The Housemaid by Freida McFadden #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheHousemaid #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @Freida_McFadden @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Housemaid by Freida McFadden, published by Bookouture.


“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.

“From behind closed doors, she sees everything

Well this is a wicked read. A very wicked read indeed! I absolutely LOVED this book. I was immediately hooked and unable to put it down.

Its impossible for me to review this book as in my excitement I could give something away, but I will break it down.

Plot: Nailed it! ✅

Characters: Nailed it! ✅

Execution: Nailed it! ✅

Writing: Nailed it! ✅

Outcome: Nailed it! Absolutely mind blowing! ✅🤯

My first read from McFadden couldn’t have gone any better. What a talent! I can’t wait to read more from her. If there is one book you need to read this year, The Housemaid is it! An outstanding 5 star read all the way!

Thank you to Freida McFadden, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Housemaid, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on The Housemaid. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


#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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