It's informative, but there's a darned good story there too. I was completely tied up in the mystery of which of the employers was writing the blog detailing all the ways you should keep your servant in check and 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.
A beautifully written debut that's both moving and humorous with characters I truly cared about. I loved everything about it!
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.
The Maid's Room pulls no punches in bringing home the message that migrant workers are treated shockingly, but also recognises that the women employing these maids are often living unhappy lives too, albeit in the luxury their money provides . . . there is humour in the book and uplifting moments which restore some faith in human nature. Essentially though this is a book with a strong message about the exploitation of migrant workers, which will leave you questioning the way the rich treat the poor.
A fascinating, thought-provoking and sometimes heart-breaking look at the wealthy ex-pat lifestyle in Singapore and the exploited women who look after the children, take care of the expensive homes and live in tiny rooms along with the cleaning supplies.
Mitchell's background in journalism gives her characters an authentic voice and the writing style is both informative and compelling. It is a book that deals with some difficult issues, but there is also plenty of humour along the way, and a feeling of hope that makes it both heartbreaking and uplifting . . . [The Maid's Room] had me gripped and also opened my eyes to the struggles faced by domestic workers in Singapore and around the world.
The Maid's Room by Fiona Mitchell is a stunning debut, rich in detail, drawn from the shadows of modern-day slavery in Singapore . . . The perfect read for the coming winter nights.
This is an insight into expat life that I wasn't expecting . . . The tone may be light, but the message is not.
Fiona Mitchell's debut lifts the lid on life as a female domestic worker in Singapore . . . Touching
Debut novelist Mitchell makes a serious point about the where the boundaries of modern slavery lie but it's also a book suffused with joyful, lighter moments. Dolly and Tala are vibrantly drawn and it's so evocative of the stifling humidity of the city, you'll need a shower afterwards.
A beautifully written and deeply moving novel . . . 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. *****
A brilliant and eye-opening read
Heartbreaking but uplifting read
A modern-day The Help
From the moment you start reading this novel comparisons with The Help are inevitable . . . The story is well put together with some compelling characters . . . It is a story that needs to be told and I do hope as many people as possible read it.
Passionate . . . This powerful novel is pretty bleak, but there are sunny patches and plenty of breezy satire. It paints an unforgettable picture of how, in the here and now, some haves can treat the have-nots. You'll be rooting for feisty Tala all the way
The details are shocking, but there's laughter and inspiration to be found here, too
The detail is what makes this one shine and despite the topic, it is an exhilarating and hopeful read. A promising debut
An unflinching tale of class divide hits hard . . . There are parallels to The Help by Kathryn Stockett . . . This book, though, is set in the current century, which makes the world it describes all the more shocking . . . A great novel for book clubs
British journalist Fiona Mitchell's fiction debut plunges into the claustrophobic existence of foreign domestic workers in Singapore, but injects these difficult stories with heart and humour
The Maid's Room is a book brimming with hope, kindness and humour. Sad yet joyous, shocking yet compelling. A sharp, truthful and exquisitely told tale. I loved it - I think everyone should read this book!