The Housemaid Series Recap (Summaries & Book List)

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See below for a recap of all the books in The Housemaid Series by Freida McFadden, a mystery-thriller book series consisting of three titles — The Housemaid (2022), The Housemaid’s Secret (2023) and The Housemaid is Watching (2024).

The books in this series function as standalone books, but it’s generally recommended to read them in order for context and to prevent spoiling the ends of the prior books. No additional titles have currently been announced.

Book #1

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

August 23, 2022  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Millie takes a job at the luxurious Winchester residence as a live-in housemaid. Andrew Winchester is handsome and kind, but things go downhill quickly as Nina Winchester exhibits increasingly bizarre and frustrating behavior. (Read more below…)

Book #2

The Housemaid’s Secret by Freida McFadden

February 20, 2023  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Millie accepts a job cleaning for tech CEO Douglas Garrick, but becomes concerned when his wife Wendy never leaves her room. (Read more below…)

Book #3

The Housemaid is Watching by Freida McFadden

June 11, 2024  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Millie is now living in the suburbs on a cul-de-sac and is no longer cleaning houses. But her neighbor Mrs Lowell seems to be hiding secrets, as does Mrs Lowell’s housemaid …

Book #1

The Housemaid

August 23, 2022  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Millie is a young, beautiful ex-con who gets a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy couple, Nina and Andrew. Nina is temperamental and increasingly crazy, while Andrew is attractive and kind. Millie eventually sleeps with Andrew, and he kicks Nina out. We then learn that Nina hates Andrew and wanted to be free of him, which is why she hired Millie in the first place as a replacement. During their marriage, Andrew tortured Nina by locking her up in an attic room as “punishment” to correct various behaviors. He had her locked up in a psychiatric facility for 8 months as well. He used threats against her daughter to control her.

In present day, Andrew soon turns on Millie and wants to do the same (locking her up, torturing her) to her, but Millie finds some pepper spray in the attic room and attacks Andrew, locking him in the room and torturing him instead. We then learn that Millie went to jail for accidentally killing and attempted rapist and has a few other violent incidents in her past. Nina knew about it all along. She not only wanted Millie to be a replacement, she was also hoping Millie would kill Andrew.

When he dies, Nina offers to take the blame for it, since it’s what she wanted all along, she just didn’t have it in her to kill him. But when the police detective comes to question her it turns out his daughter was Andrew’s ex-fiance who was traumatized by him. The detective concludes the death was an accident. In the Epilogue, Millie interviews for a cleaning job but it becomes clear the woman really just wants Millie to kill her abusive husband. Millie takes the job.

Book #2

The Housemaid’s Secret

February 20, 2023  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Four years later, Millie is still housekeeper, though she spent many years helping women get out of abusive relationships. Millie gets hired by Wendy for that purpose, to get away from her husband Douglas. When things get ugly, Millie shoots Douglas, and he dies. However, Wendy soon claims to the police that Millie was having an affair with Douglas and shot him because he ended things with her.

It’s revealed that Wendy has been having an affair and wanted to leave Douglas, but the prenup meant she would get nothing. The man Millie “shot” was actually Wendy’s lover, Russell. But there were blanks in the gun. Instead, Wendy invited the real Douglas over afterwards and shoots him for real, and then framed Millie for it.

Millie reaches out to her ex Enzo and together they figure out what happened. Meanwhile, Wendy finds out Douglas left all his money to charity in his will. Also, he installed a security camera at their place so the police know what really happened. Then, Russell’s wife Marybeth confronts Wendy and Russell. She kills Russell and forces Wendy to give a confession and write a suicide note. She drugs Wendy to force her to overdose on heart medication (which it turns out Millie gave to Marybeth for that purpose). Millie is exonerated and moves in with Enzo.

Book #3

The Housemaid is Watching

June 11, 2024  |  Review  |  Chapter Summary

Coming soon!

Do I need to read the previous books in the series? Are these standalone books?

These all function as standalone books, but it’s better to read them in order for both context and to prevent spoiling the ending of the books.

How many books are in the series? Have many books are expected?

There are currently three books in the series. No further books have been announced as of March 2024.



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