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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Housemaid is Watching

Series: Housemaid #3

Narrators: Lauryn Allman,

Ina Marie Smith

Hachette UK - Bookouture

ISBN: 978-1464221132

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Publication Date: 06/11/2024

Format: Other

My Rating: 5 Stars + (ARC)

A twisting, pulse-pounding thriller from Freida McFadden, the New York Times bestselling author of The Housemaid and The Coworker

“You must be our new neighbors!” Mrs. Lowell gushes and waves across the picket fence. I clutch my daughter’s hand and smile back: but the second Mrs. Lowell sees my husband a strange expression crosses her face. In that moment I make a promise. We finally have a family home. My past is far, far behind us. And I’ll do anything to keep it that way…

I used to clean other people’s houses—now, I can’t believe this home is actually mine. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where my kids can play. My husband and I saved for years to give our children the life they deserve.

Even though I’m wary of our new neighbor Mrs. Lowell, when she invites us over for dinner it’s our chance to make friends. Her maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. I know exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But her cold stare gives me chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on our street. I’m sure I see a shadowy figure watching us. My husband leaves the house late at night. And when I meet a woman who lives across the way, her words chill me to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.

Did I make a terrible mistake moving my family here?

I thought I’d left my darkest secrets behind. But could this quiet suburban street be the most dangerous place of all?

From New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Freida McFadden comes the next installment of the unbelievably twisty, tension-packed and globally bestselling Housemaid series. This book can be enjoyed as a standalone read: and once you start, it will have you up all night racing through the pages until the final explosive twist.


My Review

Holy Cannoli!

Millie is back, better than ever.

NYT bestselling author Freida McFadden (a favorite) returns with her popular Housemaid series The Housemaid #1, The Housemaid's Secret #2, with her latest, THE HOUSEMAID IS WATCHING #3 —where we catch up with the former housemaid we all love, now all GROWN UP with a husband and children, a beautiful home, family, and her own housekeeper.

However, her past comes back to haunt her when someone learns of her past secrets in this deliciously wicked, twisty thriller written with the author's signature dark humor!


Millie (former housemaid) is happily married to hunky Enzo, and they have two children (Nico and Ada). She is so excited to be moving into their new home, Number 14 Locust Street (Long Island— a little cul-de-sac with two other houses.

Her husband knows about her past, but of course, not her children. She has to pinch herself to believe she is finally living the life she has always dreamed of.

There is a house across the street, Number 13 and someone is staring at her from the window. Who is watching? Do they know about her past?

Welcome to the neighborhood. Let the games begin...

The neighborhood is strange as Suzette and Jonathan Lowell are next door and Suzette is a flirt (with Enzo). Their maid (Martha) gives Millie strange looks. Enzo is in the landscaping business, and Suzette is in real estate, so Enzo says she can refer clients to him.

However, things get intense when Enzo hires the same housekeeper (the one next door) to help out his wife. Millie does not trust her. Enzo likes helping out women in need since he could not save his sister in the past.

Then things become intense with Nico, their son, and the neighbor's house. Things are not as they seem. The kids have secrets from their parents. What are they afraid of?

Then there is a MURDER next door. Who is the killer? What is going on next door? What happens behind closed doors? Did they make a big mistake moving to this neighborhood?

My thoughts...

THE HOUSEMAID IS WATCHING is one of my favorites, and Freida McFadden is once again at the top of her game with this dynamite domestic thriller that keeps you on the edge with one twist after another. I enjoyed this cleverly written murder mystery, how all the storylines collided, and the connection between the characters. A fantastic series.

Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying!

From chilling secrets, lies, deception, and a murder mystery, the author dazzles and hooks you from the Prologue to the Epilogue with this fun psychological thriller with a well-developed cast of characters! Destined to fly off the shelves.

I loved the dark humor. You will root for Millie, Enzo, Nico, and Ada all the way to the end! Loved Ada (she takes after her mom). Another 5 STARS + hit! McFadden fans will devour THE HOUSEMAID IS WATCHING! I hope we see more of Millie and her family in the future.


A cracker of a read! I highly recommend this to McFadden fans and those of this series, as well as fans of Kaira Rouda and Jeneva Rose. (all favs).

Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy for an honest review.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 5 Stars +

Pub Date: June 11, 2024

About the Author

New York Times, Amazon Charts, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, and she is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida 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.

To hear Freida talk more about herself in the third person, visit her website:







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