Book Review: The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

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The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Genre: Thriller

Emma’s Rating: 5/5 (?????)

The Verdict: Solid domestic thriller

The Housemaid Synopsis

Millie works as a domestic worker for the Winchesters family. She cleans the house, picks up the daughter from school, and cooks meals for the family. Despite their luxurious lifestyle, Millie observes the tension and dysfunction within the family. Millie also expresses a sense of envy towards the wife, Nina, but reassures themselves that the family doesn’t know their true identity or capabilities. A suspenseful and gripping read, similar to other books such as “The Woman in the Window,” “The Wife Between Us,” and “The Girl on the Train.”

***The Housemaid book SPOILERS***

The Housemaid Book Review

I am a true sucker for domestic thrillers. I know many of them are published and can be structurally similar, but they always keep me on my toes. The Housemaid was the same for me. I chose it as my first book for 2023, and I could not be happier. It was a quick-paced story, and I could not put it down. Fortunately, it’s a series, and the next book is coming out on February 20, 2023. 

The way Nina was constantly gaslighting Millie had me fooled the whole time. As typical as it is that it turned out to be the husband, I still was in shock. I fully believed that Nina was clinically insane, and Andrew was doing his best to keep things under control. 

As the story unraveled and we learned more about Andrew’s sick, twisted ways of locking Nina up, I became more invested. It’s unbelievable how he used Cecilia, Nina’s daughter, as a pawn in his operation. While he never hurt her, he threatened Nina multiple times that he would not be afraid to rope her into his schemes. 

The Housemaid was a solid book, and I’m excited for the next book in the series. I hope we get some updates on how Nina is doing now that she has escaped Andrew’s hell. 

P.S. Andrew’s mother is insane; that is a fact. 

As of January 2023, there’s an option to borrow The Housemaid on Kindle Unlimited.