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The Housewife

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,194 ratings  ·  189 reviews
“There’s no place like home” – that’s what I tell myself as I pull another flawless meal from the oven. This perfect house on a quiet street was supposed to be my sanctuary, a place to recover. But everything changed the moment I saw that woman in the charity shop. She triggered something dark, buried deep within my memory…

Now I’ve started forgetting small things, like l
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published February 27th 2019 by Bookouture (first published February 25th 2019)
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Berit Talks Books
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compelling story brimming with an impending sense of doom!

Valerie Keogh has constructed a tale fraught with tension and deceit. A slow burnner page Turner with an addictive storyline. Lost memories? A stalker? I am in!

Diane is the seemingly perfect housewife, loving husband, adorable daughter, beautiful home. BUT as we all know nothing ever is quite as it seems. Diane has just recovered from a psychological breakdown and still is missing pieces of her memory. As Diane takes care of her home a
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She squeezed her eyes shut for a moment. This wasn't possible. Opening them, she looked across the road, squinting to make out the details. It was her, the woman from the shop, staring directly at her; the same navy coat, the same sleek bob she had admired. It was definitely her.

Disbelief and a sudden choking fear made her jerk back, the mug falling from her hands, hot coffee spilling as it fell. Ignoring it, and swallowing the lump in her throat, she reached for the blind cord with sh
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Being someone who reads a ton of books sometimes I find that while a story seems a bit familiar it still ends up being an extremely entertaining read. The Housewife by Valerie Keogh is one of those psychological thrillers that may not have seemed overly original but still pulled me in and kept the pages turning.

What we begin with is Diane who to a stranger would be a housewife with a wonderful life but things are not always what they seem. Diane is actually recovering from a break down that she
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Housewife by Valerie Keogh is an interesting book, a bit different which is nice. First of all it has a gorgeous cover! I really got into this story of mental illness, family and trust. It wasn't completely obvious who was messing with Diane's Mandy mind. My only real complaint was that the ending was a bit rushed compared to the rest of the book. But other than that I really liked it.

Diane and Paul used to be a happy couple. They have their daughter and a lovely home and Paul makes good mon
Julie (JuJu)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Short Summary:
A thrilling plunge into a domestic nightmare...packed with lies and betrayal!

My thoughts:
Welcome to my stop on the *Review Only* Tour! I jumped at the opportunity to read THE HOUSEWIFE and I’m so excited to be part of this #PromoTour!

Thanks to @nholten40 @bookouture and @ValerieKeogh1 for this opportunity, in exchange for my honest review!

This story centers around Diane—a woman who is trying to hold her life together after a breakdown and brief stay at a clinic.
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Oh dear, I didn't enjoy this at all. It went downhill pretty damn quickly and after that, I skim read for the rest of it. This is one of the most repetitive books I have ever had the displeasure of encountering. and that's putting it politely. I honestly have no idea how this managed to get past editors and be published, but each to their own I guess. It was extremely simplistic in terms of the storyline and sharper minds will find there is not enough going on to keep them challenged. Then we co ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it

Hey, soooo Diane is suffering from memory loss leading up to this story ( so her memory is fine now just not of previous months ) and she starts seeing a woman following her....then keeps thinking she hears a baby cry....her husband becomes more distant yet controlling and basically her life is unravelling, she tries to keep it together for her daughter and even takes a job in a charity shop.....this lasts all of a day as she faints!, her life unravels more but who is doing these things and why
Aga Durka
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I was really excited to dig into this novel. The synopsis sounded really good and I was expecting to be sitting on the edge of my seat while reading this book...Well it turns out it was not my cup of tea (*sight*). However I need to be honest and say that I am rarely happy with mystery/thriller/suspense novels...It seems that my taste in this genre is a little too demanding or I am just a reader that is hard to satisfy. There are not a lot of books out there in this genre that I would give 5 sta ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Diane has a loving husband an adorable daughter and appears to have a happy content life but is actually recovering from a break down and is still missing parts of her memory.Soon Diane starts noticing strange things around her and and a mystery stalker that keeps showing up making Diane believe that she might be losing her mind.

