Reviews of The Maid’s Room
‘A modern-day The Help‘ – Emerald Street
‘Crafted with a mixture of grim detail, dark humour and poignancy, at times it’s hard to believe that this book is a work of fiction. Genuinely excellent.’ Heat
‘Passionate debut. Powerful.’ Daily Mail
‘A brilliant and eye-opening read.’ Prima
‘A fascinating, thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking look at the wealthy ex-pat lifestyle in Singapore and the exploited women who look after the children.’ Red
‘Touching throughout.’ Grazia
‘Shocking. There’s laughter and inspiration to be found here too.’ Good Housekeeping
‘A beautifully written debut that’s both moving and humorous with characters I truly cared about. I loved everything about it!’ Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive
‘Original, gripping and heartfelt. I loved it.’ The Irish Examiner
‘My heart was in my mouth for Tala and Dolly on more than one occasion. It’s a book to read and then read again so that you can appreciate all the nuances.’ The Book Bag
‘I loved The Maid’s Room with its exquisite writing, married with a shocking and powerful story line that had me gripped and moved until the uplifting conclusion. A fascinating read about survival and the strength and resilience of the human heart.’ Katie Marsh, author of A Life Without You and This Beautiful Life
‘The Maid’s Room is one of those books that got completely under my skin. I cried when I’d finished it and am still in mourning.’ Louise Jensen, best-selling author of The Sister, The Gift and The Surrogate.
‘This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.’
Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.
Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she’s able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day – if she’s lucky – Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.
Tala, however, just can’t keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.
In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid’s Room explores how women can come together to change each other’s lives, and be the architects of their own futures.