Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

About the Book:

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?

Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Released 20th January 2022

My Thoughts:

What an utterly delightful novel this was! Part cosy mystery, part dark comedy, part life lessons, this novel really caught me by surprise. I enjoyed it so much I missed reading it once I was finished. There was something so satisfying about sinking into the pages of this one and it’s got the honour of being my first five star read for 2022.

Molly works as a maid at a fancy hotel, living alone since her beloved grandmother died, struggling to make ends meet, and isolated socially by those around her who think she’s odd, amongst other insults. Molly’s social skills differ from the ‘norm’ and without her grandmother to interpret things for her, she finds herself in a vulnerable position, unable to see the danger lurking right in front of her and unable to read the not so good intentions of those who want to take advantage of her goodness. People assume that because her social skills are less honed, that she is stupid – so not the case!

I really enjoyed this novel and loved Molly as a character. There are many take home messages from this story, and while it is ultimately a feel-good novel, it dips in and out of these important themes with ease. Above all, never assume, you know the old adage: ASS-U-ME. The Maid is a top-notch story and I believe the film rights have already been snapped up. It would make a terrific film with the right actor in the role of Molly. A funny, heart-warming, original story that I recommend widely.

5/5

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

    • I think I enjoyed it all the more for not having any idea on what to expect. For some reason I thought the maid was going to be some sinister character and I had a whole different type of book in my head going in. So glad it turned out to be nothing like that!

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