The Housewife by Valerie Keogh is really good psychological fast addictive read which I enjoyed but felt the ending was a little rushed. Overall a fun entertaining read
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the fastest reads in recent times. The book started with Diane living her routine life as a housewife caring for her husband, child and maintaining her home. On the surface, it all seemed ideal, but Diane was different, there was a gap in her memory. She couldn't remember a few months of her life, she had blackouts... Till she started hearing a child cry, and a mystery woman seemed to be stalking her. Was she remembering something or was she losing her mind?

Valerie Keogh's writin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane and her husband have a perfect marriage, perfect home, and perfect little girl. But Diane’s breakdown caused a rift in their relationship, and no matter how hard she tries, she feels him drifting further away.

As Diane enrolls their little one in preschool, she sees a mysterious woman. Diane begins to unravel, growing increasingly more erratic in her behavior. She drinks more, sleeps less, and becomes suspicious of her husband, and feels the mystery woman is trying to cause Diane to relaps
Roma Sharma
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This is an engrossing book. It’s is a little slow and repetitive in the beginning but yet the need to keep reading and trying to understand what happened is unavoidable. Diane’s past is very mysterious, you keep reading more and yet have no idea what happened to Diane and how she ended up in the clinic. It is a dark psychological mystery that you simply can’t put down.
I enjoyed this book but I have serious issues with the lead character Diane. I don’t understand the irresponsible behav
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I did raise my eyebrows at the title of this book; does anyone use that title anymore? Overall this was a good read, although I did find the narrative a little clunky in places and a number of the domestic scenes were very repetitive, particularly those about breakfast.

After a very short relationship, Diane has married Paul, left her job in IT and moved to his house in London. We soon discover that Diane has suffered some kind of breakdown and memory loss, and now stays at home to care for her s
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Housewife is a domestic noir thriller. Diane a doting housewife and mother to Emma, feels that she is being stalked. Who is this woman following her? Is she really there or is it all in her head? Diane is pushed to the point of no return; she’s on the edge of another breakdown. Will she get a grasp on reality and the truth or is it too late? 3.5 stars
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Diane and Paul are married, live in a lovely home in London and have a 3-year-old daughter named Emma. All should be wonderful in their world, but alas, things are not what they seem. Diane is recently returned from a short stay in a psychiatric center after having a breakdown. She can't remember what put her in the place and her husband says that the doctors want Diane's memories to return at her own pace. Diane tries to get back into her role as wife and mother but strange things start happeni ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Housewife was an addictive, gripping story from the very beginning. What better than a main character, Diane, who is unpredictable and unreliable. Diane has a spotty memory, and forgets things on a daily basis, and this only added to the thrill and excitement of the book. I found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next. I was unable to put this book down and I devoured it.

Diane had a previous brea
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Bookouture for an eARC via NetGalley of Valerie Keogh’s domestic noir ‘The Housewife’.

Diane Andrews has recently had a breakdown though is now back home and getting herself together but has memory issues regarding the time leading up to her hospitalisation. Her husband, Paul, insists that their 3-year old Emma start attending a pre-school nursery even though Diane is a stay-at-home mum.

After Emma begins to attend the nursery Diane decides to take on a part-time volunteer position a
Vikki Patis
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed Secrets Between Us, I was thrilled to grab an ARC of The Housewife. Valerie excels at creating tense, character-driven stories, building atmosphere between them and making the reader want to race to the finish line.

The Housewife is a prime example of excellent domestic noir, a slow-building, creeping sense that something isn't quite right. This is my favourite kind of thriller novel, the type that drip-feeds information, resulting in a knot in my stomach and a breathless
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
My second book by this author and I was as charmed by it as I was by the first one.

It’s rather slow paced but the amosphere the author creates is so bewitching that you have to keep on reading. She keeps the past in the dark and by doing so she makes sure you can’t put the book away.

There were a lot of characters created to fit the role of suspect, but who was the enemy and who was a friend?

