The Housemaid by Freida McFadden #BookReview @fizziatrist @bookouture #TheHousemaid @BaysideBookReviews #thriller #suspense #mystery #WomensFiction

338 pages, Kindle Edition
First published April 26, 2022


“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.

Adele’s Review:

This reviewer loved The Housemaid’s Secret, Book Two in the Housemaid series, so much that I had to go back and find The Housemaid, Book One, to read and review.

The Housemaid is an unputdownable novel of mystery and suspense with unforgettable protagonist Millie Calloway, a woman with a dark past who seems unafraid of life’s most difficult challenges. When Millie is hired by the employer from hell to work in an upscale home in a wealthy neighborhood, she has no idea she’s about to live with evil so vile, even she will be rattled to her core.

The Housemaid is flawlessly written and expertly plotted, with cleverly crafted characters and perfect pacing. This series is not to be missed! Most highly recommended.

(See The Housemaid’s Secret review February 20, 2023)

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