Spooky season started off with a BANG and I couldn’t have been happier to make this book my first read of the month. The Housemaid, by Frieda McFadden was a bingeworthy read I couldn’t put down!
Millie is an ex-con who lands a job as a live-in housekeeper for the wealthy Winchester family. Nina Winchester’s temperament is unpredictable at best…she’s hot one minute and cold the next. Her behavior toward Millie is contentious in one breath and over the top nice in another, but Millie is so desperate for a stable job that she reluctantly tolerates Nina’s erratic mood swings. It certainly helps that Nina is rumored to suffer from mental health issues and her husband, Andrew, is easy on the eyes. Millie’s too-good-to-be-true job might just be putting her in danger’s way…or is it the other way around?!
I love a fast paced psychological thriller with twists and The Housemaid delivered. Yes…it’s a bit over the top and unrealistic, but it was so well written and kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. I definitely didn’t want to put it down. Such an enjoyable, albeit wild, ride!
While Millie’s character was somewhat endearing-ish, the characters overall were all pretty much unlikeable (at first glance, anyway). That wouldn’t normally be something I like in a story, but definitely added a charm factor to this one. The chapters were short and easy to devour…an absolutely entertaining read. There were a couple of twists I personally didn’t see coming, but looking back I’m not sure how I missed! Fast paced, unpredictable, and compelling. An addictive read for sure. Not much more I could ask for in a psychological thriller!
I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. It hooked me from the start and I couldn’t put it down until the last page. An incredible read to start a new month…I just hope the rest can live up to this one because The Housemaid definitely set the bar pretty high! This one was giving major Verity vibes, so if you enjoyed that one, I think you’ll love this one. I personally loved this one so much more than Verity. If you’re looking for a book you can read in one sitting (because you won’t be able to put it down), I can’t recommend The Housemaid enough!
5 out of 5 stars
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