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The Housekeeper [BOOKS] ✪ The Housekeeper By Suellen Dainty – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk For fans of Notes on a Scandal and The Woman Upstairs a gripping and voyeuristic novel of psychological suspense about a woman who becomes the housekeeper for a London power couple only to discover a For fans of Notes on a Scandal and The Woman Upstairs a gripping and voyeuristic novel of psychological suspense about a woman who becomes The Housekeeper for a London power couple only to discover a world of secrets and lies far disturbing than she could ever have imagined “I am The Housekeeper the hired help with a messy past who cleans up other people’s messy lives the one who protects their messy little secrets” A sous chef at a leading London restaurant and the girlfriend of its handsome owner Anne Morgan used to be happy fulfilled And then the handsome owner left her for another woman Now lonely depressed and unemployed Anne discovers that Emma Helmsley England’s answer to Martha Stewart is in need of a housekeeper And Anne is in desperate need of a uiet place to recover Through her books website and blog Emma advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life in a hectic world Her husband Rob is a high profile academic On the surface they are the perfect couple even managing to raise two teenagers and still maintain an aura of glamour Working for the Helmsley’s Anne discovers she is very good at cleaning up the messes busy successful people leave behind Perhaps too good Underneath the dust grime and whimsical clutter Anne slowly begins to see that Rob and Emma have dark secrets But their lives have become hers their home her sanctuary and they will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden even if it means hurting the one person they rely on most The Housekeeper is a nuanced and nail biting psychological thriller about the dark recesses of the human mind and the dangerous conseuences of long buried secrets.


10 thoughts on “The Housekeeper

  1. Meredith Meredith says:

    Updated The Housekeeper is described as a nail biting psychological thriller It is far from it Nothing much happens in this book; however it is an interesting and intense character study about a woman who is trying to come to terms with her past Anne Morgan has an obsessive personality Having no family she desperately latches onto to whoever is in her life When her boyfriend who also happens to be her boss her world comes crashing down The only small shred of happiness in her life are the daily affirmation emails she receives from Emma Helmsley an English version of Martha StewartOprah While stalking Emma on instragram Anne comes across a post that will change her life She eventually becomes the Helmsley’s housekeeper and immerses herself into the family She transfers her obsession with Anton onto Emma her husband Mark and their two children Her love for the family blinds her to their flaws until it is too late Anne builds the Helmsely’s up as perfect and protects their secrets until they steal her own I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  2. Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books) Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books) says:

    I have to say I really didn't like this book I feel bad because I wanted to like it but I just couldn't I know that authors put a ton of work into their books so I'm going to do my best to look at this book critically but also respectfullyThe Housekeeper is about a woman named Anne who has a job as a high profile chef at a popular London restaurant When she learns her long term boyfriend the head chef at the restaurant is cheating on her she uits her job Too embarrassed to continue working in the culinary scene she takes a job as the house cleaner to popular lifestyle blogger Emma and her husband Rob Eventually she learns that everyone is keeping secrets but that Rob might be the key to helping her understand her past through helping her find out who her father was The Housekeeper was positioned at a nail biting psychological thriller and I can't disagree with that statement enough Not only was it not nail biting I wouldn't even consider it a thriller It was barely even a mystery The only outstanding uestion was who Anne's father was She'd never met him and her mother died when she was young so she never knew Other than that nothing happened in the book The entire first half was Anne leaving her job starting the new job and talking about how much she loved the family There was zero suspense because there was no aspect of the book that hinged on a big reveal No murder no kidnapping no stalkersnothing To be honest if this hadn't been a book I'd received from Netgalley I wouldn't have finished it and I rarely don't finish a book so that says a lot The characters were okay I liked Anne but couldn't stand her best friend Jude She was incredibly negative and unsupportive and constantly criticized Anne for working as a housekeeper I get wanting the best for your friend but they didn't have any conversations that weren't centered on Jude putting Anne down Emma seemed off which made her hard to like She had no idea what was going on in her children's lives and basically pretended to be the perfect homemaker even though she hires someone else to do the cooking and cleaning and is super scatterbrainedLastly the writing felt really hard for me to get through and I can't put my finger on why I normally read really uickly but here I felt like I was trudging through the book super slowly The sentence structure was fine so it wasn't the grammar but there was something about the flow and the word choices that just felt off There were many pages at a time there there'd be no dialogue for 3 5 pages which felt unnecessary too The last 20% of the book was easier to read there were two twists toward the end of the book but the first was such a small piece of the story and had no bearing on any other event or even on Anne's life It didn't directly impact her at all The second was so far toward the end of the book that it felt irrelevant at that point and felt like it was thrown in to give closure to the story This really wasn't the book for me so I hope it's a better fit if you choose to read it Unfortunately I can't say I'd recommend this one Thank you to Netgalley the author and the publisher for an advanced copy of the book It was my pleasure to provide an honest review The Housekeeper has an expected publication date of February 28 2017


