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Publisher's Summary

The latest dark and twisty thriller by the million-copy best-selling author of Silent Child.

Housemaid wanted.

Skills required: discretion, and the willingness to go the extra mile.

It seems like the perfect job. Great wages, accommodation provided and all located within the walls of Highwood Hall, a stunning stately home owned by the Howard family. Not many little girls dream of becoming a maid, but this is an opportunity for me to get back on my feet. And for me to revisit my past....

But I soon realise I’ve made a mistake. The strict housekeeper, Mrs Huxley, watches my every move, emerging from the shadows when least expected. Lord Howard’s son, Alex, takes an interest in me, and as a former addict, I find myself drawn to him because I know he’s bad for me. There’s a general atmosphere of unease at Highwood Hall, from the narrow tunnels laced throughout the sprawling house, to the abandoned north wing, rumoured to be haunted. It’s easy to imagine the secrets hidden within these walls, like the secrets I hold close.

On my first day, I receive a mysterious package. I open up the pretty gift box to find a miniature doll version of me trapped inside a dollhouse. In this scene I’m dead, lying in a pool of red paint at the bottom of the perfectly recreated staircase. Someone sent this threatening diorama to me, but who even knows I work at the hall? And what do they want?

I know only one truth: my perfect job is turning into my perfect nightmare.

©2021 Sarah Denzil (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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men who control women aren't sexy

someone said they liked this for not having too much "romance" in it... I disagree. it's not exactly romance: the main character has already described the smell of one shitty man who's exploiting unequal power dynamics over her more times than Phryne fisher has sex in the whole of her series. it's nuts. I can't finish it. there should be a trigger warning for anyone who's survived domestic violence.. the love interests only features seem to be coercive control and dangerous behaviour that shouldn't be sexy or glorified!!! ladies! please! if your partner treats you like this RUN.

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a good solid murder mystery

A great performance by the narrator and a good solidly written murder mystery. The characters were well written.

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Dribble

A long tale that takes on way too many.plots lines, many too ludicrous to make for an enjoyable read, only to reach a conclusion that fell utterly flat.

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sophie Rundle, is the best narrater I have heard, perfect story tell8ng, well done

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Boring

this book was so boring and I gave it a chance but stopped at chapter 32.

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AMAZING

Such a thrilling story & excellent performance from the reader!

So glad I have access to the Plus Category

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Different

Love Sarahs stories. Surpised at the twisted minds of some of the characters. Quite a different story by her overall I enjoyable. Good narration.

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Great narration

A clever author writes a bit of a spooky book and its performance by Sophie is seamless and perfect.
No major surprises, but a lot of thought went in to the possibility of snobbery covering a criminal bent.
Enjoyable.

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  • Kelly
  • 23-12-2021

FANTASTIC@@@!

Wow… was not expecting much because well, it’s a free book. I honestly have had very little luck with the Plus collection.
However, this was stellar writing, great narration and awesome story. It has all the thrills , secrets, creepiness, sense of foreboding and yes even some romance , very very little, which I appreciate. I’m not into lots of sex and romance in my thrillers. Just hints here and there is enough for me. There’s one 4 letter word in the entire book that I can recall, no sex scenes , yet there is everything you want.
Emily goes to work for the weird Howard family. She notices a high “
Turnover “ of maids. Yet , because they are usually hired from a local rehab center there are good reasons for the maids to leave or just disappear. Most have no ties no family etc. You think it’s highly possible they leave because of inappropriate behavior by the master of the manor. He’s very handsome, lady’s man etc. but tends to behave very badly considering his position of authority.
Not in your wildest dreams do think of the darkness and evil going on.
This isn’t a ghost story there is no supernatural nonsense, thank goodness.
There is a mystery but actually it’s a true psychological thriller.
I’ve been extremely down for you lack of access to audiobooks lately since I get only 1 credit per month. I “read”almost a book a day. So I’ve heard many many books and am extremely picky. So, I was not expecting to be so immersed that I got nothing done until I listened to the last word.
Lastly, I have to mention the wonderful narration. Absolutely spot on for this story. I love this author but this is her best work and I’ve read all of her books.
If you like psychological thrillers, and gothic settings this is the book for you.
Ty to the author for giving this to us here at the holidays as many of us are lonely and a good book Is great therapy and a great escape.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays …. Enjoy!

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  • good read
  • 22-12-2021

Awesome

Great storyline. Great Narration. All around great job from the author. Cant believe it was free. This one definitely did not disappoint.

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  • Christel Thomas
  • 24-12-2021

Truly Perfect

It’s official.
Sarah Denzil has honed and evolved her craft and has become my personal no 1 pick in the mystery genre.
When I read “One For Sorrow” last year, I fell instantly in love, but I was disappointed by a couple of her books that followed that one and I had to give it a rest.
Well, when I saw this title added I figured this would be a make or break moment.
It sounded intriguing but we’ve all been sucked in by a great summary but then brought down quickly once we start actually reading the book.
This was an absolutely exceptional listen in every way.
The narrator is literally perfect, I could listen to her all night.
But this story had so many fascinating characters, it had depth, and with that, she masterfully establishes a sense of place.
Sarah Denzil knows how to write. She is articulate, thorough, and she has a gift with descriptive language.
Never too flowery, and never getting bogged down but always totally descriptive and atmospheric.
I loved this crazy family.
I loved the protagonist, as she is relatable, real, and it’s nice to actually feel like your a part of the story because you can so identify with what she’s going through.
This is a fantastic book. And it was precedent setting for me as I truly binge read this book in one sitting with no breaks.
I could NOT put this one down.
Exceptionally well crafted, spooky, multifaceted, and believable, I can’t give higher compliments than these.
It’s also performed beautifully, the narration truly could not get any better.
A brilliant pairing, this title and narration…
I highly recommend ✨✨✨✨✨
Thank you for a great story performed incredibly well and for keeping me up all night for the first time in years.
This one was a lot of fun…

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  • Karenique
  • 26-12-2021

Another elaborate and devious British winner!

