The Maidens - Alex Michaelides

The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,769 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.


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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.
  • The Maidens

    By Acquittal
    The Silent Patient was a remarkable read. The Maidens was wholly unremarkable. Poor character development. Sub par plot. The author may be a one hit wonder.
  • Amazing work !

    By Ste12356
    Beautiful work I love how this book is a bridge to the silent patient. Plot twists are always well done.
  • Does the Trick, with a Teist

    By robertgavila
    There is a lot of slow-burning suspense in this novel. It’s plain and simple in the telling, while softly pushing the reader to the incorrect conclusion. The final twist and its setting was cinematic! I really enjoyed this book.
  • A close second

    By someone close
    Not as good as the first book but none the less I read the whole thing in a few days
  • Another great thriller!

    By miggly(:
    Love this fast paced thriller! What a talented author. I hope for more books from him soon!
  • Must Read!!

    By Mennona10
    5 stars all the way! Once you start reading it’s going to be hard to put it down. So addicting!