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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published June 15, 2021 by Celadon Books

ISBN: 9781250304452

2 reviews for The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

  1. Chandra

    I used to devour mythology books when I was a kid but it’s been literal decades since I’ve read any so it was nice to see so much Greek mythology throughout this book. Michaelides gives us a very atmospheric thriller on campus at Cambridge. Who else loves campus thrillers?! 🙋
    This is a bit of a slow burn that doesn’t feel like a slow burn. Know what I mean? I thoroughly enjoyed the dark and foreboding campus setting. In this setting is a very popular professor named Edward Fosca. He even has a following of female students called The Maidens. When girls start dying, all signs seem to point to him and Mariana is determined to catch him – especially since Zoe, who Mariana considers a daughter, is there and upset. And so the story begins….

    The Goods: short chapters, easy reading style, atmosphere and mythology.

    The Mehs: plot holes, Mariana (woman, you are a therapist with no detective skills.. step back!), a zillion red herrings and a frustrating ending.

    My two besties had read The Silent Patient and are shocked that I have NOT … yet! But it is definitely on my TBR and after reading THE MAIDENS, I can see why his writing is so addictive to readers. While I had slight issues with this story, it is a very quick and fairly entertaining read – gimme mythology and I already know I’m going to like it.
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  2. KC

    3.5 rounded down to 3.

    The Maidens was HIGHLY anticipated by me, as The Silent Patient was one of my favorite reads when it came out. This was a book I def screamed when I opened I was so excited, and I read it almost immediately.

    When I read it I had only seen a few prior reviews. They were all glowing reviews from someone who loved it. When I started reading it I just found it really slow. A lot of time is spent discussing Greek Mythology, history was always one of my least favorite classes, so these parts had me feeling like I was reading through a text book. I guessed the twist early on, and the ending didn’t work for me. I did appreciate the Easter eggs and the uniqueness of this story, but ultimately it didn’t live up to my high expectations.

    I absolutely will still look forward to the authors upcoming books, and will definitely recommend that you check this out for yourself. As mentioned the reviews are split so great chance you will love this one.

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