Book Reviews

The Maid by Nita Prose

I have seen The Maid everywhere. Now, this is not the nonfiction book turned Netflix show. This is a brand new novel from Nita Prose, and it has been promoted as one of the most anticipated reads of 2022. I can absolutely see why.

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The Story

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed The Maid. I didn’t know much about it beyond the fact that it was super hyped up. I tend to not enjoy those books, but I wasn’t disappointed with this one!

I’ve been describing it as “Eleanor Oliphant, but a mystery.” Molly is that same type of quirky character. She runs into situations that make you say, “Oh, honey.” However, it was great to see her genesis in the end and see her stand up for herself. You want to be her best friend and also take her under your wing. Molly is a character you can root for, and that was really important in this book.

It wasn’t an earth-shattering mystery by any means, so I think the reference in the synopsis of “Clue-like, locked-room mystery” as I feel it’s very accurate. It’s not so predictable that the book is boring, but it all lines up fairly well.

The Maid is Nita Prose’s first novel. She’s an editor-turned-author. From my experience, that doesn’t always produce the best books, but I believe Ms. Prose has a very bright writing future!

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