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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: W&N Publisher
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About The Book

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…


My Thoughts

I’ll start saying that University is one of the most toxic places that you’ll ever find to work in, professors always fighting against each other for more awareness and funding while they have their own student “followers”… And this is not a fiction story, I have direct connections with different universities and for now, they are all still the same… So, I was not surprised when I read the plot of this book. A woman, Mariana Andros, becomes obsessed with a Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University who she believes has killed her niece.
This is a twisted story, it’s easy to understand how Mariana becomes obsessed with the case; her grief and pain moves her, and in the end what only matters to her is to discover the truth. I could relate how she feels and the need to know everything, but at the same time I felt that she is so obsessed that can’t see things clear and only wants Fosca to be guilty, it doesn’t matter if he did it or not. Real, yes, but that’s where the police should be trying to solve the case instead of here, but they don’t seem to be quite good at their work!
I always love a good thriller, even if I suspected the ending quite early, it makes me make guesses and try to discover the truth. There are a few questions that I didn’t have answer at the end, but I suppose that’s how life really works, you never know everything…
If you are looking for a thriller to keep you awake at night, this is your book, it will be impossible to put down.
Are you ready to discover “The Maidens”?


About The Author

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking 49 countries. He lives in London.