|| Book Review || The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ||
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Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 15th 2021
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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.
Thank you so much to Random Things Tours for organising the tour and the author and publisher for providing a beautiful gifted copy of the book for me to read and review.
I am absolutely amazed that I got the chance to take part in the tour for such a highly anticipated book! I’ve had The Silent Patient on my bookshelf for a long time and so far have not actually picked it up and read it but after reading this I am definitely going to make it a priority because I absolutely loved this book!
I feel like the best way to judge whether or not a thriller/mystery is good or not is whether or not I figured out the killer and my god I wasn’t even close with this one! When the big reveal happened at the end I was just like, “NO WAY!” I was shocked!
The mystery itself is exciting and what I really loved was the way the author interweaves Greek mythology as I’ve not really read that before in a book like this and I found it quite fascinating.
I enjoyed the characters in general although I found the main character a bit annoying but can’t quite put my finger on why that was. The cast of characters is fairly small and each has their own secrets and there is a huge amount of build-up and atmosphere as you get to know each character and are given plenty of reasons to believe that they might be the murder.
The atmosphere of the book is quite ominous, almost gothic in feel but it is also quite slow and takes a while to find its pace. There was no point where I was bored though, I always wanted to keep going.
I think that Alex’s writing style is amazing and so easy to understand and follow and absolutely full of surprises. I really loved it and I can’t wait to read more from him!
About the Author
Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977 to a Cypriot father and an English mother. At 18, he moved to the UK to study English at Trinity College, Cambridge where he received an MA. Alex then went to film school in Los Angeles and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He wrote the film Devil You Know, starring Rosamund Puke, and co-wrote The Con is On, starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. Disillusioned with screenwriting, he moved back to the UK and took a job at a therapeutic community for teenagers in North London while studying psychotherapy. But before he quit writing for good, he decided to have one last throw of the dice and sat down to write the detective story which became the international bestselling novel, The Silent Patient. The book went on to be a world record-breaker, debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the first adult UK debut ever to do so. Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, have secured film rights and a screenwriter and director are now attached. The Maidens is his second novel.