The Maidens - Alex Michaelides

The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,346 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.


  • At his best!!

    By eisenlour
    Riveting!! Unable to stop reading… amazing story…
  • Maidens

    By Whim1954
    A good story line with the author’s trademark twist. Enjoyed the Cambridge setting and the university’s history. The Greek mythology tie ins were reminiscent of my school days and were enjoyable.
  • Jaw dropper!

    By A.A.Noah
    If you enjoyed The Silent Patient, then you are in for a treat in this book!
  • Absolutely love this author

    By lxmvrie
    After reading The Silent Patient, I decided to read The Maidens, and it did NOT disappoint. Michaelides is on track to becoming, if not already, one of the greatest authors within the psychological thrillers genre. Everything from world building to the relationship he crafts between the characters and the readers — there’s no way for you to see the ending coming. As soon as you thought you had it figured out, the entire story turns upside down. I really enjoy how immersive his books are and the level of psychological detail that is put into the characters. It is definitely worth the read and will leave you speechless.
  • Interesting

    By No more WW
    It’s a pretty quick read and a good story, but it’s a little too slick, too manipulative. The twist doesn’t make a lot of sense. I was surprised but there’s no way to see it coming. I like it better when you realize you’ve been seeing things from one perspective and failing to see the other one. Or any other one. This story feels a bit lazy.
  • All of the things

    By Kenzcase
    This book will have you feeling every emotion as you journey through every twist and epiphany that are scattered throughout. I love this author and I can’t wait for his next book. I highly recommend reading The Silent Patient afterwards or before for a fun surprise 😉
  • Good read

    By joy 5$$
    Interesting book. It gave a little glimpse in the book The silent Patient…but did not connect fully. Interested it there will be more. Great twist.
  • Thrilling!

    By black!!!!!!!!
    Great plot twist! Kept me interested the whole book.
  • Wow what an amazing book

    By ShadowD793
    So many twists and turns, just as good as the Silent Patient, maybe even better!!!!!
  • Very Invigorating

    By Swimmi Jellyfish
    The whole thing really draws you in