  3. Sam (Clues and Reviews) Sam (Clues and Reviews) says:

    The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty was not what I was expecting This novel although marketed as a thriller read instead like a piece of contemporary fiction I continuously felt like I was waiting for something big to happen Let me break it down The novel focuses on Anne Morgan A woman who has it all a successful handsome boyfriend and an elite job in a restaurant Until all of a sudden she doesn’t After her boyfriend leaves her for someone else Anne ends up becoming a housekeeper to one of her idols Emma Emma writes a lifestyle blog that Anna religiously follows Perfect on the surface as Emma begins working with the family she begins to find all their secrets and realizes that even the most prominent families have things they want buried This one suggested it its synopsis on Goodreads that it is “nail biting” This was not the case It is not a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat It is very slow paced and truly not a whole heck of a lot happens I must however applaud Dainty for her writing skills; although the plot missed the mark for me I was engaged in her writing style I had no problems getting through this book; it just was not what I was expecting I was also a fan of the characterization; I really like Anne and Emma I loved the development between Anne and the family as she begins to obsess over them I also loved her struggle to find her identity of her birth father It was these little “extras” that kept me reading long after I stopped hoping something exciting would happen If you are wanting a thriller that will keep you flipping the pages and on the edge of your seat this will not be your choice However if you want a well written piece of fiction that will engage you then by all means The Housekeeper would be a solid selection Overall I gave it a 25 stars


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty is a psychological thriller indeed but not one of the whippet fast racing heart variety but that's okay More than okay in fact because after reading a couple of those recently I felt that I needed something a little subtle a little uietly threatening perhaps? In my opinion that was exactly what Suellen Dainty provided in The Housekeeper It wasn't IN YOUR FACE SHOCK HORROR but WATCH AS I SLOWLY AND TORTUROUSLY UNRAVEL THE SECRETS AND WATCH HOW THEY FALL LIKE DOMINOES EFFECTING ALL WHO ARE INVOLVEDIn Suellen Dainty's The Housekeeper readers are introduced to Anne Morgan Still nursing her wounds after a devastating split from her boyfriend who also just happens to be her boss making things difficult than they perhaps need to be Anne is on the hunt for a new job A new life even She needs something new and exciting to throw herself into to take her mind off everything elseEnter Emma Helmsley well known and popular bloggerauthormodern day miracle worker Through her various social media platforms Emma guides women all over the world and teaches them how to keep a balanced happy and healthy lifestyle When Anne stumbles upon a vacancy to become the Helmsley's housekeeper she can't believe her luck It is almost too good to be true Nevertheless she applies hoping that the cards will be in her favour And dear readers it turns out that they are Before she knows it Anna is appointed as the brand new Helmsley housekeeperIt doesn't take long for the perfectly presented surface which Emma Helmsley shows to the outside world to reveal its deep and ugly cracks After all there is nothing in life that is ever so perfect is there? And the author Suellen does this is the most subtle unnerving and compelling of ways It uickly becomes clear that not only do the Helmsley's have their secrets tucked away tight but Anne has a few of her own too I couldn't wait for these tasty little morsels to be revealed and despite being left hanging for a uite while when the plot did deliver it did so spectacularly There was just so much for me to keep my eye on while reading so much so I could hardly bear to look away for fear of missing something vital Emma intrigued me throughout this novel and so did her husband Rob Each character seemed to be keeping something from me and I loved how the author slowly but surely revealed the information I was so desperate to find outAlthough not what would be described as a full on thriller nowadays this novel certainly had that pull that comes with the genre It was dark bordering on obsession and mystery and something new to learn about someone with every new chapter I loved the whole aspect of Emma relying so heavily on social media to ensure her life looked immaculate to any onlookers Sadly I think it's something that happens often than not these days so it was a very true topic to include within the bookAll in all The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty was an intriguing novel about secrets truths and what really goes on behind closed doors despite how flawless things may seem on the outside I was hooked from page one and found myself racing through the pages simply to discover about such a complex group of people Emma's teenagers Lily and Jack included A tantalisingly secretive novel delving deep into a household that is nowhere near as perfect as it appears to be on the surfaceWith thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book


