by Nita Prose, Lauren Ambrose (Narrator)
I am your maid.
I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.
But what do you know about me?
Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?
But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?
Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how everyone deserves to be seen. And how the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between…
‘The Maid’ had a really long wait list at my library so without having any knowledge of the book, I went ahead and added myself to the list to see what all the fuss was about!
‘The Maid’ by Nita Prose tells the story of Molly, a 25 year old maid in the Regency Grand Hotel. When Molly goes into a guest’s room to clean, she finds him napping. On closer inspection, the man is dead and Molly later gets caught up in the police investigation as a witness and potential suspect.
“I don’t cut corners, I shine them. No fingerprint left to erase, no smear left to clear.”
Molly struggles with social skills and often misinterprets the intentions of others. Her Gran died a few months ago and now she’s alone in the world, without anyone to help her navigate the challenges of life. Told from Molly’s point of view, we learn how Molly thinks, how she takes things so literally, how she trusts and how she longs for friendship.
Touching on issues of confidence, identity and trust, this is a mystery with a touch of heart. I found this to be a satisfying read but it was quite slow going and I did lose interest at points. I really liked Molly as a character, she’s quirky, forthright, loyal and honest, and her story of personal growth was an enjoyable one. This was a nice read for me but it didn’t blow me away, I’ve heard rumours of an adaptation, which I’d love to see one day!
I enjoyed this debut novel and look forward to seeing more from this author.
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