**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
"Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, 'The Maidens,' is finally here...the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible."
—The New York Times
"A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read—with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that's saying something!"
—Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).
Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.
Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.
Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?
When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.
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WOW! Blown away! With so much joy, I came to the realization that Alex Michaelides wrote another book. A happy dance followed when I received an ARC via Netgalley (Thank you!) and ever since reading the last page I can't stop thinking about 'The Maidens'. Alex did it again, a master piece! I'm so in awe of his unique storytelling ability, the way in which he can set up characters and in this case bring so many different feelings and emotions together. The story in itself is extremely well done as well, it twists and turns, but never for one second did I see that ending coming and I'm really impressed that Alex was able to give me such a satisfying ending. I loved the way in which he brought the Greek plays and gods to live as well, gave the story an even deeper dimension. I can go on forever, there was nothing not to love about this book and I'm already saying it here: this has to make the top 10 of best books in 2021.
I can’t imagine writing something as stellar and perfect as the THE SILENT PATIENT, and then having to follow up with a new novel! This book definitely kept me on my toes, and just like his first book, kept me guessing until the very end. A thrilling and enjoyable read!!! Will recommend.
First of all I want to thank NetGalley for this eARC for my honest review. The Maidens is a twisted psychological mystery that is cleverly steered first this way, then that. You will assume one antagonist only to be sure that your wrong, no right. An almost joyful messing with your mind. Alex Michaelides is a writer that works this magic better then most.
I would read the phone book if Michaelides wrote it. The Silent Patient is one of my favorite books ever and I couldn't wait to read The Maidens. Greek tragedy, murder, obsession - Yes, please!! I loved the incorporation of the Greek tragedies and the uncertainty of what the heck was going on in this book. The ending came as a complete surprise as Michealides did a fantastic job of making you wonder who was responsible for the killings of these college students. I also loved how he incorporated The Silent Patient into this novel (you'll have to read it to see what I mean!). Can't wait for another book by Michaelides! Read this NOW!!
Alex Michaelides has hit the ball out of the park once again with his latest psychological thriller that takes place at Cambridge University. Therapist Mariann is still recovering from the death of her true love and husband, Sebastian, when she is summoned by her niece, Zoe, to help her deal with the murder of her close friend on campus. All of Mariann’s therapist abilities come into play while she tries to make heads or tails of a cult-like environment and multiple stabbing deaths of young women, all-the-while putting her own life in grave danger. I am usually pretty good at figuring out twists but this one had me completely blindsided and I loved it! Not only was it completely unexpected, but it also was plausible and made complete sense when looking back at the narration. This is one book that I might actually read a second after knowing the ending to see what I might’ve missed. What a gift Michaelides has in being able to write in such a brilliant manner. Expectations of this are high after the outstanding popularity and success of the Silent Patient and Michaelides has by far exceeded these expectations. 5 well-deserved stars!