“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…
Book Info: Print length: 318 pages. Publisher: Bookouture. Publication Date: 20 Feb 2023
#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.
Followers of my blog will know how much I loved The Housemaid (see my review here) and that I also featured it in my Top Ten Books of 2022 (see full list here), so I was absolutely over the moon to see that Freida McFadden has written a sequel which will be published in February 2023.
OMG – this book is everything you want from a sequel and more. Millie is back once again “helping” women escape abusive husbands and cleaning their houses at the same time. If you haven’t read The Housemaid – STOP reading this – go buy the first book and marvel at the twisty tale Ms McFadden has created. Whilst this book can absolutely be read as a standalone – WHY WOULD YOU?
Anyway, back to this book, it’s simply fabulous. I loved meeting up with Millie again. It’s been a few years since she left the Winchester family and she’s got a new boyfriend and a fabulous job looking after an uber rich family except due to circumstances beyond her control she gets fired. Now she is desperately looking for a new position when she receives a job offer with the Garrick family in their magnificent and luxurious penthouse. She literally can’t believe her luck.. until she hears Mrs Garrick crying through a closed door and finds spots of blood on her washing.
I’m not going to spoil anything here for you so trust me when I say that The Housemaid’s Secret is as fantastic as The Housemaid.
5 huge shiny stars from me.