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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides Book Review

June’s BOTM picks were so hard to choose from, but I am so glad I chose The Maidens by Alex Michaelides! I devoured his first book, The Silent Patient, last year, so I had very high hopes for this one! In my opinion, it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Title: The Maidens

Author: Alex Michaelides

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
book cover of The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

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.

Synopsis from Goodreads

My Review:

After reading The Silent Patient, I was immediately sucked into the author’s gripping writing style. The Maidens definitely caught my attention in chapter one, and although I felt the middle drag a little, the ending certainly surprised me! Like Marianna, I also believed that Edward Fosca was the culprit behind the murders. He certainly gave me all of the creepy psychopath feelings. One of my favorite scenes between Marianna and Edward is the private dinner in his office. The questioning and tip-toeing around each other were written so well and had me on the edge of my seat!

I did have some suspicions about Zoe early on, but I just assumed she was involved with The Maidens and would possibly be one of the victims, but boy was I wrong! Realizing she was behind the whole thing, coupled with the revelation of Marianna’s husband and their relationship, sent me for a loop!

I also loved the subtle detail that links The Silent Patient and The Maiden together. It just makes his stories that much more interesting! If you don’t know what I’m referring to, Marianna talks to her doctor friend, Theo, and actually suggests he applies for the position at the Grove, which then leads into the events of The Silent Patient. Anyone else obsessed with an author’s references to other books or characters?

Have you read The Silent Patient or The Maidens by Alex Michaelides? I’d love to hear what you think of his writing! Follow me over at my Bookstagram for more bookish content or browse my other book reviews! Until next time 👋

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