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The Cleaner

A Novel

by Brandi Wells

The Cleaner by Brandi Wells X
The Cleaner by Brandi Wells
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  • Published Jan 2024
    304 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Lmalone
    It wanted to be clever
    Overall I found this book to be rather frustrating. It had a main story line of course and a few secondary story lines that it was trying to pull in but I feel like I was left wanting more resolution on two of the three.

    The main character was someone who at first I thought would be very interesting and entertaining but by the end of the book I felt that she was petty and self-important. She alone knew what was right for everyone and everyone needed to follow her rules, obey her wishes and play her game even though most of them had no idea they were part of her game at all. And if you didn't play along the consequences range from petty and juvenile to extreme. Only once did her behavior make her feel bad and it was about a plant not a person. The complete and total invasion of privacy of her clients and her thinking she was completely justified in doing that was disturbing and I'm someone who has my office cleaned twice a week. Maybe it's just because that hit me on a different level but I couldn't imagine the person I know coming into my office and rifling through all my drawers and reading my private emails as though they were entitled to that part of my life.

    The secondary story lines weren't very interesting other than her potential romance and it was a very difficult book for me because other than m there was not one single likable character in the entire book.
    Inventive, but...
    As I started to read this book, I was intrigued by the inventive writing style. The author chooses to let the "cleaner" gives us her thoughts on her evening work and on the people who work in the office during the day. By the end of the book, my feelings are that the "cleaner" is a bit delusional in her thought process. While I found the writing to be interesting, the ending was rather banal. Not the best read for me.
  • Gail G. (Hernando, FL)
    This book was not what I expected. It is an unusual format. There are no chapters at all and is simply a running account of the night shift cleaning lady at a large office building. She has the idea that she controls what happens with the company and it's employees. She seems very needy and lonely, but very self absorbed. I found it extremely boring and repetitive. Would not recommend.
  • Cheryl R. (Jeannette, PA)
    No one sees
    What you see isn't always what you get. The night shift cleaner fills her life by "taking care" of the people who work on the fourth floor, her floor. She realizes that she is doing this in the dark of night without them knowing what is happening. But she doesn't realize that she is in the dark too. She makes a day visit and realizes that her relationships are shadows.

    I didn't feel like the story had an ending. Life just went on. Maybe that's the point.
  • Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)
    Book had great start!
    The cleaner had very strong opinions on everything in the office and manipulated that world in order to help. Difficult to not give away too much in review. The middle dragged in my opinion. Had to finish it, in order to find out what finally happened to cleaner. She had totally wrapped herself up in the lives of the office workers. An aside, the plural pronoun for M annoyed me, no end.
  • Theresa P. (Arkport, NY)
    I tried
    I am reluctant to say that I did not have a good opinion on this book. The description sounded very interesting, but I could not develop an interest in the story as it unfolded. I started to want the cleaner to stop some of her cleaning practices, to start being more in touch with other people, and not to be the person she was. It is one of the very few books I ever gave up reading.
  • Anke
    The Cleaner, Brandi Wells
    The cleaner, by Brandi Wells, is such an odd book. The story is told through the eyes of an unnamed office cleaner who works the night shift. She is seen by few colleagues and appreciated by none. Sharing her work with the reader, we learn from the beginning that she is unreliable and falls into chaos in her efforts to help colleagues she feels responsible for, and to save the company from the CEO… at least this is what she thinks she is doing.

    The general premise of the book sounded promising. But the constant invasion of people’s privacy (searching desk drawers, removing/destroying documents and personal belongings, even hacking computers) in order to sabotage those she thinks are ungrateful was bizarre, making her character unappealing. Unfortunately, the novelty of the story wore off quickly. There was no bombshell, just minor ebbs and flows that felt repetitive and went nowhere. The ending was a letdown.

    Many thanks to Bookbrowse and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!

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