Page Count 331
Publication date January 2022
Publisher Harper Collins
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?
Within the first few pages I was endeared to Molly the maid and narrator of the story. She seemed so innocent. Prose immediately tugs on the heart strings when Molly describes how her difficulty with social skills has left her alone and friendless despite her unassuming and kind demeanor.
Reading from Molly’s perspective alternately warms and breaks the heart. I’m not sure and it isn’t explained what kind of mental difficulties Molly has but her misunderstanding of virtually every social cue makes you want to congratulate her strength whilst simultaneously wrapping her in cotton wool.
It’s easy to see through the lies and manipulation employed by those around Molly at the Regency Hotel, seeking to take advantage of her beautiful nature. Prose drops in just enough hints to alert the reader that something inherently wrong is happening at the hotel but not exactly what or by whom.
The Maid is an emotional ride that reminds us of the best and worst human behaviours whilst uncovering the shocking truth behind the death of Mr Black.
An easy read with a golden heart, perfect for a cosy evening.