📖PLOT SUMMARY 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.
I couldn’t wait to read this one after seeing it all over Instagram! I am pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint.
The writing was engaging and I was never sure who to trust. I never saw the ending coming! One moment you thought you had it, and then the next moment something happened to make you question it.
It was written from the Maid’s point of view, which was interesting because of her personality. I don’t think that the book would have been what it was without the Maid’s unique personality and take on life. I liked seeing her thought processes and her often thinking back to what her gran had taught her. There was an innocence there that was endearing.
The whole book was based on conversation and action, with little pockets of description of the surroundings. This technique meant that I was able to focus more on what the characters were up to!
The book was split into 5 parts, with each part being a day or time scale written on notepaper which was a nice touch. The parts were then split into the chapters. The chapters were fairly long, which meant that you were able to really get into parts of the story before moving on.
The characters were great. I loved Molly the Maid and her eventual group of true friends. There were some unpleasant characters, but without them the story wouldn’t have been what it was! I loved reading about Molly’s interactions with the other characters. I did feel sorry for her at times and desperately wanted a happy ending for her.
Lastly the settings. They were secondary to what was happening to the characters, but the pockets of description that there was, was through Molly’s eyes, which was interesting. It was enough to give the story a good grounding, as well as to highlight Molly’s personality and what was happening to her at the time.
Overall I loved this book and it was definitely worth the hype! It wasn’t what I was expecting, and for me that made it better. I highly recommend it to mystery fans.
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