Review: The Housewife

Review: The Housewife

The Housewife by Valerie Keogh

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Official synopsis

“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?


I was in the mood for a good psychological thriller and was really excited to read this. It was easy to read it in one sitting and kept me intrigued. The entire book takes place in the daily life and endless routine of Diane, her daughter Emma and her husband. Emma has a lot of issues which also include opioid abuse and alcoholism. You start to memorize her daily routine better than she does and to be honest, it gets a little tedious and repetitive. It consists of wake up at 8AM, eat breakfast, take Emma to the nursery at 9:15, have a few hours to herself which result in plot twists, pick Emma up at 1, have lunch, nap then play, make dinner, husband comes home, he leaves to go upstairs, she sits in front of the television and drinks, then somehow falls asleep, sometimes with consequence. And repeat.

It also feels like the entire story takes place within a 2-mile radius. Because of the repetitive nature of the story, it didn't feel like there was a lot of movement. And although I kept wanting to read more, I was looking for something that surprised me or kept my interest alive.

The plot twists were good but exactly what I expected. They were just too predictable and I found myself guessing them immediately but then second-guessed myself because I thought, "no way it could be that easy". Maybe I've just read too many psychological thrillers and can see those twists coming a mile away.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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