Book Blurb

Maria always wanted a family. Now she’s found one.

Imogen has never been so busy – she’s juggling two jobs, has a young family and now she’s pregnant again.

Enter Maria, the perfect housekeeper. Hard working and capable, she seems like the ideal solution to Imogen's chaotic life. But Maria isn’t at all what she seems – she has a sinister agenda of her own.

Little by little, she installs herself at the heart of Imogen’s family – doing the school run, cooking meals, caring for Imogen’s little girl.

But once she has won the family’s trust, Maria starts to do some digging. And discovers that Imogen has been keeping a terrible secret, a secret which Maria threatens to reveal unless Imogen starts to run this home the way Maria sees fit.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, Imogen has no choice but to comply.

A terrible mistake. Because as the full scale of Maria’s horrifying plan becomes apparent, Imogen realises that everything she holds dear – her marriage, her family, her friends – all may fall victim to The Homemaker.

The Homemaker – the chilling psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Visitors and What She Knew.

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My Review
The Homemaker is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. What is Imogen hiding? Why did Maria target her family? And is anything Maria says actually the truth? This one is definitely a wild ride.
The story follows Imogen and her family as she struggles to keep up with being a working mom and housewife. She's got her dentist husband, her young daughter, and her moody teenage stepson to deal with, along with her B&B business and a hotel consultancy job. She's also grieving the loss of her mother. And, to top it all off, she finds out she's pregnant. That's a lot for just one woman to deal with.
Enter Maria, an older woman looking for a housekeeping job. She impresses Imogen with her desire to help out and gets hired immediately. But there's more to Maria than meets the eye. She soon starts taking on more tasks, even ones she's not required to do. She insists it's because she just wants to help, and to make sure Imogen is resting and taking care of herself now that she's pregnant. But is that really why Maria is doing things? 
Things start to spiral out of control when Maria discovers some of Imogen's secrets and threatens to reveal them. What else can Imogen do but comply with Maria's demands? Can she find a way to remove Maria from her life completely, before it's too late?
I really liked this book, but I also kinda hated the characters. That's not a bad thing, though. Maria is easy enough to dislike, but I also found Imogen a bit frustrating a lot of the time, and her husband Josh comes across as indifferent. Kyle is also kind of a jerk. The only character I really liked was Ava. I suppose Tom isn't all that bad either. 
The pacing and overall plot will keep you eagerly flipping pages as you try to figure out what the truth really is. There are a lot of secrets and lies in this book, but figuring things out is part of the fun. 
While the ending did feel just a smidge anticlimactic (I was expecting something a bit more...intense, I guess), I still enjoyed it and was happy to see how it all played out. 
If you're looking for a thrilling new book to read, pick up The Homemaker and give it a go.
4.5 stars!

 Miranda’s Bio Miranda Rijks is a writer of psychological thrillers and suspense novels. She has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. 

She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. 

She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.

This is her twentieth psychological thriller with Inkubator Books.

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