Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Housemaid is Watching - Freida McFadden

A Bookworm's World is a stop on today's blog tour for The Housemaid is Watching.

I've seen so many positive reviews of Freida McFadden's suspense novels, so I thought it was about time I read one. Her latest is The Housemaid is Watching. 

McFadden starts off with a prologue guaranteed to hook the reader. We now know what awaits us in further along in the book. What we need now is the who and why...

Millie, her husband Enzo and their two children have just moved into a house on a quiet cul-de-sac. The neighbors are a bit 'off', but that can't take away from their happiness of owning a house at last. Or can it?

McFadden is a master of misdirection. She had me looking at one set of events, while I should have been looking at another. Bravo! I love being unable to predict what is going to happen next in a plot. Almost every chapter ends with foreshadowing, which means I just had to read just another chapter and another. 

Most of the chapters belong to Millie's point of view, but other characters are given a voice as the end of the book draws near. Clues about Millie's past are dropped in as the book progresses. My perception about Millie changed quite a few times as the book continued. It was the same for many other characters as well. McFadden gives us some crazy twists that were unexpected - but very welcomed!

While this was my first McFadden tale, it won't be my last! This would be a great beach read!


Kay said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not only one who has not read a McFadden book, Luanne - ha! I keep having people recommend her work. I'll pick one up soon hopefully. Thanks for your thoughts!

Ethan said...

I haven't read her books yet, but so many reading friends love her. Your review seals the deal! I'm definitely adding her to my TBR

Luanne said...

Hi Kay thanks for stopping in. If you ever get around to one, I’ll be curious to see what you think.

Luanne said...

Hey Ethan, thanks for stopping by. I’ll be curious to hear about your thoughts over one of her books.