"Between the three of them, author Alex Michaelides and narrators Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith cast a spell that will have listeners glued to this suspenseful novel every chance they get." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner
"The audiobook is narrated primarily by actor Louise Brealey, who has given life to complex female characters in the audio editions of The Girl on the Train and The Silent Patient, Michaelides’ first novel. Here, she does an excellent job of conveying Mariana’s confusion, courage and determination to solve the mystery at any cost. Actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s nuanced performance as the killer reminds us that monsters are made, not born, and that within even the most heinous murderer is a shattered, lonely child." -- Booklist (starred audiobook review)
"Listeners will not be disappointed with this suspenseful and intelligent thriller." -- Booklist (starred review)
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.
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"Stunning... The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides's tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson's poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A revered British university becomes a den of mind games and death in this sinister mystery by Alex Michaelides, author of the runaway hit The Silent Patient. Therapist Mariana Andros rushes to Cambridge University to be by her niece’s side following a horrific incident. The police investigating the crime seem unconcerned by the strange hold that charismatic professor Edward Fosca has over an all-female secret society called the Maidens—so Mariana vows to discover the truth herself. Michaelides’ creepy, atmospheric story weaves in elements of Greek mythology and classic poetry to explore love, loss, and the underworld inside all of us. Two narrators lead us through the mystery: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith gives a disturbing yet relatable performance as the mysterious author of a damning diary, while Louise Brealey lights up the dark chiller with her subtle characterizations. We couldn’t rest until we knew what was really going on with the Maidens—and who wanted them dead.
Now what I would normally listen to but I really liked it.
Very good book
Suspenseful and different.
I’m in love with this book. I just finished reading it and all I can say is, the ending was a big shocker. I hope this specific story continues, I would enjoy knowing what happens next with Mariana. If you’re looking for something to read or a new book to get your brain pumped and mind thinking, this novel will be perfect for you!