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The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides

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"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 readwith 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.


  • Underwhelming…

    By jennnns6
    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.
  • Good but

    By smbreads
    This 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.
  • Worth the time but not great

    By bravedara
    Nice twists, and good story… but ending needs work.
  • Ending… I need more

    By DaughterofJESUSchristloveyou
    I’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?!!
  • Outstanding!

    By sme5519
    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!
  • Good, not great

    By jwatson26
    I 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.
  • An utterly binge-worthy read

    By Art, Books, & Coffee
    THE 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?
  • The Maidens Review

    By Shelly92084
    So 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.
  • Beautiful, terrifying

    By peylol
    The 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.
  • Too bad could have been spectacular

    By hippergirl
    Thought writing was poor. Could have been an interesting and suspenseful story but instead was bland and expected.