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The Caretaker

Gabriel Bergmoser



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28 July 2023
Gabriel Bergmoser, author of explosive bestselling thriller The Hunted returns with a suspenseful new standalone thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

'Unrelenting tension ... sharp writing ... an atmospheric take on the cat-and-mouse plot' Books+Publishing

An isolated, empty ski resort in the off-season. A woman who doesn't want to be found. A man who may not be who he appears to be. A game of cat and mouse - with deadly consequences.

On the run from a controlling husband and his underworld associates in Melbourne, Charlotte has adopted a new identity and found a job as an off-season caretaker in a tiny, deserted alpine resort. Some dangerous people are looking for Charlotte and so she's lying low, tending to the lodges, happy to be alone, but jumping every time a floor creaks or the wind whistles through the empty buildings. She's trying to convince herself she's okay, that she got away. But then strange things start happening around the resort. And Charlotte starts to realise that every escape route is being sealed off, one by one.

From Gabriel Bergmoser, the master of propulsive, page-turning storytelling, The Caretaker will have readers second-guessing themselves at every turn. What's real and what isn't? Who's dangerous and who isn't? And who will survive? A menacing, nail-biting, nerve-racking psychological thriller.

'Strap yourself in for a fast high-octane ride. With excruciating tension on every single page, mind-bending twists, and a deliciously clever plot, The Caretaker is everything we've come to expect from Gabriel Bergmoser's novels: unpredictable, wild, and impossible to put down' – Lyn Yeowart, author of The Silent Listener

'Warning: do not start this book if you have other things to do because I can tell you now they will not get done. The Caretaker is completely absorbing, highly addictive and supremely unsettling; also whip-smart and darkly funny. This is Bergmoser at his unputdownable best' – Anna Downes, author of The Shadow House

'Bergmoser does it again. A cracking read. A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller. I'll never look at a ski lodge in the same way again' – Margaret Hickey, author of Broken Bay


'A heroine you can't look away from, pure thrills and wallop, wilder and gamier than your average Aussie noir, this is fierce storytelling' – Kyle Perry, bestselling author of The Bluffs

'The Inheritance captures the pedal-to-the-metal pace and thrills of Bergmoser's first book, but adds a more substantial plot and richer characters. The story unfolds quickly, and it swiftly builds to an explosive climax. A ferocious tale' – Canberra Weekly


'This slice of outback noir is ... at once exhilarating, gleefully vicious and totally race-to-the-finish-line unputdownable' – The Observer

'An audacious walk on the wildest side of outback noir ... a vivid thriller' – Sydney Morning Herald

'A perfectly paced, thrilling read with an unrelenting sense of dread and menace' – Books+Publishing
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   415g
ISBN:   9781460763131
ISBN 10:   1460763130
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gabriel Bergmoser is an award-winning Melbourne-based author and playwright. He won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2015 and was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. In 2016 his first young adult novel, Boone Shepard, was shortlisted for the Readings Young Adult Prize. His first novel for adults, The Hunted (HarperCollins, 2020), is a bestseller and a film adaptation is currently being developed. His 2022 Audible Original novella, The Hitchhiker, spent a month at number one in the Audible bestseller chart.

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