The Housemaid McFadden, a short but dark tale of housework, passed around and now forgotten, may have been created by Margaret Atwood during her time as a University student and could be an early example of her trademark humour.
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I picked us book without barely even knowing much about it and barely reading the reviews. Lately I’ve been having a hard time finding a book I like! Even paid books or paid Audibles couldn’t hold me. I listened to the sample on Audible and wasn’t into the narration. So I went with the Kindle version and had Alexa read it. This book held my attention from beginning to end. I enjoyed the dual storyline by alternating characters and found myself pleasanglty caught in their little web. It was a treat to finally find a book that I couldn’t put down even with terrible guilt that I had to work! I do not want to say too much because I feel it would give away the story. I do not understand how this is a free book on Kindle Unlimited. This book is too top notch in my opinion. I am now looking for additional books by this author as I really like her style, and happy to add a new writer to my list. You will never regret reading this book!PS If you enjoy this book, you might also like The Wife Between Us, though I haven’t cared for otber books by those authors.
After 10 years in prison, Millie is out, but has hit hard times. No job, no apartment, she lives in her car.When she’s hired by Nina Winchester, she thinks she’s found the dream job. Paid more than she could hope for, she still can’t afford to leave when things start going wrong. Nina Winchester is awful to Millie, Millie’s developed a crush on Nina’s husband & it looks like it’s mutual. Nina seems to enjoy making Millie do extra work, doubt herself & put up with rude behavior. And Nina’s daughter is pretty atrocious, too.The web spins tighter & tighter as the plot thickens & there are some clever twists along the way. I absolutely loved the ending.This is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read in the past six months. McFadden has become one of my favorite authors & for psychological thrillers, she’s keeping me on the edge of my seat.This is a stand-alone but I’d love to see what happens based on the last chapter. I usually can kinda/sorta figure out where a story is going but this one just threw me for a loop. It was so unexpected. I won’t say it’s perfect, there were things near the end that I didn’t understand, like how Millie knew what was behind Nina’s awfulness. It wasn’t explained to her & I guess she was expected to figure it out. But, lest I give it away, I’ll say no more. Psychological thrillers have become my new delicious obsession & if I could find others that had the potential to blow me away with such a clever plot, I’d buy them. I enjoyed this novel so much that I can overlook a couple of places where it got a little draggy & the aforementioned “how did she know”. This is a captivating read.
First of all, I would like to say this book is nicely printed in that the pages were thicker and of better quality paper than your typical paperback. It was an easy read as well. Often, I will find myself having to look back to previous pages to double check information about a character, place or something else in the book. I think that oftentimes authors can get a little carried away on too much “fluff” to fill up space in the overuse of technical information, adjectives and descriptions of people places and things – this book is not like that. It was direct and to the point which makes it the page turner it is.I enjoyed the the writer’s satirical humor – especially at the beginning of the book. I found myself smiling to myself when reading some of Millie’s perceptions of people and situations. The book is a page turner indeed, so much so that I could not put down, I read it in one day but stayed up until 3:30 am. doing so wanting to get to the end. The twists and turns are never ending and I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen next. Some of the other reviews I read said it was predictable and unbelievable. Hmmm, that confuses me a little – how can something be predictable if you couldn’t believe it could happen? As is often the case with fiction writing, some of the situations can seem a bit out of the ordinary, but that’s what makes for interesting reading. As the spouse of a man who has been a cop for over 30 years, believe me when I say I have heard EVERYTHING, but this book took me in a direction I did not foresee. I’m kind of glad I didn’t see it coming because I think if I did it might be a disturbing indication of my own thought process. lolIf you are looking for a quick, entertaining vacation, beach/poolside read, this is a winner.
Amberlyn B –
Freida McFadden is the Agatha Christie of our time, and the Colleen Hoover of psychological thrillers!I’ve been on a Freida McFadden kick for a few months. The Housemaid is my favorite so far. It’s a domestic psychological thriller that seemed similar to most books I love to read, so I had a ton of different guesses throughout the first half of the book. About halfway through, the first real twist came and I never saw it coming. Shortly after, it was like a rollercoaster of unexpected explanations and I couldn’t get enough of it. Highly recommend for fans of Agatha Christie, Lisa Jewel, Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware.
