#TsundokuSquad Book Club – November 2021 – The Maid

Hello fellow bookworms!

At the start of the year I announced that I had joined a book club (#TsundokuSquad) and today I am sharing our groups thoughts on our read of the year.

Title: The Maid

Author: Nita Prose

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Mystery & Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 4.22

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

#TsundokuSquad Average Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

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 demeanour 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 heart-warming 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.

#TsundokuSquad Review:

I think it is safe to say that all of us were very keen to start this one. All of us in the group love a little but of mystery and couldn’t wait to dive into The Maid.

This was a brilliant read. I honestly couldn’t fault it and could of easily sat and devoured it in one sitting. Molly the Maid was an incredible main character. I loved her outlook on life and how black and white everything was to her. She had a sense of professionalism that went beyond the doors of her hotel and a knack for cleaning like no other. Everyone in the group agreed that Molly was the star of this book and completely stole the show.

Once we learnt more about Molly we couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. If it wasn’t for her beloved Gran we don’t know what would of happened to her. Even as she headed into her adult life she still had hardships and once we learnt more about her work colleagues my sympathy only deepened.

From the beginning all of us were desperately hoping that Molly had nothing to do with Mr Black’s murder. I would hate to see someone so sweet, kind and generous get caught up in all of that. I will admit there were a few occasions when a few in the group did doubt her and I can see why. I wasn’t entirely sure how truthful Molly was being at points. What we all hoped was that we would get answers to all the questions we had. There’s nothing worse than a book leaving the readers with more questions than answers. Luckily for us everything was wrapped up neatly and on the whole it was a satisfying ending.

I can’t say anything more without giving too much away but trust me when I say you need to read this book. Once you let Molly the Maid into your life you won’t want her to leave!

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