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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides Book Summary


"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.

The Maidens (Alex Michaelides) Book Reviews

MaidensA 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 college days and were enjoyable..Score: 4/5

Worth the time but not greatNice twists, and good story… but ending needs work..Score: 4/5

Really good!I loved this book! It almost started to drag on a little in the middle, but it picked back up and finishing it was so worth it. This author is 🔥.Score: 4/5

An utterly binge-worthy readTHE MAIDENS is a slow-burning thriller that pulls you in as each page flips by. I was completely addicted to the way Michaelides’ writing effortlessly moved the story forward and introduced all the players. There are so many things I loved about this novel—the writing, the references to mythology, the characters, the misdirections—but the ending had to be my favorite. It takes a lot for me not to see the killer coming and Michaelides did just that. There is a perfect amount of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and second-guessing who is committing these horrible crimes. Now, I am not going to give any details away, but I was blown away by the reveal. If I am being honest, I can easily see THE MAIDENS being one of my top 10 books of 2021. This compelling read is packed with tension, manipulation, and duplicity. What more can you want?.Score: 4/5

RivetingA must read..Score: 5/5

Great bookLoved this book. Characters are painted perfectly and it’s never boring. Page turner for sure!! Give this book a read..Score: 5/5

Hasty.Typical second book syndrome. So many sloppily tied loose ends which deserved more time and were unrealistically jammed into a mere paragraph. In addition, the way a certain recurring character was half heartedly added seemed contrived. A lot of potential, hoping a third work will show growth..Score: 3/5

The Maidens ReviewSo after reading The Silent Patient and being letdown I was hesitant to try this book. I must say I enjoyed this story way better! This story has a nice slow burn that didn’t bore me and had a good build up that didn’t disappoint me. I honestly didn’t figure it all out until the very end. The Maidens is a solid suspense story and I highly recommend adding to your TBR pile..Score: 4/5

Outstanding!Just like the Silent Patient, I was glued to the story. Also like the Silent Patient, I never saw it coming. The Maidens is amazing!.Score: 5/5

The maidensAwful plot and writing..Score: 1/5

His second novel comes out swingingTwisted and shocking. Just when you think you have it figured out, it all blows up! I will be buying EVERYTHING this guy writes. The Maidens and The Silent Patient cannot be slept on! Must read!.Score: 5/5

A close secondNot as good as the first book but none the less I read the whole thing in a few days.Score: 5/5

Good but not great!I LOVED Silent Patient and had really high expectations for The Maidens, but I was somewhat let down by the abrupt ending. I felt that the book was very much a slow burn, and had so many intricacies with the numerous characters and potential “suspects”, but left me dissatisfied by the outcome. I was emotionally invested in several of the characters who’s stories ultimately didn’t go anywhere..Score: 4/5

Too bad could have been spectacularThought writing was poor. Could have been an interesting and suspenseful story but instead was bland and expected..Score: 2/5

Underwhelming…The Silent Patient was one of those novels you cannot wait to discuss with others because of its intrigue and brillant finale. The Maidens felt very rushed to me. Subplots we’re never given closure and the ending felt pulled out of thin air. Nothing seemed cohesive to me… I thought some of the writing was extremely trite/cliche. I finished it thinking, why are so many people raving over it? I wish I could have seen what everyone else saw but I just read a jumbled mess..Score: 2/5

IR.Score: 1/5

Another great thriller!Love this fast paced thriller! What a talented author. I hope for more books from him soon!.Score: 5/5

Must Read!!5 stars all the way! Once you start reading it’s going to be hard to put it down. So addicting!.Score: 5/5

The MaidensBoring, predictable, repetitive. But for all the constant rambling, this book could have been completed in half the amount of pages..Score: 1/5

Great book!I really enjoyed this book and am recommending it to my friends and family!.Score: 5/5

The MaidensI love a good who done it or in this case who’s doing it! I thought it ended abruptly, but not so much not to give 5 stars. Looking forward to the next one..Score: 5/5

The MaidensThe 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..Score: 2/5

Ending… I need moreI’m not sure if this is as good as the silent patient. I do love how he connected the two books towards the end of the story. I’m left wondering if there will be a second of this book because I felt the end was left off in mystery. What happens next? Will he tie it all together?!!.Score: 3/5

Sophomore SlumpPerhaps my expectations were too high. Perhaps it’s just not good. Probably somewhere in the middle..Score: 3/5

Amazing!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!.Score: 5/5

Better than his last bookBest book I’ve read in a while. This was full of suspense with lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend it!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!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..Score: 5/5

****Such a great book. It started off SO SLOW. But the ending will have you questioning everything you thought you knew! Great writing!.Score: 4/5

Good butThis was a good book. I stayed interested and I did not fully guess the twist. And it was interesting to have it connect with The Silent Patient. But like several other reviews have said, the ending left me like, that’s it? Still enjoyable but just wish there was more at the end..Score: 3/5

Beautiful, terrifyingThe interweaving of Greek mythology and a modern day whodunnit makes for such a mystical book. I felt like I was in the company of the Greek Gods and goddesses as I watched the story unfold, casting judgements on the characters I didn’t trust, and offering my peace to the ones I did. One thing is for sure; the safe haven of Cambridge will shatter; and you won’t be ready when it does..Score: 5/5

Blew me away.The Silent Patient is fantastic; The Maidens is even better. A stunning piece of literature, it had me captivated at every word. The imagery, style, and cleverness of this novel is truly superior. And the twist is out of this world..Score: 5/5

Amazing work !Beautiful work I love how this book is a bridge to the silent patient. Plot twists are always well done..Score: 5/5

Riveting!This was a page turner and a thinking person’s book! I thought it was as good as “The Silent Patient” and that is saying something!.Score: 5/5

The MaidensExcellent book - keeps your interest too the reveal!!.Score: 4/5

It’s alright, Very interestingThe writing is good and it keeps you interested. I took off a star because I was shocked and did not enjoy some of the graphics. Some of the images they explain are gross and scary to some people. That group includes me. It was very interesting though and had a fair amount of dialouge. Interesting, mildy enjoyable read..Score: 4/5

Good, not greatI did enjoy this book. I found it captivating but the ending felt like a let down. I do recommend it even despite how I felt about the ending..Score: 4/5

Just okay...This book gets really interesting the last hundred pages or so.. prior to that it moves slowly with a lot of building up to the end. It’s entertaining enough but there seem to be many loose ends that are never tied up - little side-bars throughout the novel that you never get answers to or closure on and want... Overall, I enjoyed it enough but I wouldn’t say it’s the authors best work..Score: 4/5

OkIt was ok. His first book was much better..Score: 3/5

AmazingLoved it all.Score: 4/5

Does the Trick, with a TeistThere 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..Score: 5/5

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