The Maid is a cleverly conceived story of how some people can be invisible to us even though they are right in front of us.
Molly Gray is a maid, she enjoys her job at the Regency Grand Hotel and prides herself on doing her very best at work every day. Unfortunately, there are others who see her societal challenges as an opportunity to manipulate her and use her for their gain. She’s always had her gran to rely on to help her understand people’s behaviour towards her, but without this support it soon becomes clear that Molly is beginning to trust the wrong people.
Life as she knows it is tipped on its head when Molly discovers a dead guest in the hotel. Traumatised and cast out from one of the only places where she feels grounded, this discovery sets into motion a chain of events that will soon have her floundering. Many ups and downs lie ahead, but she will eventually discover unexpected friendships and a strength she didn’t know she had.
I enjoyed Molly as a character, I found myself often thinking of my own gran and the many sayings she imprinted on me while growing up. Even to this day I often share sayings with my own children that my gran once shared with me.
The Maid by Nita Prose for me was far more character driven and less mystery, which was no problem because I enjoyed meeting all the characters at the hotel and seeing their stories slowly unfurl. Within the pages of this book there was also a gentle reminder to be kind to others and to always treat people with respect.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.