NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, from the perspective of the maid who finds the body. Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Glamour, W magazine, PopSugar, The Rumpus, Book Riot, CrimeReads, She Reads
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.
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Nita Prose - The Maid Book Reviews
Unexpected GemWhat I Enjoyed What an unexpected gem of a domestic thriller. The story has teeth, it explores morally gray areas with both shock and clarity, and it touched my heart in the most profound and unexpected ways. Part of the strength of this novel is for the reader to go in blind and discover for themselves all it has to offer, so I’m going to tread lightly so as not to ruin it for you. You must read The Maid and experience it as I did. First, there are many twists and turns up until the very end. I’m just DIZZY from spinning round and round. Just when you think you have the story all figured out, woosh, the rug is pulled from right under your feet and your left trying to make sense of what just happened. I like nothing better than shocking twists that leave me breathless, and this story has plenty. So, just wait for it and don’t assume (because Molly, the main character, will explain to you all about what happens when you assume). I also love the themes the story explores, as they add meat and meaning to the story. Themes like the invisibility of the working class and the marginalization of people with a noticeable disorder that impacts how they process information and/or relate to other people. These are all handled with sincerity and empathy and left no doubt to the injustices that are done regularly. The characters are all so finely developed that it feels like you can turn around in your seat, and they will be right there ready to have a conversation with you – all of them through the most minor of support characters. And it’s through just little things, this is achieved – like the mention of one minor character – another maid – who would wipe the bathroom down with the same rag she used to clean the toilet on purpose. (I know I just heard a collective “eewww.”) Characters Molly Gray is the main character. She loves being a maid and knows that Molly the Maid sounds just too made up. Molly loves it so much that I wanted to be a maid for a minute even though I have severe dust mite allergies. She is delightful and sincere and loves what she’s doing and where she is doing it. If you don’t just fall in love with her as I did, I will be surprised. Reminds Me Of I can’t think of anything else out there like this story. It has all the thrills, chills, and surprises as any good domestic thriller, but it also has a story that will touch your heart and lift you up in the most profound ways. What I Wish I wish some readers wouldn’t make the mistake of calling this a cozy mystery, for it is definitely not. It is a domestic thriller through and through. I also wish that the popular Netflix show Maid had not come out so recently or been so popular because the two can easily get confused and are absolutely nothing alike. Each deserves to stand on their own. To Read or Not to Read This is one of my favorite books this year. I highly recommend it to all readers whether or not thrillers are a genre you usually pick up, as this has so much more to offer than the wonderfully shocking thrills..Score: 5/5
Highly engagingThe author created a character so lovable, so intriguing that us readers are compelled to read on. One could say this is a murder mystery involving greed, ambition, drugs, and deceit, but that would miss the point entirely. A wonderful read!.Score: 2/5
Loved the main character!This is the first book I’ve truly loved in quite a while. Beautifully written and moved quickly. I read it all in less than 24 hours. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5
Couldn’t put it down!This book unfolded in a way that I did not expect it to. The scene was set beautifully, and I found myself feeling bad for the main character. I, in fact, also found myself underestimating her like the rest of the characters. Like every good mystery, there was a twist at the end and everything turned out alright. Great story!.Score: 5/5
Very disappointingThe pace is very slow with so many unnecessary details which take up half the book which is 200 pages. Molly was so annoying and she brought up her grandma on every which got repetitive. The ending made little to no sense when you line it to Mollys action from the beginning. Basically nothing happens except from 10 pages out of 400. The killer reveal was cool but at then end anticlimactic. Honestly it’s just a waste of time.Score: 2/5
The MaidGreat book, loved the story, and Molly the Maid!.Score: 5/5
Great bookVery suspenseful with a VERY surprise ending..Score: 5/5
So good I couldn’t put it down.Refreshingly unusual lead character, wonderful writing. Too good to stop until finished..Score: 5/5
In a word…stunning.The writing was beautifully done. The story had many twists and turns. Highly addictive, hard to put down..Score: 5/5
The maidI love this book I’m not much of a book reader but this book inspires me.Score: 4/5
The MaidThis book might have been marketed as a Young Adult choice. It has some charm, but is otherwise predictable, and not particularly clever. I think the author means to suggest that the main character is on the spectrum, and bright but oblivious to social clues. The author doesn’t stay consistent to that theme though, allowing the main character to be both mailable and keen enough to maneuver the ending..Score: 3/5
Intriguing Story!!This story was so intriguing and surprising for a debut novel. I fell in love with Molly and her way of seeing the world. There were so many surprises throughout the story. I can’t wait to see what this author is going to be bringing us next..Score: 5/5
The MaidAn unusual and intriguing mystery. It has an old fashioned kindness and a relax pace, for a page turner..Score: 4/5
A look into a surprising kaleidoscopeI was sort of put off when I began reading. The style and VOICE of the character was a bit to digest. I found it plodding until the plot revealed the nefarious undercurrent. I read the whole thing and am happy I saw it through..Score: 5/5
Disappointing readI was super excited to read the book but to my surprise the book was not good at all. It had a very slow pace for the first half and only started to get interesting towards the end. Molly maid was supposed to be a normal awkward quirky maid in this hotel and the first half of the book (which was really slow ) made it seem she was also very oblivious to her surroundings. Which is exactly why the ending did not make sense at all because they were too many holes in the book. The details were put in the wrong places..Score: 1/5
Cozy whodunnit mysteryThe beginning started off very interesting and held my attention but then it began to get very slow and boring. The main character, Molly, is sweet and a hard worker but she was quiet annoying at times. Molly was raised by her grandmother. She adored her gran so much and held onto every word she said. Mollly repeats her gran's cheesy, cliché sayings so often that it became very annoying. I do appreciate having a main character who is on the spectrum however I feel like the character was often inconsistent with her actions and choices and slightly unreliable, especially in the end. She is completely relatable when it comes to how awkward she is but it just wasn't consistent and at times was a bit too much. The ending had some heartwarming moments a huge plot twist that really caught my attention as I wasn't expecting it. The ending held a faster pace than most of the book which was almost disappointing because I wanted more detail. I feel like details were given in the wrong areas. The ending was when I really realized that Molly was an unreliable character and it felt like things were just thrown together at the end..Score: 2/5
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