And then the ending … I kept tapping on my Kindle … no avail. The story was finished, but I did not want i
Mar 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is the exhausting, boring and frustrating book I've read in a long time. Every day in the story the wife does the same things in minute detail- she makes breakfast, takes her child to nursery, picks her up, brings her home for lunch and a nap, makes dinner, drinks too much wine, hides the bottles, and is left alone by her husband. The story takes place in between these events.
The only reason I stayed with it was to see "who dunnit" and when I got to the blessed end, the book had no clear r
Between The Pages (Gemma M)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oooh this was a good one. Plenty of secrets, twists and turns. I really felt sorry for Diane throughout, she obviously had a hidden past she couldnt uncover and felt unloved. She is a strong, determined character. Emma is a little cutie! Anne is a great friend to have, I loved her character!
Towards the end it starts to heat up and wow! A jaw dropping, shocking, unexpected outcome. Us mothers would do anything for our children and she did just that. Towards the end the story highlights an issue
Pat Simpson
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane is a stay at home housewife, looking after husband Paul and their three year old daughter Emma. They married after a whirlwind romance. Diane has recently had a mental breakdown and even now she is back at home she is still having trouble remembering events that happened to cause this. When Paul decides that Emma should go to a nursery, Diane becomes a part time volunteer at a charity shop and there sees a mysterious woman, who triggers something in her memory. Who is this woman? Why does ...more
Melissa In The City
Holy moly book addiction right here! I kept saying “juuuuust one more page...” way into the night. Loved the set up and the plot and the twists were level 10 on the twisty meter!
I was getting paranoid reading it and my poor dog was getting his fur pet way to hard while I was turning the pages of this book!
5 stars all around!
Thank you #NetGalley, the author and publisher for my free arc in exchange for my honest review.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diane and Paul Andrews had first met at a cafe near where she worked in Bristol and he worked and lived in London. Soon, they were spending weekends together and they quickly got married. They moved into Paul’s beautiful home in London. Diane got another job, but soon found she was pregnant. She couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed as life has changed so quickly. Now, they have Emma, age 3, and Paul has decided to enroll her at a local nursery.

Diane had been in a clinic for several weeks for
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Perfect for fans of C.L.Taylor and B.A.Parris.

I liked the premise of this book and it was interesting to see how quickly Diane’s mind started to unravel, but I honestly felt like 1. 3 weeks in a clinic does not solve an existing mental health issue, that’s far too quickly for her to be released if she was genuinely having these blackouts after something traumatic sparked it, and 2, it was so incredibly obvious what had happened in the past and what was happening now that I didn’t get that sen
Vandana ▪️ Whats on my bookshelf
Diane is a twenty something working woman in Bristol, who meets Paul Andrews, an accountant and within two months of courtship they get married and move to his London home. Four years later, they have one daughter, Emma, who is almost three. The story begins with Diane having returned from a clinic after going through a nervous breakdown. She doesn't remember what happened that led to it and her relationship with Paul is strained though he is seemingly happy with Emma. She decides to go for volu ...more
Sarah Wolstow
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book before release for free.

This is one of them books that didn’t want me to leave it alone. I was finding myself looking forward to picking it up again to see what happens next. Although it isn’t one of them stories that throw twists and turns at every opportunity, it’s more of one that you can read and develop with the characters.

The story between Diane and Paul, is a fast paced relationship, they meet, get engaged and mar
Roma Sharma
This is an engrossing book. It’s is a little slow and repetitive in the beginning but yet the need to keep reading and trying to understand what happened is unavoidable. Diane’s past is very mysterious, you keep reading more and yet have no idea what happened to Diane and how she ended up in the clinic. It is a dark psychological mystery that you simply can’t put down.
I enjoyed this book but I have serious issues with the lead character Diane. I don’t understand the irresponsible behavior shown
Julia | TheReadingConspiracy.com
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I was in the mood for a good psychological thriller and was really excited to read this. It was easy to read it in one sitting and kept me intrigued. The entire book takes place in the daily life and endless routine of Diane, her daughter Emma and her husband. Emma has a lot of issues which also include opioid abuse and alcoholism. You start to memorize her daily routine better than she does and to be honest, it gets a litt
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diane and Paul are working through a rough patch where Diane suffered a breakdown. Now Paul wants their 3 year old daughter, Emma, to go to nursery and for Diane to get out more and start living but she can’t remember a large portion of her life. Strange things keep happening and she needs to get to the bottom of it.

I struggled with this at first. I plodded along and it didn’t make much impact on me but the last 30% of the book was worth it. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this ar
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Valerie started to write several years ago. She self-published eight crime novels and one psychological thriller before signing a two book contract with Bookouture in March 2018. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is available now and the second is due in Feb 2019. She is a registered nurse with a degree in English and a Masters in American Literature. Recently she has given up nursing to con ...more

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