I do so enjoy my British audiobooks. It’s always a treat to find a hidden gem, and at no cost, an additional plus. “The Housemaid,” suspenseful and mysterious, is such a book. A favored author of mine, Sarah Denzil, interweaves menacing, conniving, charming and alluring family characters as they play their psychologically vexing and menacing games. This complexellent thriller is filled with suspicious and intricate subplots. Centering on a newly hired staff member with personal and private intentions of her own kept my attention from the very first chapter. Ominous gifts arrive and secrets are kept; loyalties are questioned. Sophie Rundle’s narrative skills show off her proficient pitch-perfect vocals. Kudos to both of these two gifted women. Please, may we have more? A gratuitous nod to Audible for making this available. Highly recommended. Epic, I say! EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!

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  • Alicia Marie Fowler
  • 28-12-2021

Ok I guess

Not what I expecting. Too Long and drawn out. I kept thinking it would get better but it didn’t. It is what it seemed and so was boring and unsatisfactory.

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  • Melissa J.
  • 10-01-2022

The Narrator

( no spoilers but I make a general comment about the end)
Sophie Rundle was excellent. She gave this modern day story a classic feel.
The story started out very strong, dwindled a little , followed by a slight twist, then a bit of corny unrealistic-ness was thrown in,. It was tied up nicely at the end. I’m not a big fan of open endings so I was fine with the conclusion.
Overall it kept my interest and I wanted to know what happened, however, the narrator is truly what made it worthwhile .

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  • Shelly
  • 29-12-2021

I enjoyed it

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. The lady that narrated it, she did a wonderful job! I like how the storyline kept you guessing throughout. I would definitely recommend.

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  • 10-01-2022

Not worth listening for free!

what a long boring 20 chapters that did not make me want to finish the book!

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  • Dan Daniel
  • 15-01-2022

A Dark Tale

The performance made sticking with this book worthwhile. The narrator does a wonderful job of catching the tones of the various characters. The story itself was much darker than I had expected, and touched on themes of mental health and abuse that might trigger some readers who have suffered at the hands of others.

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  • 15-01-2022

Exciting

This was a gripping story. So exciting and good from the very beginning. I could hardly breathe thru till the end!

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  • 23-12-2021

Bored

Absolutely sick of the word Diorama which I wasn't familiar with before this book, but am now! Over half way through and am bored! there is no story, predictable upper and lower class characters which i cant relate to, I have skipped back too many times to try to make sense of what is going on! another credit wasted

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  • ms s womack
  • 23-12-2021

Brilliant listen

Wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this book, after reading some of the reviews. This didn't put me off a listen for myself. I am very glad I went ahead anyway for I found it very original and the narration was great. It was enthralling and kept me guessing the outcomes of every scenario throughout the storyline. So don't be put off, give it a go and enjoy!

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  • 23-12-2021

Half way through and really enjoying this😁🤗👏🏽💯

I don’t understand the other negative review? Its free for starters 🤔 and its really really good 😊 im hooked and so far really enjoying it? I will edit my review when finished if i don’t enjoy it but so far i say definitely go and download it free and read it😁🤗👏🏽narrator Sophie Rundle is brilliant too!😁👏🏽💯thank you Sarah, Sophie and thank you audible for a brilliant free read!🤗👏🏽💯♥️xxx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2021

A reader who will captivate your ears

whom do ever chose the reader for this audio book was a genius. sultry and smooth she carried Mr in raptures from one chapter to another. wonderful

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  • JilCentral
  • 30-12-2021

Enjoyed this book, not at all boring as stated in another review.

This is the first book I have read by Sarah D, and I enjoyed it. There is a review which states that the word diorama is overused. It is used, but only in the context of the story. The story line was good and the narrator was easy on the ear. I will definitely be exploring more books from this author.
We all like different things, but I think when leaving a book review it’s better to be descriptive rather than just describing a book as boring. Maybe they are used to listening to audible books whilst jumping out of a plane, who knows?

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  • Alison Edgar
  • 28-12-2021

Glad I did

The Housemaid came up as included with my subscription so thought I would give it a go.
I loved it and was gripped from the fist chapter. Lots of twists and turns which kept me glued till the end.

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  • Vivien Hecz
  • 05-01-2022

Amazing .. could not stop listening!!

Brilliant story (bit dark) but really good story line with twists and well presented!
Is not often I listen to a book that I want to re-listen to see what I missed the first time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-2021

Dull

This story was slow and dull. I abandoned it half way through as I couldn't get invested.

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  • Rose
  • 12-01-2022

BRILLIANT

The best book I have listened to in years, well written, well read.
perfect performance.

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  • OrientalPoppy
  • 05-01-2022

cleaners are still invisible

A must listen to! I was hooked from the first sentence. Beautifully narrated and told.

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