it was something I was really going to like - I wasn't looking for another Perfect Nanny but this wasn't like this at all, it revealed its secrets slowly and thoughtfully.

Library book 1/2 for #MarvellousMay

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 7mo
Nute I like the cover. I love rainy day photos! 6mo
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LKK526
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
Mehso-so

An American au pair in Paris is accused in the death of her seven-year-old charge. Did she do it or not? Six women tell their stories, which all intersect at some point with the accused. Misunderstandings and missed connections abound. I don‘t know what to make of this book. I liked but also felt “meh”. This is the first time TBH that I have a hard time writing a review since I started posting.