The Housemaid by Freida McFadden @bookouture

“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…

Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the top floor.

I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband Andrew seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew’s handsome brown eyes, so full of pain, it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like to live Nina’s life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect husband.

I only try on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it’s like. But she soon finds out… and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late.

But I reassure myself: the Winchesters don’t know who I really am.

They don’t know what I’m capable of…

An unbelievably twisty read that will have you glued to the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Trainwon’t be able to put this down!

Firstly I need to thank Tracy Fenton from TBC and who reviews on her Compulsive Readers blog as I saw that she had read this on her recent holiday and given it 5 stars! And as Tracy has very similar tastes to me when it comes to psychological thrillers, I decided to buy this as it did seem to have a string of other good reviews attached to it. And they are all absolutely right-THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS YEAR! If you want twisty, if you want unlikeable characters and unreliable narrators then look no further because this book will have you gasping out loud and refusing to move off the sofa! I started it this morning and finished just before teatime and that’s only because real life and dogs needing walked got in the way…

Millie needs a job and a place to stay so when she’s offered a live in position as a maid she grabs the opportunity with both hands. She knows she needs to be careful because one slip could send her back to the one place she refuses to go but when her new boss Nina starts to behave very differently to how she was in the interview, Millie starts to get very bad vibes.

I loved the authors writing style here and I’m now desperate to read more from her. She spun me around so much I didn’t know which direction I was facing and so when those shocking revelations started to unravel I was even more hooked than I had been from the start! Millie had had such a tough few years and to see the way she was being treated made me so mad! All the characters were so well written and really made the plot of The Housemaid suck you in and that’s a very VERY clever game to play with your readers! And that ending? Absolute perfection!

The Housemaid is a gripping read from start to finish. It reels you in from the start and never lets you go until that final shocking page. You’ll think you know where it is going and I guarantee you will be wrong!

Highly recommended by me!

#1 Amazon bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple Kindle bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. She lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.