Book Review: The Waitress by Nina Manning


Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. 

And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe?

But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.

The Waitress Book Cover


I’ve read a few Nina Manning books in the past and they never disappoint. The Waitress was no exception.

What I like about Nina Manning’s books is that they are addictive and thrilling, while also being easy to read. As I read mostly for entertainment value, it’s great to read a book that isn’t too taxing.

There is a lot of suspense in The Waitress. The author really leaves you hanging as to what was Kit’s secret. Admittedly, it felts dragged out a bit. I was really coming to the point of being annoyed at Kit’s whining without knowing what she was actually hiding. Thankfully, the plot evolved at the right time and I did end up quite liking Kit for the course of the book.

In general, I quite enjoyed The Waitress. Some of the plot was predictable but I didn’t guess the ending (always a fear). Also, maybe Kit’s secret wasn’t the big reveal I wanted it to be, it suited her character and endeared me to her more. Not sure what it says about me, but I like my books a bit darker.

What I actually liked the most about this book was Kit’s love for her job. We should have all learned over the course of the pandemic it was food servers, cleaners, retail workers, etc. who kept this world running. However, they are still unable to get a fair wage and steady contracts. I loved that Kit was so proud of her job and loved it, too. Not everybody wants to be a high-flying CEO working 70-hour weeks. We need to learn to respect other professions more.

Sounds like your cup of tea? Pick up a copy of The Waitress here.

I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.


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