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The Maidens

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,079 ratings  ·  1,673 reviews
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 Th
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Published June 10th 2021 by W&N
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mariana Andros, a dedicated Group Therapist, knows first-hand how difficult recovering from trauma can be. Therefore, she exhibits a great deal of empathy and patience towards her many clients.

Due to a large inheritance, Mariana doesn't even need to work, however she continues her practice because she enjoys the feeling of helping others.

Sadly, Mariana has lost almost everyone she has ever loved. In fact, the only family she has left is her niece, Zoe, currently a student at Cambridge University
May 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

This could literally be IKEA assembly instructions written in Swahili using the Vivaldi font and I'd still read it.
Emily May
I need to start by saying Michaelides's The Silent Patient was totally my thing a couple of years back. I know the author didn't exactly do anything unique with that book, but I found it an impossible-to-put-down kind of psychological thriller. The writing kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed the twists and turns.

And, to be fair, for a while The Maidens gave me a similar feeling. Maybe not quite as compelling as the author's debut, but I've discovered I really like the way Michaelides we
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I'm reading a mystery, there is no feeling more satisfying than having the wool pulled over my eyes. I'm always looking for that special story to misdirect me, throw red herrings my way, make me feel confident that I've got it all figured out, and then prove me dead wrong. And The Maidens did exactly that.

Mariana is called to Cambridge when her niece Zoe's closest friend is brutally murdered. Mariana soon realizes that this idyllic campus of higher learning conceals something sinister lurki
4.5 stars
I’m so glad this lived up to the hype! 😍
Nilufer Ozmekik
2.5 stars: ta ta ta ta here comes my unpopular review alert!

Yes, I disappointed! Yes, I was truly expecting something earth shattering, soul crushing, mind bending, grey cell fryer, unputdownable!

What went so wrong with me?
-one dimensional, very dislikable characterization
-too many plot holes bigger than the cracks in my head!
-Slow, flat, boring beginning
-Too much unnecessary misdirection about the identity of the murder even though it’s so obvious from the beginning
-Meeting with the one of
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Holy mackerel with a huge pile of red herrings!  The Maidens is set in the same world as The Silent Patient, even allowing us to see a couple of The Silent Patient's characters. Whereas the big twist in The Silent Patient got me, which is very hard to do, The Maidens throws so many suspicious people our way that I suspected everyone of being a murderer. Still, this was an enjoyable story, even as I rolled my eyes throughout the book, as the main character made one
Chelsea Humphrey
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
-C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

I've decided to round my rating up a star, if for no reason other than I cannot stop thinking about this book and it got me out of a major reading slump. I wasn't as dazzled by The Silent Patient as most readers, yet as a debut it was undeniably entertaining and well crafted. The author has completely changed courses with his sophomore novel, The Maidens, and traded the world of flashy psychological thrillers for a l
Mary Beth
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mariana just knew that Edward Fosca was a murderer. Edward Tosca was guilty but she just couldn't prove it and she might never be able to prove it. She thought he was a monster and she didn't want him to walk free. He thinks he got away with it, she thought. He thought he had won but Mariana was determined to outsmart him and she will catch him.

Zoe's phone call after the Monday Evening Group was how it all started. That is how the nightmare began. Zoe was her niece and Mariana is a group therap
Susan's Reviews
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow: I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook version of The Maidens, read by Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Brealey's dramatic reading tone injected a mesmerizing sense of dread and suspense into the narrative, and Holdbrook-Smith's husky tone did an excellent job of creeping me out!

Mariana Andros is in deep mourning: her beloved husband, Sebastian, died a year ago while they were on vacation in Greece.

We watch as Mariana struggles to move on with her life, but one day she receives a pani
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a justifiable amount of buzz swirling around Alex Michaelides’s sophomore novel, The Maidens, given the success of his 2019 debut, The Silent Patient. Said buzz (and early reviews) made me wonder a few things before I even cracked it open, so as an act of public service I’m sharing my pre-read Q’s with my post-read A’s.

Q: Do you have to read The Silent Patient beforehand? Or in my case, if you have read it, do you need to remember anything about it?
A: Not really, though you’ll miss out
In "The Silent Patient", artist Alicia Berenson stopped speaking after shooting her husband in the face 5 times. Her only explanation, a self portrait, titled Alcestis-after the tragic heroine of the Greek Tragedy, by Euripides.

Author Alex Michaelides, revisits the Greek Tragedies again, with his sophomore novel, "The Maidens".

The nightmare begins with a phone call.

