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The Housekeeper - a tense domestic thriller about a hiring gone very, very wrong.

Jodi Bishop has a lot on her plate. She's a mother of two juggling family life with her job as a real estate broker. Her husband Harrison had seen early success with his first novel and has yet to write another book. He's unsupportive of Jodi's successful career and is a bit of a jerk. Vic and Audrey Dundas are Jodi's parents. Her mother's Parkinson's disease is worsening so Jodi hires Elyse Woodley as a live-in housekeeper to help them, even though her father initially objects. The 62-year-old, widowed Elyse seems perfect. Jodi is initially thrilled and even Vic ends up being very happy with her. But the clever and manipulative Elyse is soon calling the shots in the household leaving Jodi with no means to protect her parents from the very woman she hired.

The Housekeeper is a captivating domestic thriller. Most people are faced with the challenge of ensuring the care of elderly parents at some point making this story very relevant. Abuse of the aged is all too real a problem. Author Joy Fielding has such a talent for creating interesting characters. In addition to Elyse, who is clearly not the ideal housekeeper Jodi was convinced she was, most of the men are duds. There's good tension and suspense. When Audrey's possessions start finding their way into Elyse's hands, you can feel Jodi's angst. Check out this fast-paced book from an author who never lets me down.

Many thanks to Ballantine Books / Random House for the opportunity to read The Housekeeper in advance of its release.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Thriller.

Publication Date: August 16, 2022.

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