This lovely review of The Maid’s Room has made my Tuesday. A massive thank you to Pam, and to everyone who has bought my book and reviewed it. I really appreciate it.
I’ve been watching Fiona Mitchell’s progression from journalist to novelist with interest and was delighted when she announced that she had landed a book deal with Hodder to publish The Maid’s Room.
Mitchell has always written with empathy and insight, two skills that are evident in this novel about the plight of Philippino maids in Singapore. The story begins powerfully, with a description of the standard concrete room that passes for maid’s accommodation. A small airless space with a mattress on the floor and laundry equipment lining the walls.
Jules and David are a married couple who’ve recently moved to Singapore and they’re invited to a party hosted by a brittle mother of two called Amber. Mitchell captures the soulless nature of the experience for Jules by vividly describing the hard contours of the environment and people she meets. There’s a distinct lack of warmth that separates Jules from everyone…
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