The MaidNita Prose

The Maid

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The Maid by Nita Prose Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
“The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour

In development as a major motion picture produced by and starring Florence Pugh

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?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming 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.

The Maid (Nita Prose) Book Reviews

EngagingTold from 1st person. While never stated, the maid appears mildly autistic but grows with the story. Through the trauma of finding a guest dead and the help of true friends she grows out of herself. Closes with a twist of two..Score: 4/5

The MaidGreat fun - an easy read with interesting characters and creative narration. Enjoyed it immensely!.Score: 4/5

Entertaining and educational at the same time!Excellent writing! As a former educator, this books provides insights into the life of a beautiful, smart woman who deals with being autistic and helps the reader understand the spectrum. All this encased in a beautifully written novel. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

A Wonderful TellingA wonderful read telling of how people treat other people makes all the difference in the world! It’s all in perception!.Score: 5/5

The Maid is a good beach read.This is a light book with a simple story where good ultimately triumphs over evil..Score: 3/5

Columbo would be proudAn entertaining, page- turner of a novel! Delightfully written with subtle lessons on the need for human empathy & acceptance. Good reading- I recommend this book!.Score: 5/5

Are you jokingI finished this in five hours and my jaw is on the floor. There are twists and turns down to the very last page. This is by far the best book I’ve read in a very long time. 10000/10 recommend.Score: 5/5

GreatGreat.Score: 3/5

Good, but not greatThe book was interesting and fun to read, but it was not always believable..Score: 3/5

IT TOOK JUST A DAY -- to read this fabulous, entertaining, and interesting book and to put it away - up on my virtual bookcase for this years books read from cover to cover. This is the first novel that i have read in quite some time - as I usually read TRIUE CRIME, NON FICTION BOOKS on NATURE and ADVENTURE, etc. - that a see reviewed from my favorite authors in the many magazines I read - as well as books on HUMAN NATURE, PSYCHOLOGY, and on REAL and FASCINATING PEOPLE - from many years ago - up until today. I HIGHLY recommend this quick - can’t put down until you get to the end read - to anyone who has the time to truly enjoy it - as I have done - reclining in my bed - on a cold, windy, and rainy winter’s day - or at anytime at all. A 10 STAR read in my expert opinion - but as the raring stars only go up to FIVE - that is what it got from me. EFHJR..Score: 5/5

ExcellentI will read this again one day because it is one of these books that you will find something new every time. It rates up there with “Where The Crawdad Sings” in my top five. The characters are well written, and the little surprises that pop up every once in a while pertaining to them are unexpected and “delightful”..Score: 5/5

GoodnessAn engaging, suspenseful portrait of otherness unlike anything I’ve ever read. The willing reader enters the day-to-day life of a fully drawn character from another world (mine at least) in her daily work, her relationships with others, her intimate and spiritual life, her struggle to understand the motivations of others. Sound like a goody-goody social justice treatise? Well, there’s a thriller-type mystery at the heart of the story with ethical quandaries and serious threats of danger. The Maid is wonderful..Score: 5/5

Wes Anderson vibesThank you to Penguin Random House & Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! SYNOPSIS: Molly is a maid working in the Regency Grand Hotel who takes her job very seriously and is a strict rule-abider. Socially awkward and often misunderstanding how to communicate, she's left to navigate the world on her own after her Gran passes away. When she stumbles upon the dead body of one of the Regency Grand Hotel's repeat guests, the wealthy Mr. Black, her life is turned upside down. She immediately becomes the number 1 suspect in Mr. Black's murder, though she maintains her innocence and naivety to the situation. Molly finds friendship in the most unlikely of situations and surprises you with her ability to avenge others' wrongdoings while sticking to her and Gran's moral code. REVIEW: 3 stars! This was overall a heartwarming journey, but it did take quite a while for me to get into it. The story picks up about halfway through, but even still I ultimately wasn't very attached to any of the characters or motivated to keep reading. I did finish it though, and there's a plot twist at the end. This book reads like a Wes Anderson film, of whom I'm not a fan..Score: 3/5

Meh!Nice book. Not a great read by any means. It has merits in its moral lessons..Score: 3/5

DelightfulA joy to read. Absolute perfection..Score: 5/5

Enjoyable!What a page Turner! Hope Reese Witherspoon picks this one up for her book club! Not bad!.Score: 5/5

Love, love, love Molly The MaidWasn’t sure this book was for me. Sooooo glad I listened to someone else. I laughed, I cried AND I was surprised! It’s different from anything I’ve ever read and I’m glad I gave it a shot!!.Score: 5/5

Fun readEnjoyed the book..Score: 4/5

Amazing!Perfect example of Kafkaesque.Score: 5/5

The MaidLove this book and what it says about people and the human condition..Score: 5/5

