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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,027 ratings  ·  445 reviews

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 positionshe stalks her.

Hannah is

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Published January 14th 2020 by Dreamscape Media
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Yep, okay...I thought I knew the score. I was completely wrong.

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...
When I began reading this I couldnt decide if I liked it, or felt it was a similar, but not quite as good, Jane Doe. (Victoria Helen Stone)

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 wasnt rooting for Claire...

I was just
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Domestic thrillers with soul.
Recommended to Bren by: Tara Rock
"I don't want to be pulled out of it, April. I like my misery. It's taken alot of effort to be this miserable. Why would I throw it all away?"

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 the point that what we're reading ceases being a standard thriller and becomes
Laura Peden
Fun, easy, quick little domestic thriller. Binged in one day. Free on Hoopla. Life is good 😎
Michael David
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Barelli has got to be one of my favorite authors. I've loved each of her books, and this one is no exception. This is a tense thriller, and what I love about her books is the dark and bitingly funny humor that gets weaved in. The twist was totally unexpected, and I was very satisfied from start to finish! I highly recommend this and all of Barelli's novels, especially the two Emma Fern books.
Crystal Hiatt
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom2019-nyn
Claire, while not a likable character, is extremely entertaining. She is deceitful, manipulative, callous but also snarky and snide, which adds a nice humorous tone to the book. I enjoyed getting inside her head (scary I know) and understanding why she did the things she did.
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
Katie Topp
I'm pretty certain Barelli is not an author I love, or even respect. I read her previous novel, The Loyal Wife, and it was really bad. I hated it. There is an amateur quality to her writing (I know, who the hell am I to criticize) but there really is something missing. Something that separates her from other best seller authors....

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
Theresa Hildebrand

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.

Lady Delacour
The Housekeeper
from Nuttersville.
2 Crazy Stars.
TTS Listen.
Not Clean.
Foul Language.
Psychological Thriller / Domestic / Contemporary

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
Claire has a plan to destroy Hannah who is the wife of a wealthy man, lives in a beautiful house and they have a gorgeous baby. You see, once upon a time Claire was a pretty girl who lived in a beautiful house with wealthy parents but now she has gained a lot of weight by eating junk food, drinks too much and she blames it on Hannah. She manages to get hired as Hannahs housekeeper and somehow she gets away with only pretending to clean. Eventually things are not as they seem. Hannah is needy and ...more
L. McCoy
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, audio, hoopla, reviewed
Okay so the story itself has quite a bit of potential and its certainly a suspenseful book.
Unfortunately the characters are completely unlikable... all of them are either shitty, annoying, uninteresting or a mix. Theres a bit of an attempt at being hip and modern on what the kids are into these days which doesnt work at all and makes this book already seem a tad dated in some bits despite having only come out a couple months ago. Its also very slow.
So overall it isnt quite
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good. couldn't stop reading.
I listened to the audiobook and stopped listening after 20 or so minutes. The narration was horrible. The main character is 24, but the narrator made her sound like a 45-year-old. A 29yo character sounded like an 8yo. And am older woman with a lisp sounded just ridiculous. The narration makes or breaks a book.

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
I read one of the author's books and thought this one would be good. It wasn't, in my opinion, and I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends. The beginning just goes on and on about Claire sitting in a coffee shop/bar and stalking Hannah. I was about ready to throw in the towel. It did pick up finally but there was some really unreal happenings in the book that just didn't mesh and seemed down-right silly. I'm just mad that I spend $4.00 on this.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jodi VanMeter
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well well well.....#nataliebarelli has done it again! This little sick and twisted book I couldnt put down....when you think the main character is a psycho deviant but you like her anyway 😳 well done!!!!! I wasnt expecting that twist what so ever I soooo thought I knew what it was going to be and I was totally wrong and shocked! Bravo!!!! 👏👏👏 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and twisty ! I enjoyed.
Barbara Fields
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH.MY.WOW. What a fantastic book!

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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert - I'm going to give away the heart of the story immediately in my review.

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
Jill Burgin
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I love Natalie Barelli as a writer and adored all her previous novels and this new one is no exception. They are all great psychological thrillers with plenty of twists and switches to make you want to finish them in one sitting. The protagonist is always a woman with dubious motives, deeply flawed, often murderous and desperate, often really funny, and somehow the writing has you rooting for them all the way. Claire is the star of this one and has been harboring deep resentment ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this and my head is still spinning! No one does a twisty female relationship quite like Natalie Barrelli. I have read all of her novels and was excited to delve into this one.

I dont 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. Cant wait for the next one!
Lindsay Nixon
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Could not put this one down! Excellent choice for fans of psychological thrillers! And its 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 some
Regina Ross
RR Rating: 3 thrill-ish stars
Format: Ebook, 324 pgs., pub. 10/31/19
RR Synopsis: A woman seeks revenge on a childhood foe by getting a job as her housekeeper (because shes let herself go and therefore is obviously totally unrecognizable).
RR POV: If you can suspend all disbelief, the pages of this domestic thriller will fly by quickly. The writing is good, and the main character is certainly memorable (and ridiculous). The ending is satisfying (and also ridiculous).
Recommended Readers: Diehard
I really enjoyed this thriller... a lot! But I listened to it on audiobook from Hoopla for free and I REALLY didnt like the narrator Susie Berneis. I found her voice and inflictions to be very distracting from the characters voice and from the story. I wish I had read it. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent and entertaining mystery. I give it 3 1/2 stars There have been so many quality 4-star books that Ive read, I couldnt bring myself to rate this one with 4. I guess Im turning into a tough grader! ...more
Fadra Nally
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out on a whim as a free audiobook from the library. Didnt even realize I had read one of her books (The Loyal Wife - which was good but forgettable). This book, on the other hand, was an excellently woven psychological thriller. Easy to read (or listen to) with very approachable and flawed but somehow likable characters. Great way to kick off my reading challenge this year! ...more
Hannah Ho
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Zubs Malik
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, this book started off a little slow for me. With a premise that has been done before I walked into this assuming that I had it all figured out.

Wrongful accusations, money making schemes and a batshit crazy woman who seeks revenge. Done.

The slap that Natalie Barelli gave me at the climax of the book was so worth it and put me firmly in my place. Assume nothing and walk in blindly. Let this book take you on its crazy rollercoaster of a journey. Enjoy every twist and turn and then come
4 out of 5 stars

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
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You will usually find Natalie Barelli reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller. Then Natalie decided to write one, and she hasnt stopped writing since.

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.


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