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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (9 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476771405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476771403
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[The Housekeeper] will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page." (Buzzfeed)

"An addictively dark tale full of psychological drama, long-hidden secrets, and the dangers of fabricating a pristine public façade, The Housekeeper will satisfy any reader’s cravings for family drama."  (Redbook)

"From the first page to last, this adrenaline-teasing psychological thriller will keep you distracted (hopefully from your obligatory lover) until the last page is fervently consumed." (PopSugar)

“Suellen Dainty has created such a sense of place and lifestyle here that I genuinely wouldn't have minded if nothing happened. I was as entranced as Anne by the languorous half-lived lives of her employers and their offspring, the ramshackle house with its stained curtains and rickety chairs, the  grumpy dog, the slapdash parties and peculiar friends. I wanted Anne’s job, I wanted to fold up their laundry and hear their secrets, let them unburden themselves to me. The fact that there was also a rip-roaring story of shocking betrayal and childhood trauma underpinning the whole thing was just the cherry on top. I loved, loved, loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough" (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls in the Garden)

"In The Housekeeper, Dainty writes with such nuance that I felt completely submerged in the Helmsley's world. I actually loved the characters of Emma and Rob, until of course, I hated them. And even after all is revealed, they act with such infuriating obliviousness, I couldn't help but fly through the pages, anxious for them to receive their just desserts. Gorgeous writing, wonderful characterization, immersive atmosphere and a final twist that I did not see coming! " (Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year)

"Mesmerizing suspense...readers will relate to the very human Anne as she struggles to gain her emotional balance." (Publishers Weekly)

“Completely addicting...Somewhere between chick lit and tense psychological thriller, The Housekeeper is a tantalizing glimpse into the everyday lives of the rich and famous--and the people who work for them.”  (Shelf Awareness)

"Highly anticipated...nuanced and nail-biting." (Good Housekeeping)

"A nightmarish domestic drama with a cryptically rattling ending that proves the messiest of secrets never disappear, The Housekeeper is this season's most addictive plot." (SheKnows)

"Suellen Dainty challenges her readers by questioning the canard that a neat house leads to a productive life...As secrets emerge, The Housekeeper imperceptibly shifts into psychological thriller mode. Dainty’s precise details of everyday life enrich a psychological canvas for a story that’s impossible to put down." (Criminal Element)

About the Author

Suellen Dainty is the author of the novel After Everything. An Australian, she is a former writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian and worked for the ABC before moving to London more than 25 years ago to work for Sky News, where she was a producer and director of the original series of The Book Show. She has studied Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and Bath Spa University. She lives in London. Find out more at SuellenDainty.com.

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