Title: The Maid
Author: Nita Prose
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published Date: January 4, 2022
Ratings: 5 stars
Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Nita Prose excels in creating multidimensional characters that feel authentic and relatable. Amanda, the protagonist, is a compelling and sympathetic character. Her troubled past and resilient nature make her a captivating focal point. Prose delves deep into Amanda’s psyche, exploring the traumas and insecurities that shape her actions and decisions throughout the novel. The author’s portrayal of Amanda’s vulnerability and strength adds depth and complexity to her character, making her journey all the more compelling.
Supporting characters, such as the Richardson family members and other household staff, are equally well-developed. Each character brings their own set of motivations, secrets, and hidden agendas, contributing to the intricate web of relationships and power dynamics. Prose skillfully crafts a cast of characters that keeps readers guessing about their true intentions, creating a sense of unease and mystery.
Nita Prose’s writing style is engaging and fluid, with well-crafted prose that effortlessly propels the story forward. The pacing is expertly managed, alternating between slower, introspective moments and heart-pounding twists and turns. The author’s ability to build suspense and maintain the momentum throughout the narrative is commendable. Each chapter leaves readers eager for more, with perfectly timed revelations and cliffhangers that keep them fully engaged in the story.