The Housemaid By Freida McFadden Review

The Housemaid By Freida McFadden Review

About The Housemaid (From Amazon)

“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

About Freida McFadden (From Amazon)

#1 Amazon and USA TODAY 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…

My Review Of The Housemaid By Freida McFadden

Disclaimer: Some spoilers ahead.

I just want to start by saying OH MY GOD!

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I read about this book when a fellow blogger review it and it sounded like something I would enjoy. Oh boy, was I right! I talked about The Housemaid by Freida McFadden in another post and promised to review it so here is the official review for The Housemaid by Freida McFadden.

I thought I would share the good and the bad separately and then share some general/overall thoughts in the conclusion. It will probably be easier for you guys to follow as the reader.

The Good

I have to start by saying that there was so much good in this book. And I think it is the best fiction novel I have read in years. Like it was that good. The book is written in three parts. In the first part we see everything from Millie (the maids) perspective. The second part is from Nina’s point of view. And the last part is from both their points of views. It alternates between Millie and Nina.

The plot was very interesting. When I decided I wanted to review The Housemaid by Freida McFadden I knew I would have to talk about the plot. That is what drew me to the book to begin with. As most of my readers know by now, I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers. And I have read a lot of books in that genre. But this one kept me hooked in a way that no book/movie/tv show has in a long time. The plot was really unique and the twist in the middle was very original. I knew there was a twist because I read some reviews on Amazon but it still shocked me to my core. In a million years I would no have expected that twist.

The book is not too long. At least it wasn’t for me. It is a little over 300 pages and I read it in about two hours. And I read it non-stop because I literally could not put it down. If you do end up reading this book plan accordingly because it is a book you will not be able to stop reading in between.

I really enjoyed the characters. But I didn’t feel any particular connection to most of them. I don’t know why since I usually feel very connected to characters I like. There are three main characters. Nina and Andrew Winchester and Millie their newly hired maid. All three bring so much to the book and they are fantastically written by the author. You definitely feel what the writer wants you to feel about them. The writer sort of manipulates you through the characters. It’s like a rollercoaster journey. Nina’s character more than anything really made me feel a million different emotions.

The Bad

I don’t have too much to complain about because like I said I absolutely loved the book. The only thing I did not particularly enjoy was the first few chapters of the book. But there’s a reason for that so don’t freak out just yet!

So the book starts out really slow. I feel like the first few chapters really drag on. And not much happens. All you see is Millie being tortured by Nina for apparently no reason and Andrew making her life a little better. When you read the other two thirds of the books, the first one third of it makes total sense. But before you read it you may be a bit confused. And you may find the slow pace a little boring.

Compared to the slow paced beginning, I found the end a little rushed. I would have preferred it if the start was a little shorter and faster and the author spent more time on the last few chapters.


This book made me feel shock, anger, different levels of depression, betrayal, sympathy, joy and every other feeling you can imagine. It made me feel exactly what a good book should make you feel- everything and then some.

Overall, this book was an amazing read. To be honest, I had kind of gotten out of the habit of reading but this book brought me back. I absolutely got so invested in the story especially after first one third of the book. Everything happened so fast I could not stop reading.

I loved the way the book ended and I am so excited to read the sequel. I’ve already preordered it on Amazon. Never have I ever preordered anything but this I knew I needed to.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers. I would not recommend this to anyone who is squeamish because there are some very disturbing revelations in the book. It may be too much to handle for some people.

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36 responses to “The Housemaid By Freida McFadden Review”

  1. Hmm, it sounds quite interesting. I just bought a kindle version of it and maybe I will read it during the holiday season. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I really loved the plot and let me know when you’ve read it.

  2. Sounds like a definite good read Pooja. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks so much, it really was.

  3. Adding it to my TBR!!! Sounds like it’s right up my alley!!!!

    1. You HAVE to read it, it’s amazing!

  4. Quite a comprehensive review (as promised)! Your review has definitely aroused our interest to order a copy and start reading this “unputdownable” thriller novel. You haven’t disclosed much about the story, and it is a good strategy to keep us guessing.
    Thanks for sharing this review, Pooja.

    1. Thank you so much. It is one of the best thriller books I have read in a long time. I tried to keep the twists a secret because it would absolutely ruin the book for everyone if they knew.

  5. I skimmed through the bit with spoilers but the first few paragraphs and what you said about it in ine of your recent posts convinced me!! Adding it to my TBR right now 😁

    1. It’s wonderful, you won’t be disappointed. Let me know when you read it!

  6. Now i can’t wait to read this book, thank you for the review, pooja💗

    1. Thanks, and let me know if you read it. I loved it 😬

      1. Yeah suree!!

  7. Thanks for sharing this my friend 🙂
    I shall see it on Amazon/Flipkart 😁
    How many books do you read/per month?
    I’m reading and enjoying self help books these days.

    1. I would like to share my few favourite books with you, if you allow

      1. Absolutely, I’m always looking for recommendations 😊

    2. It depends on the month lol. Some months I am busy so I only read like 1-2 books but when I have more time I try to read 4-6 books.

  8. Love it when a book captivates me like that! So glad it got you back into reading!

    1. Thanks and I was so happy to find this book too!

  9. I haven’t read this book but it’s seems really interesting.

    1. Yeah it was so good, one of the best thrillers I’ve read.

  10. Thanks for the thorough book review. The author sounds like she lives in an ideal location for psychological thriller inspiration…

    1. Thanks so much and yeah lol it does.

  11. Great review! That’s my kind of reading…

    1. Thanks! It’s a fantastic book. Such a crazy plot!

      1. I love psychological thrillers!

        1. Same here!

  12. We are now all living in an age of the “psychological thriller “.
    Many, however, aren’t paying attention. Too intense/stressful. 😏

    1. Haha very true.

  13. You sold me! Added to my TBR.

    1. Let me know when you read it, I am sure you’ll love it.

  14. I enjoyed this review, and you made me want to read the book! Adding it to my list of books I want to buy!

    1. Thanks so much, it’s a fantastic book!

  15. […] this one so as to better understand the plot. Feel free to read my review of The Housemaid by clicking here. Lastly, The Housemaid’s Secret By Freida McFadden review although minimal contains spoilers […]

  16. You did a great review. The book sounds really good. I love psychological thrillers as well.

    1. Thanks so much. I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s one of the best thriller novels I’ve read.

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