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Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

Title: The Maid
Author: Nita Prose
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 304 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)Canada

SummaryMolly 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.

Review: I had read numerous good reviews of this book in the blogosphere and knew I wanted to read it. I am so glad that I did. I'll be honest and say that the first half of the book is good. I liked it, but didn't love it. Then it really started to pick up and by the end I am upping my description to "I really liked the novel."

Molly is a great character. She is on the ACE spectrum and the author has caught her voice well; the reader can hear Molly in her conversations and thought processes. She is methodical, dedicated to her work, and truly misses her grandmother who recently died. I also thought the way other people interacted with her, both those who like her and those who use her due to her innocence.

The story is intriguing with twists that make sense and complicated relationships. I like how it ended up and where Molly was with herself and her situation. I can see why this novel is a hit with book bloggers.

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