Blog Tour Review, The Housemaid’s Secret

The Housemaid’s Secret
Freida McFadden

318 pages
published February 20, 2023

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About the book

The Housemaid’s Secret: A totally gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist.

“Don’t go in the guest bedroom.” A shadow falls on Douglas Garrick’s face as he touches the door with his fingertips. “My wife… she’s very ill.” As he continues showing me their incredible penthouse apartment, I have a terrible feeling about the woman behind closed doors. But I can’t risk losing this job—not if I want to keep my darkest secret safe…

It’s hard to find an employer who doesn’t ask too many questions about my past. So I thank my lucky stars that the Garricks miraculously give me a job, cleaning their stunning penthouse with views across the city and preparing fancy meals in their shiny kitchen. I can work here for a while, stay quiet until I get what I want.

It’s almost perfect. But I still haven’t met Mrs Garrick, or seen inside the guest bedroom. I’m sure I hear her crying. I notice spots of blood around the neck of her white nightgowns when I’m doing laundry. And one day I can’t help but knock on the door. When it gently swings open, what I see inside changes everything…

That’s when I make a promise. After all, I’ve done this before. I can protect Mrs Garrick while keeping my own secrets locked up safe.

Douglas Garrick has done wrong. He is going to pay. It’s simply a question of how far I’m willing to go…

This absolutely explosive and shockingly twisty sequel to international bestseller The Housemaid will keep you racing through the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose, The Woman in the Window and Gone Girl will be totally hooked! This book can also be enjoyed as a standalone.

My Review

I love her writing style.  Before I mention anything specific about this book, I think her books are so easy to read.  Once you start reading, you are drawn into the story with an ease that keeps you reading.  That is worth its weight in gold.  It doesn’t matter the plot or the characters, I want to keep reading.  I read this one in two sittings.  And only stopped because I had dinner plans that I could not break.

Now onto the book.  First I agree that this could be read as a standalone book.  The story of Millie, Wendy and Douglas is complete.  But I would be remiss to not mention that I think it adds to enjoyment having read book one first.

Now how to tell you about this one without spoiling anything.  Like Freida is known for, this one is a twisty tale with many big and small twists that happen throughout the book.  A few I did see coming, but not most of them.  That easy writing style lulls you into the story.  When I read a thriller especially when I am reading one that will be twisty, I am on high alert watching for everything little tell and suspecting everyone of being dishonest.  And still Freida pulled the wool over my eyes.  Kudos to her!

I like Millie, but that stems from The Housemaid.  She is a strong willed, powerful woman.  Even when she is being less than honorable, I root for her to come out on top.  I can’t explain it as I’ve disliked other characters for less flaws.

I really suggest not knowing much about this or any of the author’s books before you read them if you like the element of surprise and don’t want to be tipped off.  If you have not picked up one of her books, this one is a great one to start with, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.  While I think the book is the whole package, the twists really push my enjoyment over the top.  If you like thrillers that keep you guessing until the last page, you will love this book.

About the author

#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.

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