The Maid by Nita Prose is narrated by Molly Gray, a 25-year-old maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. Molly knows she is different from most people. While it is never stated, she is most likely on the spectrum. She loves her job and the order it gives to her life. She enjoys being one of the invisible people amongst the guests of the hotel. Unfortunately, Molly doesn’t understand social clues. She was bullied as a child and now many of her co-workers say cruel things about her. She is wise enough to know that sticks and stones often hurt far less than words.
Molly was raised by her beloved Gran who passed away about six months earlier. While deceased, Gran is still an integral part of this story. Without Gran’s love and guidance, Molly is truly on her own in a world that is difficult for her to navigate. Unfortunately, Molly is befriended by several people who use her for the wrong reasons. At times, it was stressful hearing Molly’s ignorant bliss when describing what was happening to her.
Molly’s world is upended when she discovers a wealthy guest, Mr. Black, dead in his room. Since she is so gullible, it was easy to set her up for the murder. Friends she didn’t know she had, help her through this difficult situation.
I really wanted to give this book 5-stars and would have except for a BIG MISTAKE made by the author. During a criminal trial, the author has a criminal defense attorney who formerly represented one of the witnesses, asking questions during the trial. That is ridiculous! The only attorneys who can ask questions during a criminal trial are the prosecutor and the accused defendant’s attorney. Witnesses have never been allowed to have their own attorneys participate. That applies in both the United States and Canada, where the author lives.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 due to the lack of simple legal research by the author. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, nor is ignoring the law for dramatic effect acceptable.
Thank you to #NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books for my advanced reader copy. This novel will be published on January 4, 2022.