The Housemaid - Freida McFadden review


"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...

Lately I have noticed that I am starting to gravitate more and more towards the thriller genre. No idea why, but I feel like this genre suits me more than YA or Fantasy these days.

I saw "The Help" come up in the brochure, and my interest was immediately piqued. The cover looks very well behaved, which immediately brings me to the adage 'appearances can be deceiving'. I cannot put into words the book and the main character any better.

What a book this was! A rollercoaster of feelings and suspense. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. What a psychological thriller! I can't describe how much I loved this story. I was constantly on the wrong track (which is clearly the author's intention). The characters really provide a "mindfuck" that you sit and read with your mouth open. This story contains one psychological game after another. I found it incredibly exciting and amazing how all the puzzle pieces all fell together nicely at the end.

I personally really loved reading this book. I give it the well-deserved 4.5/5 stars. The half point missing goes to the beginning of the story. I found the beginning a bit slow to get going. But once the story really got going, I flew through the pages at lightning speed.

I definitely recommend it!

About the book:

- Author: Freida McFadden

- Themes: Housekeeping, love, psychological games, ..,

- Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing 

- Published: 08/23/23

- Number of pages: 336 

- ISBN-Code: 9781538742570

- Rating: * * * *'5