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The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

There's no better way to begin the weekend than to curl up with a chilling thriller written by none other than..........................Freida McFadden! The author of some of the most twisted thriller mysteries ever published.


After Stephen King of course.


The Housemaid, Freida McFadden's bestselling book yet, was published in 2022. The book has a very intriguing and suspenseful plot as well as is a modern psychological thriller. I dislike the idea of revealing too much of the plot because reading this book blindly makes it even more fun. So I'll try to be as light with the review as possible.



SYPNOSIS : “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…

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To tell the truth, I only read this book because I thought the cover looked cool. It wasn't until I finished the book that I realized how much more the eye in the keyhole actually contributes to the story.


Set in the city of New York, I loved how perfectly paced the story is. Some of you will find the first few chapters of the book to be a bit slow. Every new chapter builds up into the insane plot twist which catches you in the end.


I did take a few guesses as to what this 'wild' plot twist could be but the actual unveiling literally made my jaw drop. If you know someone who is considering reading thrillers, make sure this is the book they pick up first! Reading this book made me want to read like five more thrillers all in one night by Freida McFadden.


I think the last three to four chapters were more rushed than I'd like them to be. A lot of reveals floated through in a very short span of time which was quite hard to digest completely. However, the epilogue did not disappoint, I loved it.


(I have never read The Last Mrs. Parrish but a lot of other reviewers have pointed out that The Housemaid book is very very very identical to the plot, characters AND the plot twist of this one, which is saddening.)





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