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.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 227
Date of Publication: February 20, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
It hasn’t been easy, but Millie has scored another job. She is a housemaid yet again. With her past it hadn’t been easy, especially after having just been fired from her newest employer. She is also currently trying to earn a degree, so hopefully these jobs as a maid can one day be a part of her past.
Although Millie is pleased to get her newest job with the Garricks, things don’t feel right from the very start. For one thing, she only meets and sees Mr. Garrick, with firm instructions to never enter the guest bedroom. He informs Millie that his wife is ailing and that she needs all the rest she can get. Millie finds this strange, but she really needs the job. She shows up whenever she is expected to, following her employer’s orders, but one day things change. She has a strange feeling about Mrs. Garrick and becomes obsessed with wanting to find out whatever she can about the woman she has not met, despite being present in her luxurious apartment day after day.
The Housemaid’s Secret follows Freida McFadden’s intriguing first book in the series, The Housemaid, which came out last year. Although this second book could definitely work as a standalone novel, there is something very specific about Millie. So much so that this reviewer definitely recommends reading the books in order. This will not disappoint. In fact, The Housemaid was an outstanding thriller and would definitely fill in any blanks the reader might have about Millie.
For a satisfying read that throws in some major surprises and plot twists, you can’t go wrong with The Housemaid’s Secret. This is a book that is filled with such intensity that it was a one-sitting read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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