This noir short story collection follows an elderly woman named Maud. She has lived in her building for 88 years of her life with her mother and sisters before they died. When the apartment building was bought by her landlord, she received a contract to live there rent-free for the remainder of her life, and she’s determined to stay there.
This is a very quick read, and it is delightful. I thoroughly enjoy Maud’s pessimism towards people and optimism towards her own abilities. She is pretty badass, and not afraid to plot against other people for her own gains.The final two stories showed Maud in a new light, a light that was rather uncomfortable for the other characters because she came across as very cold-blooded and unfeeling. She slept in her house with a dead body just a few rooms down!
Although noir and kind of creepy feeling, this book was not too gory or scary, and there wasn’t much in the way of shock value. I feel like young people could read this book, and I appreciated the main character was an elderly person for the diversity it lends to the genre. Maud plays perfectly into her age, using it to help her get away with the crimes she commits.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.