The Housemaid’s Secret by Freida McFadden #BookReview @fizziatrist @bookouture #NetGalley #TheHousemaidsSecret @BaysideBookReviews #thriller #suspense #mystery #WomensFiction

Pub Date 20 Feb 2023
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers


“Don’t go in the guest bedroom.” A shadow falls on Douglas Garrick’s face as he touches the door with his fingertips. “My wife… she’s very ill.” As he continues showing me their incredible penthouse apartment, I have a terrible feeling about the woman behind closed doors. But I can’t risk losing this job—not if I want to keep my darkest secret safe…

It’s hard to find an employer who doesn’t ask too many questions about my past. So I thank my lucky stars that the Garricks miraculously give me a job, cleaning their stunning penthouse with views across the city and preparing fancy meals in their shiny kitchen. I can work here for a while, stay quiet until I get what I want.

It’s almost perfect. But I still haven’t met Mrs Garrick, or seen inside the guest bedroom. I’m sure I hear her crying. I notice spots of blood around the neck of her white nightgowns when I’m doing laundry. And one day I can’t help but knock on the door. When it gently swings open, what I see inside changes everything…

That’s when I make a promise. After all, I’ve done this before. I can protect Mrs Garrick while keeping my own secrets locked up safe.

Douglas Garrick has done wrong. He is going to pay. It’s simply a question of how far I’m willing to go…

Adele’s Review:

Every so often a reviewer reads a book that stands above the rest in its category. The Housemaid’s Secret is one of those rare finds. Freida McFadden’s standalone second installment of the Housemaid series is a gem that’s a must read for mystery fans. The protagonist, Millie Calloway, is everywoman with more grit than most, and I rooted for her each step of her difficult journey. The story is filled with tension, brilliant twists and turns, and laugh out loud moments that kept me glued to the pages. McFadden’s writing is outstanding, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are unique and memorable. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series (and Book One, which I unfortunately missed).

Highly recommended. Already at the top of my Best Books of 2023 list.

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