REVIEW: THE HOUSEKEEPER, BY NATALIE BARELLI

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 position—she stalks her.

Hannah is now Mrs. Carter, living the charmed life that should have been Claire’s. It’s the life Claire used to have, before Hannah came along and took it all away from her.

Back then, Claire was a happy teenager with porcelain skin and long, wavy blond hair. Now she’s an overweight, lazy drunk with hair the color of compost and skin to match. Which is why when Hannah advertises for a housekeeper, Claire is confident she can apply and not be recognized. And since she has time on her hands, revenge on her mind, and a talent for acting…

Because what better way to seek retribution—and redress—than from within the beautiful Mrs. Hannah Carter’s own home?

Except that it’s not just Claire who has secrets. Everyone in that house seems to have something to hide.

And now, there’s no way out.

When we first meet Claire, she is hell bent on retribution for a perceived grievance during her teenage years, and the target of her rage is one Hannah Carter, previously known as Hannah Wilson.

Hannah’s new life looks good on the outside, which fuels Claire’s need for revenge.

It is fascinating to watch Claire turn herself into someone else in order to join Hannah’s household as a housekeeper/nanny. What Claire doesn’t expect is to become thoroughly enmeshed in Hannah’s family, even to the point of taking on an unexpected enemy and finding herself in a dangerous situation.

I kept turning the pages of The Housekeeper, not sure how it would all unfold. I liked how Claire’s plan turned upside down and she found a way to reinvent herself. 4.5 stars.

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