  5. Karen Brown Karen Brown says:

    Lush and suspenseful just my kind of book A housekeeper immersed in the household of a shining celebrity couple is haunted by memories of her childhood


  6. Amy Amy says:

    The Housekeeper was an interesting but unfortunately not easy to enjoy readThis novel is no thriller though it's marketed as one and there's no mystery in it The main characters are AnneEmma Rob and Theo Anne starts off as a successful chef but her partner cheats on her and she leaves her job for her emotional wellbeing Being obsessed about Emma an author who writes Blogs and uotes on time management I seriously didn't get why Emma was so busy all the time and why was she so messy in real life Anne applys for the job of house help and gets selected Then we see Annes dull life at the house where she's a glorified servant who salvates for some affection from Emma who's her girl crush and Rob again a crush which I fail to understand Through Anne we see the messy life's of people in limelight the lies the relationships and carefully projected images of successful and happy lives while it's all an illusion Annes the one person who sees and experiences the selfishness of these high brow crowd and still remains obsessed in them The lure of the bright plumage of a hunting animal came to my mind when Anne was manipulated by Emma and Rob Theo is one of those character sketches than a character with some substance Ofcourse the whole betrayal of Anne and her own past is for the reader to find on his own and I am not going to mention anything about it here but even that was nothing shocking The ending I was disappointed with the ending I had made peace with the very slow pace lack of mystery and the overall slowness of the book thinking that atleast towards the end it will be satisfying but the end was abrupt and I was left with many unanswered uestions Why did I read all of the book if it was going to end ins such a haphazard mannerIt was not at all a fast read Dragged on and on with no end and then came suddenly to and end


  7. Mary Mary says:

    I really enjoyed this book It is not really a thriller and shouldn't even be called that It's of a contemporary story about people And food Complicated lives and relationships Secrets lies and deceit Well developed characters interesting plot This book has it all


  8. Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) says:

    Anne is a chef happy in her job and in her relationship with the restaurant's owner Anton When Anton admits to an affair her world crumbles around her She loses her boyfriend and her job in one short night and doesn't know what she is going to do Following the blog of Emma Helmsley England's Martha Stewart she finds they need a housekeeper Feeling as if she needs to stay away from the restaurant business for a while as to avoid any awkwardness she applies and is hired immediately As she pours her heart and soul into the family and their house she feels herself becoming a part of the family and not just someone who works for them But the closer she gets to them the secrets she learns and in return the she lets them learn about her Eventually the past comes to the surface secrets come out and she has to make a decisionThis book states on the back that it is a nail biting psychological thriller I didn't find it to be either It read completely as a contemporary novel to me instead I enjoyed Anne as a character and understood her need for organization and being a part of something that made her feel useful The family nuances were intriguing and realistic The relationship between Anne and the Helmsley's was well built and you could understand Anne's point of views in wanting to protect them over time However the pace was a bit slow for me I didn't feel like anything really happened until about half way through and even then I found myself losing interest and my mind wandering I was told by other readers that this wasn't really a thriller so I went in not expecting the suspenseful psychological thriller that it appeared to be in its blurb However I still felt a bit slighted that it wasn't Please note that as a contemporary novel that builds on the slow build of complicated relationships that happen through the wants of both parties but for different reasons it is well written While this didn't uite hit my book love button for those who do cater to contemporary fiction novels this would be a good read for you I just happen to prefer my books a bit fast paced and with a bigger punch


