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?
“We’re all entitled to a bad day now & again, but when they are all bad days, with no pleasant ones, then it’s time to reconsider things.”
Molly is a maid at the prestigious Regency Grand Hotel and is wholly consumed by her job. After losing her beloved Gran, her role as a maid is pretty much the only asset she’s most attached to. So, when she discovers the dead body of a VIP guest- Mr Black, she becomes the prime suspect. All odds are against her despite all the loyalty she’s had for the hotel. But is she really the one who’s behind the crime?
The Maid is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated books 2022 has to offer. Nita Prose has carefully carved her characters in this debut fiction, and I instantly warmed up to the lead character- Molly, for her innocence and oblivious personality. In a world that is constantly racing up to tear each other down, being a pure soul appears to be a crime. And you’ll find so much of that in Molly. Yes, she’s different and socially awkward. She is mainly on the receiving end of being deceived by the ones she has a big heart for, but that makes her even more special. She takes pride in her work and is a superstar employee who likes to do her tasks with perfection. She’ll grow on you within the first few pages of the book.
At some stages, the novel did give me Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine vibes. But I also can’t deny that Prose has delivered an extraordinary story at the first go with an equal measure of heroes and villains protruding in her novel. I was slightly disappointed by the revelations in the epilogue because I was thoroughly invested in the story, and I expected something better, but it overall makes for a great read. It also bears all the potential to get pivoted into some Netflix series real soon. So watch out!
The Maid was published on 20th January 2022 by HarperCollins Australia. You can purchase the book here.