The Maidens - Alex Michaelides

The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,908 Ratings



"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 readwith 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.


  • Suspenseful

    By yvlerbu
    It was a great book. I couldn’t put it down. Especially the last 4 chapters. I finished the book in 3 days. I must say the author always surprises me with the killer at the end. I guess that’s the whole point. That was the best part of the book. However, I felt that the ending kinda left me hanging. I don’t know if the author did this because there will be sequels to this book or what. But I like the ending of The Silent Patient much better. Nevertheless, great book. I would recommend it.
  • Truly terrible

    By Dom kill
    This is a lazily-written, lazily-researched, apparently unedited novel by a deeply stupid man who wants us to believe his characters are much smarter than he is. They are not. Not one character is remotely interesting, let alone likeable, if that’s your thing. I trust that Alex Michaelides speaks English and wrote this in English, but it reads as if it was translated from a Dutch translation of a Finnish novel by someone who doesn’t speak Dutch. He’s already made enough money from his terrible prose and his intelligence insulting plotting. Don’t buy this. No one should be rewarded for this behavior.
  • 4.3

    By MoonAndStone
  • Disappointing ending …

    By sedona cah
    Ending was very disappointing - too rushed and too many unanswered questions.
  • Amazing!

    By samisuarez
    I read The Silent Patient, which was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t put the book down and this book is even better!! I can’t wait for book #3! By far, my favorite author!
  • Amazing

    By mariafinallyreads
    loved it all
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    By Kiko Barnes
  • Amazing!

    By Nevaeh Bragg
    This book was simply wonderful! It was eye-catching, enrapturing, and most of all beautifully written! This novel reminds me very much of The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
  • ****

    By mrdsrh
    Such a great book. It started off SO SLOW. But the ending will have you questioning everything you thought you knew! Great writing!
  • The Maidens

    By Avid Reader 15
    boring, predictable, repetitive. But for all the constant rambling, this book could have been completed in half the amount of pages.