MehWas really hoping to get into this book but never really did - writing was very simple (like the main character) who i found a bit annoying — with her literalness of everything. Her naïveté to life around her was hard to believe. But it was an easy read while on vacation which was why i gave it 3 stars..Score: 3/5

Couldn’t put it downGreat mystery with unexpected turns. A page turner that finds you not able to put it down..Score: 5/5

A Perfect StoryAs far as Summer reads go, this is a fantastic book. Its story lulls along at a perfect pace, and my, what a story! The characters are perfect, especially Molly, the main character, who is by far one of the best written characters I’ve seen in a while. The way the story ties back into her Gran with her euphemisms is fantastic and pushes the story forward to an amazing twist at the end. The friendships are key in the story, and the mystery is waiting to be unfolded!.Score: 5/5

AWESOME!The Maid, Molly Gray, is a memorable character. An awesome page turner and great ending!! Loved it..Score: 5/5

Great read and a quick one!Most unusual! If familiar with those on spectrum - neurodivergent- you quickly get into a world of precise detail that makes this mystery intriguing!.Score: 5/5

Great storyVery quick read. Loved the character of Molly. I’ve never read a mystery novel with a protagonist that’s on the spectrum and I have to say that this author nailed it. The story was fairly simple, nothing super surprising but I still found it enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Molly’s TruthI love Molly. Molly’s character was polite and sweet. She always told the truth the way she sees it. I really enjoyed the mystery..Score: 5/5

LovelyOne of my favorite books i have read in a while. i wouldn’t be surprised if i read again sometime soon. a classic..Score: 5/5

Characters with tons of characterFrom the first person narrative you learn to see the world through a very unique pair of eyes..Score: 4/5

Such a great read!!I couldn’t stop reading! I found myself reading at red lights!.Score: 5/5

The maid want what I thought it was.A page turner with lots of twists and turns. The author does a terrific job!.Score: 4/5

Great funLoved it!!.Score: 5/5

The MaidAnnoying read, just wanted the book to end..Score: 1/5

Huh.An interesting book with many a twist and turn. Molly was a fascinating character who was far more intelligent than those in her world gave her credit for being. But there’s elements of this story that didn’t sit well with me. That might be why I put it down for so long. I wanted to love this book, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me..Score: 3/5

Quick read! Loved Molly!Really enjoy reading this book! finished is less than 2 days I couldn’t put it down!! I loved the mystery and had no idea who it was until the very end! Such good storytelling and the way the Author set the scenes it’s like I’m there. 10/10 would recommend.Score: 5/5

Excellent reading!I loved this book! I am an avid reader, and I loved the point of view of this story. Molly the Maid is a hero (Robin Hood style 😉)..Score: 5/5

The MaidGood story. Great character development of Molly. It’s an easy read but not as phenomenal as all the hype. An average book.Score: 3/5

Absorbing, intriguing, and utterly delightful!Molly is a heroine for the ages, and one whose simple wisdoms can inspire us all. Thank you for this wonderful gift of a story!.Score: 5/5

Disappointing endingI loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Until the last 50 pages or so. I was so disappointed in the ending, especially with what happened with Gran. If the Gran chapter were in the beginning of the book, it at least would have added to the suspense factor. It just seemed to not really make sense or add to the story at that point. In the end a really great, sweet, likeable character was disappointing and it didn’t have to end that way. Oh well! Still an enjoyable read..Score: 4/5

Thoroughly EnjoyedVery hard for one to not only enjoy but root for Molly, the Maid. I enjoyed how this book all came together in its conclusion. The protagonist was likable and the plot was not long and drawn out. I was fortunate enough to finish this book in just a couple of days but this mystery novel gripped me the minute i finished the first chapter..Score: 5/5

EnjoyableI really enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

Worth readingMolly is a great character! Nice little twist at the end!.Score: 5/5

MaidA great read. Fun characters, good story..Score: 5/5

Great buy!Good easy read. Insightful and graphic as to the mind of a person with Molly’s personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Too many bargain reads don’t live up to the challenge of keeping us engaged and interested. This was a pleasant surprise..Score: 4/5

The MaidThis was excellent. I really liked Molly. She was a very strong woman! 😊.Score: 5/5

Fun easy readThank you, Nita!.Score: 5/5

Great bookI read the last chapters very slowly because I did not want the book to end. I did not want to say good bye to the characters. This is always the sign of a good book..Score: 5/5

Didn’t see that comingThis was a slow going read for me, but I’m glad I saw it through. I didn’t see the ending coming at all..Score: 4/5

If you like cleaning…Not much a mystery book, I barely finished it. Maybe written for young adults, too primitive and boring. A lot about cleaning..Score: 1/5

Appropriate-unexpectedA very nice tale. Interesting story. I really enjoyed it. A real page turner..Score: 5/5

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