May 13, 2021

The Maidens

 

By Alex Michaelides
Crime | Thriller | Psychological Thriller

My Review


⭐A 2021 Top Rated Read⭐

Group therapist Mariana is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband when she unexpectedly receives a distressed phone call from her niece Zoe. Tragically, Zoe's best friend Tara has been discovered stabbed to death close to the university where they both study in Cambridge.

Dropping everything to rush to Zoe's aid, it's not long before Mariana encounters charismatic Professor Edward Fosca and the strange group of adoring female students (The Maidens) he surrounds himself with. As Mariana delves deeper into Tara's murder, she becomes convinced Professor Fosca is somehow involved and is determined to prove his guilt. Then another body is found. . .

Having read and enjoyed Alex Michaelides' debut novel The Silent Patient, I was thrilled to receive a review copy of The Maidens. It was excellent and I really enjoyed losing myself within the pages. Whilst undeniably far-fetched  I'm sure a mere civilian couldn't possibly meddle in a police investigation so easily — I found myself totally immersed. Steeped in history and academia, Cambridge University was the perfect setting. 

With a suspenseful plot, good character development and plenty of unexpected twists, I was in book heaven. 

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

284 pages | Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2021 | Review copy
Buy the book: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

The Blurb


St Christopher's College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most.

For Mariana Andros - a group therapist struggling through her private grief - it's where she met her late husband. For her niece, Zoe, it's the tragic scene of her best friend's murder.

As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she finds a society full of secrets, which has been shocked to its core by the murder of one of its own.

Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy and rage which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens. A group under the sinister influence of the enigmatic professor Edward Fosca.

A man who seems to know more than anyone about the murders - and the victims. And the man who will become the prime suspect in Mariana's investigation - an obsession which will unravel everything...

The Maidens is a story of love, and of grief - of what makes us who we are, and what makes us kill.

The Author



Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

The Silent Patient was his first novel, and was the biggest selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking 49 countries.

Alex lives in London.

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