🎧 The Maid’s Diary by Loreth Anne White @Loreth @JaneOppenheimer #BrillianceAudio ‏#LoveAudiobooks #KindleUnlimited

Posted March 7, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 28 Comments

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🎧  The Maid’s Diary by Loreth Anne White @Loreth @JaneOppenheimer #BrillianceAudio ‏#LoveAudiobooks #KindleUnlimitedThe Maid's Diary by Loreth Anne White
Narrator: Jane Oppenheimer
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 1, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Length: 12 hours, 10 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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Kit Darling is a maid with a snooping problem. She’s the “invisible girl,” compelled to poke into her wealthy clients’ closely guarded lives. It’s a harmless hobby until Kit sees something she can’t unsee in the home of her brand-new clients: a secret so dark it could destroy the privileged couple expecting their first child. This makes Kit dangerous to the couple. In turn, it makes the couple—who might kill to keep their secret—dangerous to Kit.

When homicide cop Mallory Van Alst is called to a scene at a luxury waterfront home known as the Glass House, she’s confronted with evidence of a violent attack so bloody it’s improbable the victim is alive. But there’s no body. The homeowners are gone. And their maid is missing. The only witness is the elderly woman next door, who woke to screams in the night. The neighbor was also the last person to see Kit Darling alive.

As Mal begins to uncover the secret that has sent the lives of everyone involved on a devious and inescapable collision course, she realizes that nothing is quite as it seems. And no one escapes their past.

Here are your unlikeable characters where it is hard to know who to champion.  The Maid’s Diary spends more time in the character’s heads than with dialogue.  We have the points of view of Kit Darling, the maid,  the elderly woman next door,  Mal, the police detective, Daisy, the pregnant wife, and John, the husband.  So it is clear what they are thinking but that doesn’t mean they tell us the whole story or are reliable in their narration.  The elderly woman next door is the only one I believe and she’s dying and on some heavy meds and considered unreliable.

Kit and the young couple knew each other in high school and it was not a good acquaintance.  Kit was wronged and never really got justice.  As a minor, others made her decisions, which may be different than her personal choices. She has made a good life for herself but now her tormentors are back in town.

Daisy and John are wealthy and privileged.  They came back to start their family, close to Daisy’s parents, and for John to take a promotion for a new ski resort.  Nothing goes quite as planned.  John has never been exactly faithful and wow, is he entitled.  Daisy is only a little better.

With information from past and present, things lead to a Halloween night murder.  But nothing is what it seems in this twisty tale. I enjoyed the story and there is closure to the situation.

Narration:

I’ve listened to this narrator previously and enjoy her work.  Her voices are easy to understand and appropriate for the characters.  There is limited dialogue with most of the story in people’s heads. I listened comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

 

About Loreth Anne White

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.

A three-time RITA finalist, she has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner.

A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she’s not writing, you will find her skiing, biking, or hiking the trails with her Black Dog.

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Posted March 7, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 28 Comments


28 responses to “🎧 The Maid’s Diary by Loreth Anne White

  1. I have this one on my list – I like twisty, but I also like dialog heavy books. I’m still going to give it a try since you rated it fairly highly. Thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  2. I grabbed this one through Prime first reads as I enjoy Loreth Anne White’s mysteries. Sounds like Kit needs some justice? I hope she gets some. It does sound like a list of unlikable characters.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Maid’s Diary by Loreth Anne White. The premise of a maid with a snooping problem stumbling upon a dangerous secret sounds like an intriguing mystery. I’m curious to know if the audiobook narration by Jane Oppenheimer added to the suspenseful atmosphere of the story. Have you listened to any other audiobooks narrated by her?