This is another case of Social Media lying to me.
Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. She was born in a dysfunctional household, but her gran adopted her, raise her, and used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. With high moral standards, Molly takes on the world and her job as a maid in the Regency Grand Hotel. She is the best in what she does, and everybody knows that even when they want to take advantage of her.
Molly has a hard time following social cues, expressions, comments, and she is too literal. Molly seems to be on the autistic spectrum, but she is highly functional; however, Molly feels like a caricature from time to time. The author delivers a novel with a character that has a hard time reading social cues, and she writes a story as if readers could not spot the villain miles away, and the resolution from the beginning.
An unpopular opinion, this story lacks uniqueness and novelty, but, honestly, The Maid by Nina Prose is too vanilla and even anticlimatic from the beginning to the end. Although I have to praise the author’s efforts to add a twist at the end of the novel, but it was not good enough to make me gasp in shock or make this novel worth the time.
The Maid is a novel you have read before, seen, and discussed with your partner while watching it on Netflix. I think that the author loves Agatha Christie and Columbo, and it is clear that she was going on with that narrative in mind but wanting to write an Agatha Christie kind of novel takes courage, and I will grant her that. However, Nita Prose’s writing skills and originality might have failed her. I have read a few of Christie’s novels: The Crooked House, Then There Were None, and The Murder in the Oriental Express, so I stand my point from the little experience I have.
I would not recommend this novel to a thriller or mystery lover. However, The Maid is an entertaining read if you like crime stories and play a detective who is just beginning.
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