Book Review: The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in recent times. It has everything one would need in a book. To start with there is an interesting plot that keeps getting better. The characterisation is beautiful and that keeps getting complicated. There is some domestic drama, movie-like suspense and butterfly-fluttering in-stomach romance. If that is not all this psychological thriller has a jaw-dropping twist to leaving you insanely high and wanting to know more. And then comes part 2 of the series- The Housemaid Secret. No wonder the book is a bestseller and has over 1.70K reviews on Kindle. So, if you like reading thrillers. here is my book review of The Housemaid by Freida McFadden.

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Quick Overview of the Housemaid (Part 1 of the Housemaid book series)

A woman with a criminal past record begins working as a housemaid for a rich family, only to find out later, that they have secrets of their own.

Book Details: The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

Book review of The Housemaid 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. Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house from top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. 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 Andrew, her husband, 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 soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own.

I tried on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it’s like. But she soon found out…and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late. 

I reassure myself though: the Winchesters don’t know who I really am. They don’t know what I’m capable of…

An unbelievably twisty read that will have you glued to the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Woman in the WindowThe Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this down!
  • Full Book Name: The Housemaid 
  • Series: Book 1 of 2: The Housemaid
  • Author Name: Freida McFadden
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (25 April 2023);
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • Amazon buy link:  kindle-The Housemaid  by Freida McFadden, Paperback book link
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About the Author- Freida McFadden

Freida McFadden is #1 Amazon, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author and a practising physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humour novels. She is a highly accomplished author and practising physician who has a unique blend of medical expertise and creative talent. Her impressive combination of skills has made her a major force in the literary world, earning her numerous bestselling titles.

Freida 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!


Book Review of The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

The Housemaid, by Freida McFadden is a domestic violence, psychological thriller novel about a live-in housemaid Millie.

The story starts with something had happened at Winchester’s home & the police who are investigating the scene. Our first protagonist Millie works as a house help for the Winchester family. The initial half is narrated from the point of view of Millie. The girl has spent a good part of her life in jail and is looking to find a decent job and not get fired. Millie narrated the last 3 months’ scenario how she was hired & what strange things she witnessed while working for Family. Especially about Nina Winchester wife of Andrew Winchester.

Andrew Winchester is a man with a lot of money in his bank account. He is a faithful, kind, loving husband, a caring father & no wonder the most handsome person. Millie gets attracted towards Andrew while working for the house. while working she comes to know the past of her family.

The second part of the book The Housemaid is narrated by Nina, Andrew’s wife. She shares her past story and how she got married to Andrew. All the past stories which were narrated/known to Milli are now described by Nina. And with a lot of drama unfolding, the story takes an unexpected twist. something which one would never imagine. A non-droppable book.

Book review The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
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Aspects of the book worth appreciating

  • The characters are well-developed and create a thrilling tension that blurs the lines of good and bad over time. This makes even some unreal events seem very convincing. 
  • The intricacy of the narrative by both protagonists holds our attention till the last page.
  • The second half of the book is enthralling with an unexpected twist.

Possible improvements

  • The initial half is a little slow with ordinary-looking incidents in an interesting plot before the twists start and the story picks up like crazy. The book could be cut short on that or be paced up.
  • The story touches on aspects of mental illness very casually which was not respected by the Author. being a physician herself, she could have made something better with that.

Overall Thoughts on the Book: 

If you have read my book review of The Housemaid by Freida McFadden till here, you would know that The Housemaid is a well-written novel. It is definitely a  popcorn thriller book that is a quick, easy read to keep you hooked till the last page. It is one of the most fun and entertaining psychological thrillers with an amazing set of twists.

The sequel of the book is also available on Kindle Unlimited. And no points for guessing that I couldn’t stop reading that as well. I have also shared my mini-book review of The Housemaid Secrets by Freida McFadden. Do give it a read and let me know your thoughts too.

Rating 5/5 Stars (“;”)


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