Deborah Moggach: The Carer

Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of The Carer as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.


From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns:

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.


As someone who relies on others for support with personal care, the idea that a carer may not be all that they seem is my worst nightmare, so I was interested in how Moggach would approach this theme in a novel.

The Carer is very well written and the characters are well drawn. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character, which allowed me to understand their actions, even when they seemed unusual. Whilst Mandy, the carer who lends the novel its title, is a central part of the novel, the focus of the novel is the family and the relationships between them and these are fascinating.

From the beginning of The Carer, there is a sense that not everything is as it should be, and this builds as the plot develops, in a slow burning but engaging plot. As it reaches its conclusion there are some twists and turns and I was intrigued to see how everything would turn out.

I chose to listen to the audio version of The Carer, and the narrator, Patience Tomlinson, really brought the novel to life. Her use of accents to distinguish between the characters really helped me to become engaged in the story.

The Carer is available from Amazon.

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