The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The words of wisdom always advise appreciating what we have because it can be taken away from us in a spear of a second. Victoria had it all, a job she loved, a grand home, and a handsome and successful husband. One dreadful slip on the stairs took it all away from her, leaving her partially paralyzed.

Desperate, broke and two days away from being homeless, Sylvia accepts a job from a guy she meets at the dinner. Since her arrival at the beautiful mansion, Sylvia gets an uneasy feeling about the house. However, despite her sixth sense, Sylvia decides to stay. On her very first day she discovers a diary, and what’s inside surprises and shocks her. But what to believe, a charming and handsome Adam, or the words of paralyzed woman written in the diary?

While reading the novel, I had a very strong feeling that I am re-reading “Gone Girl” all over again. Fortunately, the twist at the end turned the novel in a different direction. I enjoyed the plot, fast and engaging read. Only one part has annoyed me, the naiveness of Victoria, and her behavior throughout the novel. She had an “immature victim” written all over her. No wonder she’s ended up in the position we found her in. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the story. Thank you NetGalley and Hollywood Upstairs Press publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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