Millie is fresh out of prison and living in her car. She urgently needs a job and somewhere to live but is genuinely shocked when she is hired to be a live in housekeper. But her new job has a sinister edge. The lady of the house Nina is unpredictable and Millie lives in a state of fear for her job and possibly even her life…
The Housemaid is a psychological thriller set in America.
Millie has had a run of bad luck so is relieved to get a job and home in one fell swoop. But from the very beginning she has an unsettling feeling regarding her boss Nina. Nina’s behaviour is erratic and Millie feels constantly on edge.
I couldn’t believe the vile way that Nina acted towards Millie nor the repulsive state of the house. Her snide comments as well as her daughter’s brattish behaviour were truly awful and instantly allied me with Millie. However, I was eager to learn why Millie has been in prison and found herself in such a desperate situation.
All the while, I had the prologue in my mind and was guessing how the plot would play out. This book is not one sided as we then get to see Nina’s perspective before both viewpoints merge for the finale. Wow! The change in perspective is a fab twist and the ending left me feeling satisfied. The chapters are short so the momentum and pace are speedy, enticing me to read one more chapter.
The Housemaid was a gripping thriller and I couldn’t put it down!
The Housemaid: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist by Freida McFadden
“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.
#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.