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The Housekeeper

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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were relatable and I quickly connected with Jodi who is forever trying to balance work, home and extended family. While the story was somewhat predictable, it was a perfect summer read with some twisted and turns that made the reader smile or groan.

Recommend this book to those who want a quick read about the complications of family life.
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This was a very fast read and very entertaining. I loved twist near the end. This is a first book by Joy Fielding for me.  If you like a quick thriller, this is a good book for you.
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Thank you for the advanced copy for an honest review

This about a woman named Jodi who is hiring a housekeeper in order to help her as she is running two households; hers and her parents. 

In comes Elyse, with good references and too perfect to be true. She infiltrates herself I to the family and making herself the ideal caretaker/housekeeper.

The ending was not what I had expected 

This was such a good read, couldn’t but it down, finished it in a day
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Oh this book had me turning the pages as fast as I could.  When you are in the situation of finding someone to help with aging parents (that may or may not have special needs), vigilance in adding a helper to the mix is of utmost importance.  While this book is a work of fiction, I could see this happening in our world.  Checking and rechecking someone's references could save you a lot of heartache.   This generation really needs to read this book and take some lessons from all the possibilities.  I would recommend this book to everyone and really enjoyed  all the twists and turns.  Whether you come from an "entitled" background or not, there are lessons here for everyone.
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This story follows our main character Jody who has decided it is time to hire a housekeeper to help her elderly father to care for their mother who is suffering from the late stages of Parkinson's Disease. From there our story takes off. This story started out really great. The writing was easy to get into, the chapters were super short, which is always a bonus for me and I really enjoyed most of the characters, Traci was hilarious and a straight shooter although quite spoiled. Jody was also interesting to read from but it started to get so frustrating and repetitive with how her family and her husband was treating her. These people just continually walk all over her and disrespect her at every turn and it was so frustrating for her not to stand up for herself. Overall this book was alright, there wasn't much action or twists and turns and the the few it did have were easy to spot a mile away. The ending was also a bit quick to wrap up and would have been more interesting if the reader was along for the ride of the conclusion instead of just seeing the aftermath. overall this book was ok.
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This was an unexpectedly fast and enjoyable read. I’ve never read anything by Fielding before and while the plot was somewhat unimaginative and not fresh, the twists were subtle and so well-timed, and the Toronto setting was a delightful surprise. I look forward to sampling more from this authors backlist and am hopeful for more thrills and plot pivots.
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When Jodi's parents need live-in help, it's up to her to find the perfect person. She thinks she hit the jackpot when Elyse shows up. Until she realizes Elyse is no simple housekeeper...

This was a decent psychological thriller, with many twists and turns. Some unexpected, others, not so much. I really enjoyed how fleshed out the characters were. I really disliked how Jodi seemed to surround herself with male chauvinists. Her husband and her father are both horrible human beings and I had a hard time getting over that.
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Personally, I love a domestic suspense/drama and this one had so many elements that kept me turning pages trying to find out what happened in the end! 

This intriguing story about Jodi, who hires Elyse to help take care of her elderly parents. But Elyse’s arrival brings on many suspicious occurrences… 

I thought the characters in this story were developed well, each one of them are mysterious and intriguing. The plot was interesting, however, a little predictable - there were many twists throughout that kept me wanting to continue reading. 

Overall, this was a good read. I would recommend to anyone who likes domestic suspense & thrillers!
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Omg! Another great book from joy fielding! She knows just how to draw a reader in from the first page, I love her books so much!
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In the end, I have only myself to blame. I’m the one who let her in.

Jodi believes she is doing the right thing... unfortunately it seems she has put her trust in the wrong person, is she the only one who sees it, or is she just being paranoid?

Well written with enough twists and turns to keep you interested!
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Thank you net galley for giving me this opportunity to read this book. This is my first book by Joy Fielding that I have read and was not disappointed.
This revolves around a family - two elderly parents two forty-something daughters.
Jodi is a successful real estate agent, her sister who is older does nothing. Their parents are hitting eighty and their mom has Parkinson's. The girls' father has been looking after their mother for the past ten years.
Jodi has been checking up on her parents to make sure that there are no problems. Jodi is finding it increasingly hard to balance work, her kids and husband.
Jodi soon finds a housekeeper who seems like a dream.
Is the person who is hired actually who they say they are?
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Joy Fielding's The Housekeeper was an amazing read with a twisting storyline that kept me wanting to find out more. The book follows the lives of Jodi Bishop and her family as they navigate their way through Jodi's mom's illness. 

