The book the chambermaid It is the author's debut work. Nita Prose and which will soon get a film version by Universal Pictures and carried out by Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women, Midsommar and Don't Worry Darling).
the chambermaid follows the same traits of mystery books as of Agatha Christie, with its protagonist, Molly, trying to unravel the murder of Mr. Black. And just like the narratives of the most famous writer of detective books, Nita Prose presents us with a different character than usual.
she is not a Hercule Poirot, with his quirks and ways, but he is neurodivergent (not mentioned in the book). A neurodivergent person is one who has atypical neurological development. That is, different from what is considered standard in society. The term was created in the 1990s and adopted by the autistic community immediately. Then other communities also began to adopt the term.
With that, Molly is a character who understands the world as it is and not with the ironies and comparisons that society requires everyone to live. It's even funny through his eyes, when we realize how much we have to compare life with something, when just saying it's good or bad would be enough.
The book is interesting, with a good story, a curious protagonist (in the sense that it is curious to know more about her) and a mystery that sometimes reminds me of movies like Between Knives and Secrets, with its cartoon characters.
But that's where the book gets, a bit tiresome. The story is really good and the reader will want to get to the end to find out who the murderer is, like in good mystery books. Everything happens in a week, but there is not that twist that authors like Agatha Christie herself or Sideny Sheldon got us so used to it.
The story takes place in a linear fashion and only happens through Molly's eyes. Not that this is bad, on the contrary. If you have already read any work by Aghata Cristie like The case of the Hotel Bertram and Death in Mesopotamia, you will understand the style well. In case you haven't read it, just understand that the narrative continues without flashbacks and the solutions are all in details commented on by the protagonist or someone close to her.
And instead of having a plot that should have something that leads to new doubts and twists, the chambermaid it just goes on in its narrative through Molly, who instead of becoming a crescent, just keeps the character stuck in her past with her grandmother. This is even irritating, because at every moment the author reminds us that Molly's grandmother is already dead.
It's as if that's what's relevant for Molly to grow up, leave the nest and go alone in the world, but the author doesn't take it any further. These are just quotes that the reader already knows from the first pages. There are also long descriptions about the character's day of work as a maid. It is interesting to know what the profession is like and how it is in no way different from others that demand attention and perfection, as well as how these people are treated as strangers.
These parts of the description are interesting, but in certain chapters they just seem like a meaningless repetition that does nothing to complete the mystery. As it is Nita Prose's first book, the author makes these mistakes, but they do not compromise the plot, much less its ending.
the chambermaid It's a good book, with a believable mystery story, a different and interesting protagonist, but unfortunately it comes up against a tiresome narrative and that should alienate some more demanding readers who like to devour their books.
About the book
Molly Gray has difficulty with social interactions. At 25, the young woman often misunderstands other people's intentions, and her grandmother used to interpret the world for her, creating simple rules by which her granddaughter could live.
Since her grandmother died nine months ago, Molly has been navigating life's complexities alone. His only joy is still being able to dedicate himself with pleasure to his job and do an impeccable job. Maid at the upscale Regency Grand Hotel, she has an obsessive love of cleanliness and organization, which makes her the ideal person for the job.
One day, when entering the suite of the infamous and extremely wealthy Charles Black, Molly's organized life is turned upside down: in addition to finding the rooms in complete disarray, the young woman comes across none other than Mr. Black dead in bed. Before she even understands what's happening, however, her unusual behavior raises suspicion from the police, and the maid, used to going unnoticed, soon finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings that she has no idea how to undo. Luckily for Molly, friends she never knew she had band together in search of clues as to what really happened to Mr. Black. But will they be able to find the killer before it's too late?
In this mystery that explores what it means to be the same and at the same time very different from everyone around them, the reader finds himself on an exciting journey, in which the truth behind a story is not always absolute. And when the twists seem to have come to an end, it's best to rethink: the maid is ready to surprise.
The book was released by Intrinsic Publisher.