Title: The Housewife
Author: Valerie Keogh
Publication Date: February 27, 2019
Page Count: 302
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
“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 locking the front door.
And bigger things, like remembering to pick my little girl up from nursery.
I feel terrified every time I pass through a particular spot in our living room.
And sometimes, when I’m alone, I’m sure I can hear a baby crying…
I think the woman in the shop knows what happened to me. But if I can’t trust myself to believe she’s real, who will?
One of the most gripping and heart-pounding psychological thrillers you’ll ever read! If you were totally hooked by, The Wife Between Us, The Girl on the Train or The Woman in the Window you won’t be able to put this jaw-dropping thriller down until it’s finished.
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 really can’t even remember much about but after a few weeks in therapy she and her husband hope that she is on the mend.
As Diane goes about her day to day caring for her child and trying to get back out and start living her life again she begins to notice signs of things not quite being right. When she encounters a mystery woman that keeps showing up in various places she begins to wonder if she is slowly losing her mind.
Even though as I said before that I’ve read novels similar to this set up the characters and plot stilled pulled me in. While it does progress somewhat slowly it has that air of distrust that kept my attention which is a plus as I’m one to begin to lose interest if things are moving too slowly. After finishing this story I would definitely try another book from this author in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Valerie Keogh is a qualified nurse with a BA in English and an MA in American Literature. She qualified as a nurse but nowadays writes full-time. She has written two different series.
The Hudson and Connolly series is based in Falmouth, UK. Nicola Connolly is a serial killer. When circumstances lead her to help the police it is the beginning of an unlikely relationship.
There are currently four novels in the Hudson and Connolly series.
Her other series, The Garda West series is set in Dublin, Ireland, where Garda Sergeant Mike West battles a series of crimes. There are also four novels in this series.
Ms Keogh has also written a stand-alone novel, Exit Five from Charing Cross, a story of ambition, greed and thwarted love.
In March 2018, Ms Keogh signed a two book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. Her first novel for them, a psychological thriller, Secrets Between Us, was published on November 14th.