**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
"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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The ivy-covered buildings of a revered university become a den of mind games and death in this sinister mystery by Alex Michaelides, author of the smash hit The Silent Patient. After her niece’s best friend is horrifically murdered, therapist Mariana Andros rushes to Cambridge University to be by her side. 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’ lush descriptions of the storied college add great atmosphere to the creepy plot, which weaves in elements of Greek mythology and classic poetry. The widowed Mariana is the perfect main character for a suspenseful story that explores themes of love, loss, and the underworld inside all of us. We couldn’t rest until we knew what was really going on with the Maidens—and who wanted them dead.
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 🔥
Perhaps my expectations were too high. Perhaps it’s just not good. Probably somewhere in the middle.
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.