The Maid is a standalone novel by Nita Prose. It is not the same as the television show airing on Netflix, but I’m told there will be a movie about the book in the future.
This novel is about a young, autistic woman (although it’s never said that she’s autistic), who is working her dream job as a maid in a prestigious hotel. After losing her grandmother, Molly the Maid struggles to make ends meet and understand her coworkers.
She doesn’t understand analogies or symbolism, and often mistakes body language. What appears “normal” to most, is puzzling to her, and without her grandmother around to explain things she’s often confused.
Molly gets wrapped up into a drug ring, and is accused of murder. Meanwhile, all she has ever done is clean rooms to a “state of perfection.”
The Maid Makes the Grade
As the reader, there were times that I wanted to shake Molly. I even found myself saying “No Molly, don’t trust him.”
Needless to say, I was very invested in the story, and I was rooting for Molly the Maid the whole time. I really wanted her to win, and all the crooks and wrong-doers to get their comeuppance. Most do, but not all. That’s life I suppose.
This is a shorter review, but there’s not much I can say really. The novel is well written, but I’d expect that from this author – who edits for a living.
My two ‘dislikes’ and only because I’m picking something to frown upon: one, Wilber, and two, Mr. Preston.
Wilber was Molly’s first boyfriend. I wanted to like him, but he was the first to hurt Molly. I wish his ending were a little different. No spoilers, I’ll leave it with that.
Mr. Preston is great. I liked him throughout the novel, however, I didn’t like “the big reveal” towards the end. Again, no spoilers, I just didn’t think it was necessary. I did like that “the big reveal” was explained to the reader, but Molly didn’t clue in.
And also, Charlotte was my favourite character. Because every story needs a bad-ass woman who takes charge and rights wrongs.
Overall, this novel is a win in my books. Even my kids enjoyed it, even though it’s not meant for kids.
If you’ve read The Maid by Nita Prose, let me know what you think over in the Facebook group.