“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…
An unbelievably twisty read that will have you glued to the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this down!
Read what everyone’s saying about The Housemaid:
“I got severe whiplash from the twistiest turns… Every time I thought I had it figured out… WRONG!!!… I am still reeling… outstanding… If you love a top notch psychological thriller that will have you questioning your own sanity, then this 5 star read is for you.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What a wild ride!!! Freida definitely delivered the best twisty ending… Gripping from start to finish… honestly, I just could not put it down… An absolutely mind-blowing shocker that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat literally until the very end.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“One wild ride!… So many twists and turns… I was hooked right away – I even read my Kindle while waiting in my kid’s school pick-up line so I wouldn’t have to put this book down!… addictive… pure perfection!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow!!!… Blimey! What a roller coaster ride this was! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat!… Superb book!… Fantastic ending!!!!… I highly recommend… fantastic… Big fat 5 stars from me.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“SO GOOD… I didn’t want to put it down! I read 70% in one sitting… I was on the edge of my seat… you will not see the ending coming! Drop what you are doing and pick up this book!” @Thriller_book_sisters, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“You will NOT believe the direction this book takes… A jaw-dropping twist… A truly stunning thriller that I could not read quickly enough.” @carriereadsthem_all, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I was obsessed with this story… couldn’t get through the story fast enough… I was continuously gasping or saying “noooooo” out loud.” Sarah in Readerland
“I could NOT put it down!… An incredible roller-coaster ride… This book left me hungry for more and I could not believe the ending!!” Goodreads reviewer,⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Terrific! Finished The Housemaid in one night, totally compulsively readable… the ending packs a wallop!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was my first book by this author (Late to the party, I know). But having read her, I’m a fan.
I loved this book, and it’s the first one for a long time that I couldn’t put down. The storyline was great, but the writing was sublime. I’m sure other reviewers have given an overview of the plot. So I’d like to just talk about the writing.
What made this great was the conversational style. It was like doing the school run and getting chatting with one of the mums, and her telling you a story about one of the other mums—but not in a gossiping way, as if she really cares. The style is so easy-reading—but don’t be fooled into thinking that the plot is simple—it isn’t.
I loved the characters, and the style. The location is good, and well described so you can place yourself there. The dialogue flows, and never seems forced or stilted.
But the pace and description are just fantastic. One page, leads to the next, to the next and you want to stop to go to sleep, but the book won’t let you.
This lady knows her craft and I will definitely be reading more from her.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 12 May 2023
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 12 May 2023
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.