  9. Cleopatra Pullen Cleopatra Pullen says:

    I’ve recently re discovered the thrill of the slower psychological suspense books where the thrills are gained from understanding a character rather than focussing on twists and turns There is of course a place for both types of books not least on my own bookshelf but I think the former leaves a longer lasting impression than the latter where the enjoyment is often in the thrill of the ride The Housekeeper was one of those books that crept up on me through Anne’s eyesAnne Morgan has just been dumped by her boyfriend a charismatic chef worse still he was her boss After doing the reuisite moping around resisting her friend’s attempts to get her back in the kitchen she has an epiphany For weeks she has been following Emma Helmsley a lifestyle blogger and her daily tips have motivated Anne almost as much as she has spent her adulthood referencing Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management and the solution seems simple she will become Emma Helmsley’s housekeeperNow I don’t know about you but I feel somewhat ueasy about someone poking around in my drawers and I’m no lifestyle blogger holding myself up as the perfect organiser but Emma is in dire need of help The rather disorganised household consists of herself her husband Rob an academic who is in the midst of writing a book about a pioneer psychologist and their teenage children Lily and JakeAnne has her work cut out for her there is plenty of clutter to sort out in the house and as we all know no sooner is one mess sorted out than another appears but she’s enjoying the slower pace no fifteen hour days in a busy kitchen It doesn’t take long for the façade the couple present as they network their way around London to be revealed for something else entirelyThe Housekeeper had me gripped because of the characters; I was fascinated by Anne’s choices and although they wouldn’t have been mine her background made them entirely plausible As for the family well all four were eually fascinating although Emma was freuently in the picture than the others A special shout out has to go to the friend Julie who was that voice of reason often lacking in psychological fiction but will her voice be loud enough?The whole book was written assuredly the author really making her mark by painting a picture of the house itself Anne’s flat and the mundane bus rides home at night bringing to life the minutia of a young woman’s life while keeping the pace absolutely steady thereby avoiding that deadly speeding up and slowing down jerkiness The steady pace also allowed me to absorb the excerpts that headed up each chapter which changed from Mrs Beeton’s household tips to Emma’s motivational statement to parts from Rob’s book about the pioneer psychologist who treated those with disorders outside the traditional hospital environmentI’m not going to give any of the plot away but suffice to say there is an interesting look at a subject that isn’t often tackled and refreshingly it was done without the usual hullabaloo The Housekeeper’s very strength the almost reserved way that the truth is revealed and interestingly it isn’t all focussed on one character aloneThis book made for a totally satisfying weekend read with plenty to ponder and wonder about when I wasn’t salivating over the descriptions of the food maybe a housekeeper would be nice after all


  10. Laurel-Rain Laurel-Rain says:

    When Anne Morgan’s successful boyfriend—who also happens to be her boss—leaves her for another woman Anne finds herself in desperate need of a new job and a uiet place to recover Meanwhile her celebrity idol Emma Helmsley England’s answer to Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey is in need of a housekeeper an opportunity which seems too good to be trueThrough her books website and blog Emma Helmsley advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life in a hectic world Her husband Rob is a high profile academic and her children Jake and Lily are well adjusted teenagers On the surface they are the perfect family But Anne soon finds herself intimately ensconced in the Helmsley’s dirty laundry both literally and figuratively Underneath the dust grime and whimsical clutter everyone has a secret to hide And Anne’s own disturbing past soon threatens to unhinge everythingMy Thoughts In the beginning The Housekeeper seemed to be a book about one young woman’s love gone wrong and how she found a way to start over as a domestic helper for a famous blogger and her psychologist husbandBut soon we are swept up into a gradual process of enmeshment as the Helmsley family come to expect and from Anne while making it seem as though they are doing her a favor by making her feel like family But Anne does not notice the subtle expectations since she admires Emma and Rob and the life they have created and being a part of it all feels so goodWhen Anne has some memory flashes it seems natural that she would ask her boss the psychologist for his opinions What will happen next? Will the horrors of her childhood change everything about the life she has recreated?I was blown away by how the story played out and could not stop reading it I was furious with Emma and Rob and how they played on Anne’s need for family They seemingly brought her into the cozy circle that was developing between them when in fact they were using her to carry out the façade of the perfect familyprofessional couple She did a good job of glossing over their imperfections by keeping their lives running smoothly and what they gave her in return was betrayalSkillfully wrought the story aroused emotions kept me engaged and left me with much to think about In the end there was a sense of closure that I didn’t see coming and it felt good A 5 star read for me


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