• The Maid

  • A Novel
  • By: Nita Prose
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (14,259 ratings)

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By: Nita Prose
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
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Publisher's 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.

©2022 Nita Prose (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • CITYLINE BOOK CLUB PICK • NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Glamour, W magazine, PopSugar, The Rumpus, Book Riot, CrimeReads, She Reads, Daily Hive, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Stylist, Canadian Living

“A twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, from the perspective of the maid who finds the body. Think Clue. Think page-turner.”Glamour

“Excellent and totally entertaining . . . the most interesting (and endearing) main character in a long time.”—Stephen King 

“An endearing debut. . . . Prose threads a steady needle with the intricate plotting, the locked-room elements of the mystery and especially Molly’s character. 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 

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Great narration. Dumb story.

Lauren Ambrose did a great job narrating. The story was a hot, dumb mess though.

Readers refer to the protag as on the spectrum, but she's more like Amelia Bedelia or Kimmy Schmidt - childishly clueless in a way that's used for giggles as often as sincerity.

She is also inconsistent as hell, having absurd thoughts like "the salesperson called these kitten heels, but there are no kittens on them that I can see!" one minute and searing insights the next, basically just depending on when the plot needs her to notice something.

Most characters are either Good or Bad, so none are very realistic or interesting.

There are a lot of twists, but most of them are predictable. The ones that aren't predictable CAN'T reasonably be predicted, because they're based on information that is entirely withheld until the author is ready to reveal the thing.

It felt like it would be charming in the beginning, but it rapidly dissolves maybe 1/3 or halfway in and just snowballs from there.

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I’d skip this one

I’d been eagerly awaiting the release of this novel and wish I had a better review to write, but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to expectations. The plot is enticing, but the execution, character development, and dialogue are lacking. I also found the narrator’s cadence distracting.

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Take a pass

I couldn’t even finish this book. The main character Molly is likable. She is probably on the autism spectrum and is high functioning. I like that about her but the author makes her come across as so dim witted. It was cringe worthy. I seriously just couldn’t even finish the book.
I googled the ending and slept like a baby!

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Fun

Listened too in a day. Super easy listen. You can tell what is going on quickly BUT it was a fun cozy mystery with a real interesting main character.

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really loved this, such a pleasure

I loved this adorable little story. I will say the beginning to the middle was pretty irritating to get through in some ways, just because the protagonist is very obviously 'unique' or possibly autistic, and her inability to see through things and people is very very frustrating, because you care about her. but it all paya off in the end. there are some delightful twists and turns. and it's also just a bit unbelievable, but generally very good!

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Simple sweet story (mystery)

Main character was interesting and made the story a pleasure. The kind old mannerisms in the main character, and a few others, in a modern world made for interesting insights with old fashioned details. I personally loved the story and may even listen to it again in the future.😊👍

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The Maid

This book has a lot of twists and turns. Recommended by Good Morning America.
Read it!!!

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Great story

This is a sweet book with a good storyline. It wrapped everything up nicely, which was great.

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Refreshing and heart warming!

This was the most refreshing book I have listen to in a long time. It was like eating Oreos while dunking them in ice cold milk! The character Molly was really brought to life by the narrator. Excellent reading!! This is a Netflix movie. I betcha!

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so so good

I feel like I should write something more eloquent after hearing the narrative of Molly in this book but I just ain't that fancy. this book had everything: drama, mystery, and all the feels. I loved it and listened to it in basically one sitting.

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