Book Review: The Housekeeper by Valerie Keogh

Please help me in welcoming Valerie Keogh to Novel Kicks and the blog tour for her novel, The Housekeeper.

An unwelcome guest?

Still in shock after the tragic death of husband Richie, Cassie Macreddin hopes that her new home, historic Hindon House, is the place where she can heal her pain and hide her secrets.

But Hindon House has secrets of its own…

Cassie soon realises that not everyone is pleased at her arrival and that someone is actively trying to make her leave Hindon House….but who? And why?

As events escalate, Cassie must fight to save her home…and maybe even her life.

Don’t miss the brand new thriller by Valerie Keogh! Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and K.L. Slater.


Cassie, having just bought Hindon House is hoping for a fresh start after the loss of her husband.

Wanting the work done on the house as soon as possible so that her dream of a B&B can be realised, she refuses to let a few strange things going on with the house to derail her plans but someone is determined to stop her and how far will they go?

I am a big fan of Valerie Keogh and so was pleased to be invited onto the blog tour for her latest novel, The Housekeeper.

The premise was intriguing and it didn’t take long for me to get pulled into this story.

Cassie is a little bit of a tragic character. She hasn’t had a good time of it. She just wants to move on, open her business and have a quiet life. There was a little part of me that didn’t know whether my sympathy for her was misplaced and this is answered as the story unfolds.

The house itself is a character and as for the supporting cast, Valerie Keogh does such a good job at spreading doubt that I suspected everyone. This still didn’t stop me from being surprised when the reveal eventually happened. Tension and suspense is superbly built and I did find myself looking up and around the room at a couple of noises as I had got so much into the story, I got a little spooked. Hahaha.

It is so hard to talk about this book without giving it away. What I will say is that Valerie Keogh has once again written a compelling, frightening, rollercoaster of a psychological story that had me wanting to know what happened next.

The themes tackled are hard-hitting and handled in a sensitive way.

If you’re a fan of this author, this book won’t disappoint. If you’re a fan of the genre and looking for a great, gripping story, this book is perfect.



About Valerie Keogh  –

Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound.

She originally comes from Dublin but now lives in Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years.

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The Housekeeper was released by Boldwood Books on 9th October 2023. Click here to buy on Amazon UK and Waterstones


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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