Print MD –
AUGUST 2022 : 5 STARS.DESCRIPTION: 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 herown 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…REVIEW: I’ve heard this book is becoming a movie. Lots of friends reviewed this one; gottapeanow said 90% of her psychological facebook group (of 100K members) rave about this author’s books; she tried this one and gave it 5/5 stars; one of the best twists she has ever read. tamiq also gave 5 stars. pjaye gave it 3 stars and thought it was too far fetched. maryland was hoping to read soon. I was excited since it is compared to The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine which I loved and gave 5 stars. I recently read The Inmate (‘22) and gave it 3 stars and tamiq gave it 5 stars.Eeriness and drama start almost immediately. Nina, the wife , is a real nut job and poor Millie, the housekeeper, is desperate otherwise she would have quit on day 2. The action never stopped! I don’t want to say much more to ruin anything. Very very original plot for me. Some might think the ending was a little too perfect, but I LOVED it – 5 Stars !
Randi Bailey –
This was my very first Frieda McFadden book and it won’t be my last!This book has been recommended all over my bookstagram and I loved it! Upon the first couple chapters, I was completely consumed in this book and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!Just when you think you have it all figured out, the author throws in a curveball that blindsides you and you’re left with your jaw dropped to the floor.The ending left readers wanting more! Will there be a sequel to The Housemaid? I sure hope so!
Don Abraham –
There are books and then there are stories that make you stay up all night and go through 300 odd pages till 4am knowing fully all you have a morning meeting at 7.30am!!Frieda is a revelation and a force to recon with. The style out writing is simple, the nuances of characters beautifully defined,twist and turns ….the mark of a born story teller. Am so tempted to write a plot summary to tell you what you’d be missing if you don’t get your hands on this!A psychological thriller at its best…. A legend is born
Freida hooked me right off the bat! It’s been a good while since I’ve found a book that sucks me in… I loved her writing style!! It was an easy, uncomplicated read without an overwhelming amount of vantage points or characters. A lot of little twists too! I’m excited to read other titles by her.EDIT: I chose Do Not Disturb after reading this title and I am now realizing such similarities in details between the two books. I do love this one better, no doubt, but I feel she copies a lot of details from the other book she wrote before this.
Shamika L –
I initially wanted to wait until my brain was a little less jumbled to post my review, but now I wish I has posted it as soon as I was finished reading as the fire I felt then has cooled off. I’ll try my best to recapture it though.This book was so well developed that I couldn’t get enough, I sped through it, happy to get the gratification of a story starting in the middle. You’ll feel unnerved as soon as you start reading, there’s something tense about the prose, you feel as though you need to look over your shoulder, there’s something there if you just look a little closer…I had no idea where this book was going to go when I first started reading. And that’s okay, I long for books to stupefy me and this delivered. I guessed the twist at about the half way point, but that’s to the author’s credit for making it so believable and realistic. I have to admit, I didn’t truly understand what was happening in the house until it was revealed and I can’t help but cringe as I think about it.With an awesome ending with a bow tied neatly on top, this book begs the question, Can you always trust those you live with?Loved it!!
I found my new favorite author and I have a Love Hate…as with any engaging author! I love her because I can get lost in the story…I hate her because…I get lost in the story! First, I read one of her books in 1 day (The Perfect Son) and another one in a day and a half (you guess)! This means I was glued to my bed- couch – bed. The hate is that – well… I was glued! Also…I Need More from her!So – specifically – the author captures you from the first page. The story is instantly captivating and makes you want to keep reading (hence the late night readings). She keeps the momentum going in 3 ways. First….you are captured by the story that twists and turns. So, you always want to see what is next. Second, she does not get lost in minutia. In other words, every part of the reading has a purpose. For example, she doesn’t go on about the “curvature of the keyboard that Ms. X used…”, or the details of a car ride in a city that I will never be in. For example…”Michael then took route along I-95 that spreads over 20 miles and then transferred to the smaller turnoff of Windsor Lane”. I have seen this other famous authors who spend time explaining what it is like to drive a certain stretch of highway. Instead, I know every part of the story with McFadden has a purpose! Finally, while doing this…the author meets my needs of fulfilling a story without leaving me hanging! In other words, I don’t want to wait 450 – 500 pages for a climax! Her books are reasonable in number of pages and have substories that work themselves out throughout! I may not know who the real killer is until then end. However, there are substories that reveal themselves throughout to keep me moving. It is similar to a TV series with the plot of each week and yet an ongoing thread until the end! (Think Breaking Bad, Law and Order, etc.)