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.
Hannah is now M...more
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 j ...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 some ...more
The plot is not at all believable. You have to be willing to accept a lot of coincidental plot points. And call me cr ...more
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 enjoyed that the ...more
The protagonist, Claire, is a 24-year-old, very unlikeable and struggling young adult. She’s a bit crazy. Well, very crazy. Her life ambition at the beginning of the novel is scamming people to just get by. Claire sees a woman from her past, w ...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.
We all have fantasies of exacting revenge on those who have hurt us. It's natural to want to get back at someone. You hurt me so I'll hurt you. Tit for tat.
But this book goes far beyond any reasonable or credible theory behind revenge. The protagonist, Clair Petersen assumes a false identity in order to inveigle herself into the life of the woman she holds responsible for her father's untimely death. Accused of sexual assault by the nanny, he dies from a heart attack, h ...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
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
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
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 heroin ...more
Okay so the story itself has quite a bit of potential and it’s certainly a suspenseful book.
Unfortunately the characters are completely unlikable... all of them are either shitty, annoying, uninteresting or a mix. There’s a bit of an attempt at being “hip” and “modern” on “what the kids are into these days” which doesn’t work at all and makes this book already seem a tad dated in some bits despite having only come out a couple months ago. It’s also very slow.
So overall it isn’t ...more
Amazon and Scribd kept on recommending this to me so I finally gave in. Unfortunately, it was such a disappointing read. The main character was very unlikeable and I really didn't like her tone or how she viewed the world around her. The twists, although I did not see them coming (could be because I was not fully engaged and just wanted to know what will happen), were lackluster.
It also felt that the real antagonist was too self-aware. Even mentioned that they copied a movie.
I was very ...more
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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.