I received an ebook via Netgalley at my own request. This review forms my honest opinion.
I am your maid.
I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.
But what do you know about me?
Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?
But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?
Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .
The Maid took me somewhat by surprise. I expected it to be a bit of a bog standard read, enjoyable enough but forgettable.
Enter Molly. A unique character, entirely herself and I loved her for it. Social interactions and etiquette are often confusing for her, leaving her vulnerable. But this is not a sorry story about a poor young woman. This is a heart warming story of resilience and friendship. And I could not put it down.
I found myself completely gripped from the first page. First finding myself charmed by the endearing Molly and firmly placing myself in her corner, come what may. Seeing her misinterpret and misunderstand the actions of others is at times painful and I quickly felt protective over her. The character building is absolutely amazing, and I struggle to think of many characters I’ve taken to in this way.
And the Regency Grand Hotel. Far more than just a hotel. This art deco style hotel lives in these pages, the sense of place is incredible. I can see how this was picked up for screen so swiftly, as it’s such a visual read.
The story itself is fast paced and held my interest throughout. Though the murder and resulting investigation forms the primary plotline, the side plots balanced the dodgy happenings with some lighter relief; friendship and romance lending a softer side and fully fleshing Molly out as a character.
With the screen rights sold, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Molly translates on screen. In the meantime I’ll be shouting just how much I loved Molly the Maid!