Book Review: The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden

I have decided to reinstate book reviews on this blog! The first book that I will review this year is called The Wife Upstairs, by Freida McFadden. Because it is a new year, I have updated the book review banner so as to differentiate my book reviews from 2020 versus 2021. Last year, I read and reviewed books that I happened to pick out at the library because they seemed interesting. I hope to do the same this year. However, I also hope to read and review more books about race, racism, and the multiracial experience. (By the way, if you have any suggestions for books that you think I should read or review, then drop the suggestion down in the comments below.).

But first, a little background as to how I first came upon The Wife Upstairs

I recently procured the Kindle E-Reader last year as a Christmas present to myself. I have been wanting an E-Reader since my old Nook E-Reader simply stopped working (RIP). Even though I will always be a staunch advocate of the beautiful hardback books, or the easy to carry paperback books, there are certain benefits to reading on an E-Reader. One of the benefits is the ability to read in the pitch darkness with nothing but a warm blanket, a delicious snack (preferably chocolate), and a book in my hand. Another benefit is that this E-Reader will give me more insight into the world of publishing via Amazon, should I choose to go that route sometime in the future. But anyway, the first book that I read on the Kindle, for free via the free trial of Kindle Unlimited, is obviously The Wife Upstairs, by Freida McFadden.

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Book Review

Title: The Wife Upstairs

Author: Frieda McFadden

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What It’s About

The Wife Upstairs, by Frieda McFadden, is a psychological thriller type book. It tells the story of a woman named Silvia who working a job waitressing, but is so close to being evicted from her apartment. She had also broken up with her boyfriend. But then, after an interview with a stranger who offers her a job taking care of his wife, she takes it intending to use it as a means to help her get her feet back onto firm ground. But the catch is that she has to work at his huge mansion in the middle of nowhere outside New York City. She is excited at this opportunity, despite some reservations that she has about working there.

The man, or Adam, seems like a nice person, going out of his way to help her get settled in, offering the use of his wife’s car for any of her needs, and basically being an all-around charming, handsome guy. But then, she begins to find that there is more to this picture perfect life than it seems. For one, Adam’s wife, Victoria, gives her a diary that she wrote. She begins reading the diary, and the book alternates between present day and the past (via the diary). While reading, the diary she soon discovers a few things that deepen her suspicions. First, she notices how Victoria refuses to look at or speak to her husband. For another, the housekeeping staff (which consists of two people) seems to be rather secretive and skittish around her. And finally, she notices that there are odd indentures in the wall, as if it had been the result of a violent physical altercation. She also notices that Adam, despite being the all-around charming, handsome guy, has a temper that when it is unleashed makes everyone scurry for cover.

As the book winds down toward its climax and ultimately a resolution, I found myself not able to put the book down. I kept swiping from one page to the next, telling myself one more chapter. When I finally reached the end of the book, I wasn’t surprised at the resolution. Similar to a few other psychological thriller books that I have read, I assumed that Adam had tried to kill his wife Victoria but then something had gone wrong. Reading Victoria’s diary only served to confirm my suspicions. But then, something happened to change my views around. And then, there was another twist that changed everything.

Why You Should Read

Ultimately, this was an easy to read page turner of a book. It was entertaining and kept me engaged during the two days that I spent reading it. But in the end, I found myself unsatisfied with the book, hence the three star rating. Even though the premise and plot was good, I found it to be too predictable and similar to the book Gone Girl. However, I still recommend this book for anyone who loves reading thrillers and looking for a quick and entertaining book to read.

What book are you currently reading now?

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 31 year old hapa mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

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