She's a liar. She's a stalker. She's in your house.
When Claire sees Hannah Wilson at an exclusive Manhattan hair salon, it's like a knife slicing through barely healed scars. It may have been ten years since Claire last saw Hannah, but she has thought of her every day, and not in a good way. So Claire does what anyone would do in her position—she stalks her.
Well done, Ms. Barelli; hat tip to you because I am tough to surprise.
That narration though? Please. It made my ears bleed.
If I want to hear gratuitous overacting and drama I'll go to my mom's house, hmmmmkay...
Claire reminded me of our favorite character, Ms Doe, except that I loved Jane Doe, and could root for her success, as the person she plotted her revenge against was so deserving of it!!
I did not like Claire, and was not sure that her Victim, Mrs Hannah Carter, deserved what she was getting from her “housekeeper” so, I wasn’t rooting for Claire...
I was ...more
The Housekeeper by Natalie Barelli
Where do I begin?
It is rare for me to cry from a domestic thriller. We read these books..and all genres provoke different reactions.
In the case of the domestic thriller, we read them for fun, for suspense..but usually we are not TOUCHED..to the point that what we're reading ceases being a standard thriller and becomes ...more
I did enjoy the twists of the book. One was pretty obvious to me at about the halfway point (but then I read a lot of these books) while others came as a surprise. Despite figuring out some aspects of the ending, it didn't ...more
Claire (24) is quite the mess, she's flawed, damaged, devious and duplicitous. She sneakily lie, steal, use her body, troll people. But despite that I found myself reading on and wanting to find out what crazy scheme she comes up next after she accidentally meets woman who wronged her family 10 years ago. What was the history between Claire and Hannah. How her revenge plan ends?
This was my first book by Natalie Barelli and despite unlikeable ...more
The Housekeeper has been categorized as a "twisted psychological thriller." I do not share this opinion. Psychological ? Yes. Twisted ? A little bit. Thriller ? Not so much. The story line has potential for greatness, but in the end it falls flat. Towards the end I started wondering if there was only one main character and the other woman was merely an alter personality. Sadly that was not the case. It's never a good sign when you find yourself wanting to rewrite the end of a book.
All that to say, I found a way to enjoy The House Keeper. Almost as a guilty pleasure, because I know it's going to be bad before I start. This was a quick read and I ...more
Because several people said that the plot surprised them, something difficult to do in a thriller these days, I gave it a second chance. The narration was still horrible, but I got through ...more
First, no I was not given a free copy of this book. I purchased it the day it came out because I love Natalie Barelli and have already read most of her books. The minute I found out about this new book of hers I rushed to purchase it. This is one of my faves so far! The story line just drew me in and I honestly could not stop reading it. Crazy stalker becomes obsessed with woman she thinks wronged her and decides to make sure her life is not going to be a good ...more
I don’t want to give too much detail as this is definitely best gone into blind but this was one of the best cat and mouse books I have read in a long time. Good twist and denouement, this book has entertained me in two sittings. Can’t wait for the next one!
Could not put this one down! Excellent choice for fans of psychological thrillers! And it’s quite refreshing in the storyline as well. This is my second book by this author and look forward to reading more. My only complaint was the narrator sounded in her 40s when the person was supposed to be 24.
Summary: when Clare was a teen away at school, the nanny for her brother claimed she was sexually assaulted. Clare believes it was a lie and she was conning the family for money (there is ...more
Listened to the audiobook of this book. Things were fine until the author decided to make the bad guy the husband/a man. She had the audience (me) thinking that the 'bad guy' was the wife, which was already a twist, and then decided to twist it a second time but I think that second twist was a cop-out and a plot line that has been written before - about an abusive husband, a sadist, who kills women and likes ...more
I have to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised. I picked it up with a credit as something to listen to while I relaxed and I ended up finishing the whole book. It was a great way to spend a relaxing night at home.
Claire basically has given up on trying when it comes to just about anything in life. Years ago her family was basically destroyed by an accusation made against her Father when she was a teen. She has hated Hannah Wilson since then and has thought of how to get ...more
At first the plot seemed a bit out there. A woman believes a girl from her past is responsible for all the things that are wrong in her own life now, so ...more
I listened to the audio and while the narrator is one of my favorites, her voice is too mature to play a main character who is 24. If whomever produced this had allowed her to switch Claire and Hannah’s voices, it would’ve been better since Hannah is a bit ...more
I loved missing molly and am pretty ...more
When not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie rides motorcycles, knits very badly and spends far too much time at the computer. She lives in rural NSW, in Australia.