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The Maid: A Novel de Nita Prose

The Maid: A Novel (edição: 2022)

de Nita Prose (Autor)

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Título:The Maid: A Novel
Autores:Nita Prose (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2022), 304 pages
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The Maid: A Novel de Nita Prose


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Thanks to Penguin Random House for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Brilliantly paced and with a main character to steal hearts, "The Maid" is a rare treat. The novel is told entirely in the voice and from the perspective of Molly, a neurodivergent woman dealing with the death of a grandmother who helped her get a job and navigate adult life. "The Maid" makes use of narrative distance to pull the reader right into the action.

A devoted, disciplined, and exacting hotel maid, Molly has difficulty interpreting events and the actions and motives of coworkers that are clear to the reader. Molly is gradually lured into association with a crime ring and mixed up in the murder of a guest in the hotel. Slowly but surely, as the reader cheers her on, loveable and sympathetic Molly puts the pieces together with the help of some valuable new friends.

A couple of breathtaking reveals at the end show that Molly was more clever, resourceful, and capable in her own way than anyone could have suspected. As a romantic and funny mystery, "The Maid" had the feel of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "The Rosie Project." ( )
  jillrhudy | Oct 14, 2021 |
As the market finally expands to include more books featuring unconventional characters, it can be difficult to find one that is not too “preachy” or condescending. The Maid, by Nita Prose, is a recent example. The narrator here is Molly Maid, a woman whose apparent difficulties are revealed at the outset. The storyline centers around a murder that Molly discovers while cleaning a suite. As Molly becomes more involved in the mystery, the novel perfectly aligns with the familiar “Wrongly Accused” plot device. Her naiveté prevents the young woman from accurately judging character, deciphering emotions, and navigating the social world. She is depicted as single-mindedly devoted to her job and a strict adherent to well-defined rules. The reader is tasked to “translate” Molly’s experiences, from a distinctly privileged position. She is meant to be endearing despite her robotic demeanor. Her unique talents do allow her to notice details as an “invisible” observer, but her inability to discern deceit and falsity undercut any usefulness. As a mystery it is gentle, predictable and occasionally clever. The Maid goes astray from the author’s intention. Prose is trying to be inclusive, but the tone comes across as patronizing, both for Molly and the reader.

Thanks to the author, Ballantine Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
  jnmegan | Oct 7, 2021 |
THE MAID by Nita Prose
This is an intriguing book. The main character and narrator is Molly, a maid at an exclusive hotel. Molly is a perfectionist and a bit strange to others. She lives with her Gran and sees everything in black and white until……… a murder takes place at the hotel and Moly is the one who finds the body.
Friendship, truth, justice, our perception of those somewhat different, all play a part in the resolution of who killed Mr. Black. Once begun, it is difficult to put this book down. Molly is a character you sympathize with and yet don’t quite understand, just as she doesn’t quite understand the world. She is fascinating just as the book is fascinating.
Book groups will love discussing this book. Readers will be fascinated by Molly. This one is really unput-down-able.
5 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Sep 28, 2021 |
Molly Gray is a maid. Yes, the pun Molly Maid is mentioned a few times in this book. She is a very competent maid and you'll realize she has some OCD going on, a socially awkward woman who doesn't understand how to connect with people. Molly sees everything situation in black and white and doesn't realize when she's being used or made fun of.

Molly makes her rounds cleaning at the Regency Grand hotel, enjoying her job and speaking to some of the guests. When she enters the suite of Mr and Mrs Black she discovers Mr. Black is dead

This was more of a cozy mystery, a completely PG 13 rated plot. As a reader you know which characters are bad and who is being used. You will also discover Molly's resourcefulness discerning facts helps with the murder case.

Publication date January 4, 2022 by Random House Publishing - Ballentine. Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Women's Fiction.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review, all opinions are mine. ( )
  SquirrelHead | Sep 10, 2021 |
Already blocking off space in my top ten books of 2022 list for this one. This one has everything! It's a smart thriller with twists and turns, but also tons of heart. It dives into social issues, providing the perfect material for a book club discussion while keeping you turning the pages frantically to find out what happens next.

Molly the maid is as sweet as apple pie, though she thinks differently than everyone else and struggles to understand social situations. She tries so hard to be helpful and good to everyone around her, even when she puts the puzzle pieces together in the wrong way. She has a set of rules to live her life by, and loves best when she's in her hotel maid uniform, because she knows what to do then. When she discovers the hotel's richest guest, Mr. Black, dead in his bed, she's thrust into a world she doesn't understand. Along the way, she wins her way into the hearts of the reader and many of the characters in the book as well.

Despite being a tightly-paced murder mystery, this book doesn't shy away from important issues. Instead, it dives into the treatment of neurodivergent people, the plight of illegal immigrants, and right, wrong and the gray areas in-between.

The twists at the end will take your breath away. This book deserves space in every mystery collection from here on out. I predict it will become an instant classic.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the Advance Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Asingrey | Aug 26, 2021 |
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