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The Housewife

Narrated by: Emma Newman
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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A completely addictive and gripping psychological thriller

“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 listen to! 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 turn this jaw-dropping thriller off until it’s finished.

©2019 Valerie Keogh (P)2019 Bookouture

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  • Princess Proton
  • 06-03-2019

Slow and unsatisfying

This is the first negative review I’ve ever written and I’m kind of nervous because all of the other reviews were so good. Here goes...

The story was very slow and clunky. Things didn’t start getting interesting until about 8 hours in. The supporting characters weren’t well developed so, when they did say something, it was obviously a clue to what was going on. There was really only one person that could be “bad guy” in this story of so, the big reveal had me rolling my eyes. There were no twists or turns. It just felt like a whole lot of nothing.

I say all of this with a heavy heart because I really enjoyed Valerie Keogh’s last book. I’m sure that the next one will be better.

Emma Newman slayed as always. I don’t know if I would have kept listening if she wasn’t narrating.

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  • Karlo Ferrer
  • 10-11-2019

Whiny and dumb main character

You are meant to feel sorry for the main character, but it’s difficult since all she does is get drunk, do stupid things, believe anything she is told, blames everyone else and then cries about it. I sympathize more for everyone else in the story who had to be in her presence.

The story is okay, but I couldn’t finish it since the main character cannot accept blame and consequences for her actions and focuses on getting revenge on her husband, who wasn’t even the one behind everything. Super lame and stupid. Grow up and get a job, lady.

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  • D
  • 02-03-2019

Weak characters. WEAK ENDING.

I am not a fan of books that portray women as hysterical or emotional. I'm even less of a fan of books that equate emotional women to mentally unstable women. This is lazy writing. Completely unoriginal and unimaginative. The vague references to "the clinic" where Diane stayed after her baby's death were just insulting. When writers don't do their research about mental health and the treatment involved it truly makes me angry. Diane was a weak character who cried and drank wine every 30 seconds. It was exhausting listening to her be so pathetic. Then suddenly in the last 2 minutes of the book she becomes super mom and manages to narrowly avoid having her daughter taken to another country? Ridiculous. Everything about this book was ridiculous. If someone is stalking you, call the police don't crash your car. And why was it never addressed that Pam had let Emma out of the house? Pam really seemed to have it out for Diane and her children. It's ridiculous that Paul still wanted to be with her. As if he never cared about his children at all. Then again. Paul wasn't a well developed character. None of the characters were developed. They were all static, boring one dimensional space fillers. I didn't even care about Emma to be honest. I kept hoping for some kind of redeemable quality in Paul. But no, he was complete trash. Like, why would he want to be with a woman like Pam after what she did? And why did the book end just as Diane seemed to be getting interesting? This book was not good. I don't trust this author to do anything better. There was nothing heart pounding or even remotely intriguing about this book but I shouldn't be surprised given the lame book title. Good grief.

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  • Jilly
  • 16-07-2019

not as good as her other one

this one started off good but then seemed to drag on for ages. still a good read though.

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  • Wl
  • 07-06-2019

THIS WOMAN NEEDS TO EXCERSISE

The main character drives everywhere. It is in londin yet never any problems with parking or paying for parking. She is also incredibly stupid and farfetched. A shame on author for creating such a weak female character

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-2019

Lingeringly tragic...

The idea behind her phycological thriller was genius,, but there was so little interaction between her and other characters even her daughter. It was told entirely the whole time through her own perception and thoughts, and her personality was so lacking despite what should have been an dramatically interesting character I felt she "drivelled" on. It's very ambitious to presume you can focus an entire novel around one soul person and expect to keep the reader entertained. Honestly from the author to the moaning voice of the audible narrative this was torture. Will definitely be asking for a refund.

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  • Karen Colpitts
  • 27-04-2019

ABSOLUTE RUBBISH

The story is a non starter. I guessed what had Happened WAY before the end. There were more 'I'm
Sorry' s' in the book than I can count. The main character is pathetic.. The Narrator had only 1 voice and I was BORED to tears. Questions raised were not answered.. And overall just a damp squid. Avoid.

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  • Ms Gloria James
  • 12-03-2019

Easy listening

I enjoyed this story. Not the best narrator but tolerable. So many books disappoint this was a pleasure.

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  • Georgina Anderson
  • 10-03-2019

such a shame!

I thought this would be good from reading some of the reviews and the blurb but no I should have took the advice from the bad ones this time! The story had potential but it was so infuriating listening to another book where the main character is portrayed as a wet pathetic woman. The only positive is Emma Newman...a great narrator! but unfortunately no amount of good narration could redeem this book for me. I don't recommend wasting your time or a credit on this one.

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  • Victoria Turner
  • 10-03-2019

Irritating narrator!!

almost unbearavle to listen to the forced, robotic narrator. It distracts from the story, very disappointing.

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 09-03-2019

addicted from the start.

wanted to drag this book out so it didn't finish too quick but I couldn't! it was so addictive!

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  • sandy dean
  • 04-03-2019

Gaslighting or not. . . .?

Well worth reading to find out, bit of a slow burning but that’s the point of the book, I’m searching for more by this author, the narrator was excellent. Highly recommend, you may lose sleep. 5 stars