The Coworker by Freida McFadden

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Dawn Schiff, the oddball accountant at Vixed, suddenly vanishes, sending shockwaves through her workplace. As coworker Natalie receives an eerie anonymous call, it becomes apparent that Dawn was not merely an awkward outsider but the target of someone close. Now, Natalie is entangled in a chilling cat-and-mouse game, questioning who the true victim is. New York Times bestselling author Freida McFadden delivers a gripping thriller, “The Coworker,” delving into the sinister connections between the past and present, culminating in a deadly showdown. Unpredictable and relentless, this suspenseful tale unveils the secrets behind a deeply despised Dawn Schiff.

Book review of The Coworker

“The Coworker” by Freida McFadden is an engaging thriller with intriguing character dynamics. The story revolves around Natalie, the vivacious and successful sales rep, and Dawn, the socially awkward accountant, who work at the same nutritional supplement company. When Dawn mysteriously disappears, Natalie takes it upon herself to investigate, only to stumble upon a chilling crime scene at Dawn’s home.

McFadden skillfully portrays the contrast between the two women’s lives and personalities, keeping the readers on edge. The narrative seamlessly shifts between the search for Dawn and Natalie’s growing fear as she becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. The author excels at building suspense and delivering unexpected twists, making it an enthralling page-turner.

The corporate setting adds a unique dimension to the story, showcasing the complexities and challenges of workplace relationships, particularly among women. The book touches on themes of bullying and the consequences of toxic office dynamics, making it relatable for many readers.

While the plot is filled with suspense and surprises, some may find that the ending lacks McFadden’s typical twist. The identity of the villains is revealed relatively early in the story, deviating from her usual style of keeping readers guessing until the end.

Another aspect of the book that may divide readers is Dawn’s obsession with turtles. While it adds depth to her character, some may find it a bit excessive. Nevertheless, it serves to make her character more relatable.

Final verdict

In summary, “The Coworker” is a gripping thriller that keeps you hooked from the start. Freida McFadden’s talent for crafting suspenseful narratives shines through, even if the ending differs from her usual style. The exploration of workplace dynamics and the fine line between allies and adversaries in the corporate world adds depth to the story. If you enjoy thrillers with unexpected twists and complex characters, this book is worth picking up.

Our Score


  • “The Coworker” offers an engaging and suspenseful plot that keeps readers hooked from the beginning. The mystery surrounding Dawn’s disappearance and the subsequent murder investigation creates a compelling narrative.
  • The book skillfully portrays the complexities of workplace relationships, particularly among women. The stark contrast between Natalie and Dawn’s personalities adds depth to the story and enhances the overall reading experience.
  • Freida McFadden is known for her surprising plot twists, and while this book may reveal the villains earlier than expected, it still contains unexpected turns that keep readers guessing.


  • Unlike McFadden’s typical style, the identity of the villains is revealed relatively early in the story. Some readers may miss the usual suspense and surprise that comes with her books.
  • Dawn’s obsession with turtles, while adding depth to her character, may come across as excessive to some readers. It occasionally distracts from the main plot and character development.
  • If you’re a fan of McFadden’s signature surprise endings and intricate red herrings, you might find “The Coworker” to be a departure from her usual style, as it doesn’t follow the same formula.
The CoworkerPublisher ‏ : ‎ Poisoned Pen Press (August 29, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 172829620X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728296203
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.7 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 0.92 x 8 inches

About Article Author

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill has worked in the publishing industry for more than 15 years for both international and national media. When he is not reading, he enjoys spending time with his three dogs, whom he considers his most loyal reading companions.
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