Joy Fielding is expertly able to develop life-like characters that make you want to follow their story and that characterization helps the development of the overall story. 

See if you can use the clues to unravel the mystery!
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I was hooked to this book, I wanted to find out how things would unravel so badly. I found a lot of the twists predictable but they were still fun to read through. The writing was excellent and kept me intrigued until the end. Rating 3.5 because of the predictability, otherwise I enjoyed it! I didn't find any of the characters loveable but that added to the story.

Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Compelling read! This book could definitely be made into a movie. The suspense starts off as a slow burn then it escalates, and the drama unfolds ultimately leading to an interesting twist in the end. An addictive read! Gripping page turner. I enjoyed it immensely. 

*Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada & NetGalley for this Ebook in exchange for my honest review
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“In the end, I have only myself to blame. I’m the one who let her in.”
3.5 stars
I never purposely seek out books by Fielding, but after reading this one I remembered how much I’ve enjoyed her books in the past as well. 

Although I found it slightly predictable, it was a decent psychological thriller. It was a quick read, and although I found parts of the story completely unbelievable, it was still enjoyable. 
I’d recommend this as one of those entertaining, mindless vacation reads. Still good, but not going to completely wow you. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Canada for the ARC eBook in exchange for my honest review.
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Joy Fielding is a master of emotional rollercoaster rides. The Housekeeper kept me on my toes throughout.  The characters were easy to love but also hate and I wanted to both cry and pull out my hair. Amazing. 

Thank you NetGalley for this arc
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Another great novel by one of my fave authors. Housekeeper is an easy read that kept me interested from the beginning to the last page .
It revolves around an incredible dysfunctional family and the new housekeeper. Must read.
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This book was a 4 star for me, it was a quick captivating read and well written but was a bit predictable. That being said I did enjoy it and found it hard to put down. I don’t think I loved any of the characters except maybe the kids but even they were a tiny bit annoying lol which is a good thing with this type of domestic thriller. This was my first time reading a book by Joy Fielding and I really enjoyed this authors writing style so will be looking into reading some of her past books. This is a perfect book to bring on a vacation or weekend away. 

I voluntarily received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and all opinions are my own 

I would recommend this book to friends and family and my book clubs
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What an awesome thriller/mystery that makes you feel.  Very intense read that does not disappoint ! 

I usually can guess the secrets and who did what in books but not this one. Even the Ending was a big surprise for me. 

The author made the story believable throughout.  Made you feel for the main character. It is one of those - there are good people who do bad things.  

Read it. You won’t regret it.
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The story was fast paced and interesting enough, but the characters… they are all terrible. Tracy is a spoiled brat of an adult who doesn’t work, lives off Daddy’s money, and has an unreal sense of entitlement. She redeems herself a bit in the end, but not by much. Their father is a controlling, egotistical, and distant man. Their mother, although she’s wracked with Parkinson’s now, seemed to also be distant and unaffectionate. Harrison, Jodi’s husband, seems like an absolute piece of garbage. He never has anything nice to say, acts like a martyr for looking after his children, and gaslights Jodi constantly. Jodi is nice enough, but I can’t stand female characters that let everyone walk all over them. I wanted to strangle her. Her internal dialogue consists of things like, “Surely he would see the error of his ways and apologize for his unjust accusations”, and as such she spends most of the time biting her tongue and trying to avoid conflict. It was pretty infuriating.

I spent most of the novel being angry. Bad thing after bad thing happens to Jodi and it’s honestly exhausting to read. Usually a book that makes you feel something is a good book, but I’m not sure if anger counts. The plot was predictable; the end was no surprise. The only redeeming part for me was that it’s set in Toronto (where I live) and I was obviously very familiar with the setting.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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