Another brilliant psychological thriller full of suspense and intrigue!
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
St Christopher’s College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most.
For Mariana Andros – a group therapist struggling through her private grief – it’s where she met her late husband. For her niece, Zoe, it’s the tragic scene of her best friend’s murder.
As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she finds a society full of secrets, which has been shocked to its core by the murder of one of its own.
Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy and rage which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens. A group under the sinister influence of the enigmatic professor Edward Fosca.
A man who seems to know more than anyone about the murders – and the victims. And the man who will become the prime suspect in Mariana’s investigation – an obsession which will unravel everything…
I loved The Silent Patient so couldn’t wait to read this and it didn’t disappoint.
It was such a fast paced read filled with intrigue and secrets that I was desperate, along with the main character Mariana, to uncover. Throughout the book we discover more about Mariana with flashbacks to her time at the college when she first met her husband and what happens to him.
The book focuses around Greek mythology which I really enjoyed reading about and loved how this was intricately woven into the story. Mariana meanwhile is on a mission to solve these crimes with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Speaking of twists, just like with The Silent Patient, I did not see it coming. I guessed part of it but the big reveal near the end….it never crossed my mind at all. Even though it was a shock I would have liked a little more explanation but other than that it was great.
There were so many suspects in this story and due to Mariana’s grief over her husband, at times her thinking wasn’t always clear. This just added to the secrecy of it all and really gave it that eerie feeling that not all was right.
Finally, if you have read the authors other book, The Silent Patient, then you will be pleased to know that this does link to it and it was great to see how a character from that started their journey from The Maidens story. If you’re a fan then it was great to read about.
Overall this was another brilliant psychological thriller from this author who yet again created this uneasy and tense story with a brilliantly executed twist.