Publication: 20th January 2022 – HarperCollins
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…
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, then you are going to ADORE The Maid. I definitely did. I read it in one day during which I laughed, I was a bit tense by the mystery, and I was also emotional.
The protagonist of The Maid is Molly Gray who did remind me a bit of Eleanor Oliphant, but is also a unique character. Her grandmother raised her and supported her and, even though she has passed away, Molly still looks for her help and wisdom (these were the emotional parts for me) and she goes through life following her grandmother’s sayings. Molly is smart and strong-willed, polite and precise, but she doesn’t understand sarcasm and she trusts easily so she is often taken advantage of. That’s how she finds herself in trouble.
Now, about the plot. Molly works as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, known for its important VIP guests. Molly’s job is to return “rooms to a state of perfection” and she does it meticulously. When one of the most important guests in the hotel is found dead in his bed, Molly finds herself entangled in the investigation, because the guests may not see her, but she sees everything…
“I am your maid. I am the one who cleans your hotel room, who enters like a phantom when you’re out gallivanting for the day, no care at all about what you’ve left behind, the mess or what I might see when you’re gone.”
The Maid is truly an incredible addictive novel. It is brilliantly-written, entertaining, and witty. It is also intriguing, with a bit of suspense and a final twist that I didn’t see coming. It is also a bit heartbreaking as we see Molly missing her grandmother and struggling with things that for others are easy or normal. I really felt for her in those moments.
The Maid is an unforgettable and immersive novel with a one-of-a-kind protagonist that you won’t be able to put down until the very end. A must-read!!!
A huge thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of the novel.
NITA PROSE is a long-time editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately clean.
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