Laura's Pick: The Housemaid by Frieda McFadden
A recently paroled housemaid takes employment with a family that includes a mercurial wife and a dashing husband, who she finds herself falling for.
Nina Winchester needs a live-in maid to cook, clean and occasionally babysit in her posh Long Island home. Millie is currently living in her car and if she doesn’t get a job soon her parole officer will send her back to prison. She is excited when she lands the position and can start the next day. Until the Italian gardener looks at her as she walks to the door on her first day and tells her “danger."
Nina is mercurial. One minute she is nice to Millie, the next minute she is rude and throwing things on the floor for Millie to pick up. All while accusing Millie that she lost or wasn’t careful enough with Nina’s possessions. Nina’s husband is the exact opposite of his wife. Andrew is handsome and as patient as he can be trying to deal with Nina’s erratic behavior. He and Millie hit it off from the beginning and it doesn’t take long for them to feel a spark between them. When Andrew finally asks Nina to move out, Millie thinks her luck has changed.
This is a fast-paced novel that grabbed my attention from day one and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. It was a fun, surprising storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. The ending was my only complaint, it was tied up too neatly but it was satisfying. It kept me on my toes guessing what was going to happen next.
Rating: **** Stars (I really liked it)
Reviewer: Laura, Library Director