Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

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?

I was looking through Netgalley a few weeks ago (always a dangerous pastime) and saw The Maid as I was searching. The cover caught my attention – brilliant design, as did the tag line. I remember seeing a few bloggers receive and review this one and it sounded like just the sort of read I was looking for so I requested and was lucky enough to receive it.

I was right, it was exactly the sort of book I enjoy and I quickly fell in love with Molly. Her narration was charming and it was easy to warm to her as a person. While Molly obviously has a different way of looking at the world to others, very literal, follower of the rules and always keen to do the right thing she never came across as helpless even when she was being ruthlessly manipulated by others. She was a strong character who was also very warm.

We meet Molly as she’s feeling a bit adrift in the world after the death of her Grandmother who helped her to interpret the world around her. Molly’s happy place is her work as a maid at the Regency Hotel where she takes great pleasure in returning rooms ‘to a state of perfection’. Yet not everything at the hotel is as it first seems as Molly uncovers during the course of the book.

It was heart breaking at times being able to see what Molly couldn’t and I wanted to step in and tell people to take her seriously when they were ignoring her because they had dismissed her due to her difficulties interpreting people at times.

I loved how she never gave up though, and with the right people on her side giving her a team to work with she pushed on even when things were really tough.

The supporting cast were brilliant too, it was very clever how we saw things through Molly’s eyes while still getting the picture of what else was going on as well. A well crafted novel that kept me hooked, this was a great read.

With thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Maid will be published January 2022

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