Mariana Andros is a brilliant, but troubled group therapist, grieving the loss of her beloved husband, Sebastian, when her niece, Z
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Michaelides follows the success of The Silent Patient with this chillingly atmospheric story that draws on Greek mythology and tragedies set in the beautiful city of Cambridge and the sinister and menacing events that occur at the fictional St Christopher's College with its ancient buildings, rituals and traditions. 36 year old Mariana Andros is a brilliant group therapist laid low by the continuing grief at the loss of her husband, Sebastian. She travels to Cambridge to be with her niece, ...more
Not sure what’s up with my reading habits lately, but my last three have been The Mix-Up, The Marriage and now The Maidens. Apparently I have a type. Moving on ...

Recently widowed Mariana is a psychotherapist whose niece Zoe goes to St. Christopher’s College in Cambridge - the same college she and her beloved deceased husband Sebastian attended. When Zoe’s friend Tara, who is part of charismatic professor Edward Fosca’s mysterious exclusive study group The Maidens is found murdered, Mariana retu
Michael David
Cambridge University is a prestigious one that excels at churning out successful students. It also has some of the most well-respected professors...except that one might be a murderer.

That is what Mariana thinks. She is a group therapist living in London, and drops everything when her niece, Zoe, calls her. Zoe’s best friend has been murdered on campus where they are both Cambridge students. Mariana makes her way to the University, where she herself attended years prior.

With bittersweet memories
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mariana Andros, a group therapist, receives a phone call from her niece, Zoe informing her that her friend, Tara is missing, and her fears that Tara may have been murdered. Mariana goes to Cambridge to be with her worried niece, to provide support and comfort. When Tara's body is found, Mariana who is still reeling from the death of her husband, becomes convinced that Edward Fosca, the Greek Tragedy professor is responsible.

But Fosca is untouchable. He is one of the most popular professors at C
Elyse  Walters
I enjoyed quite a bit about this book - more than I was expecting to after a couple of my friends gave it a low rating. Plus, I was one of the few who wasn’t particularly ‘wow-taken’ with “The Silent Patient”.

In “The Maidens” what I enjoyed most wasn’t actually the suspense.
It wasn’t a spellbinding psychological thriller for me (yet not a problem either). Books don’t need to have any suspense for me to enjoy them- I’m not a die-hard-thriller seeking twist & turn reader [I enjoy them - but I woul
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mariana Andres receives a call from her distressed niece Zoe who is studying at Cambridge University. There has been a brutal murder and Zoe fears it is her friend Tara. Mariana travels to Cambridge as quickly as she can and becomes drawn into the dark orbit of Professor Edward Fosca who has a cult like coterie of followers known as The Maidens. Mariana is convinced of Fosca’s murderous guilt and her obsession to prove it leads her down an incredibly dangerous path.

Wow! I absolutely love this b
Holly  B
Maybe a 2.5 / Some will enjoy it more than me, I'm sure. Thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy! OUT on June 15, 2021

A handsome Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University forms a special group of students he calls "The Maidens". When one of the girls is murdered, all fingers point to Professor Fosca.

This is Alex Michaelide's sophomore book, and I had some high expectations. I have to say this one never "took off" for me. A rather gruesome murder mystery, with dramatic characters that
Campus life can be…. Well deadly💁🏻‍♀️

Mariana is trying to come out of the depths of her grief after losing her husband. When her niece calls from University to say her friend has disappeared and everyone fears the worst, Mariana packs her bag to come and help.

Quickly Mariana is pulled into the investigation and her focus is on one of the male professors and his female groupies known as The Maidens.

I had read the previous book by Alex Michaelides The Silent Patient and loved it. This one just did
Frank Phillips
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I won't say this is the greatest thriller I've ever read, because it's perhaps not, but it IS incredibly clever and beautifully atmospheric, and I think it will satiate a lot of those die hard psychological thriller fanatics that have been on pins and needles waiting two years since Michaelides' debut release, The Silent Patient. While there were numerous similarities to his debut, there were noticeable differences, so one could never say this is simply a rewrite of
Silent Patient. M
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides is a 2021 Celadon Books publication.

Sophomore Jitters?

A group therapist, Mariana Andros, still grieving the tragic loss of her husband, gets a desperate call from her niece, Zoe, who is frantic and distraught over the disappearance of her college roommate.

Mariana leaves immediately to join Zoe at Cambridge University to offer her support. Mariana is immediately suspicious of a popular Greek tragedy professor, Edward Fosca, and his elite group of female student
“Mariana was determined to outsmart [the murderer]. She had to. She would sit up all night and remember everything that had happened. She would sit here, in this small, dark room in Cambridge, and think, and work it out. She stared at the red bar of the electric heater on the wall, burning, glowing in the dark, willing her into a kind of trance. In her mind, she would go back to the very beginning and remember it all. Every single detail. And she would catch him…”
- Alex Michaelides, The Maidens
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy mackerel with a huge pile of red herrings!  The Maidens is set in the same world as The Silent Patient, even allowing us to see a couple of The Silent Patient's characters. Whereas the big twist in The Silent Patient got me, which is very hard to do, The Maidens throws so many suspicious people our way that I suspected everyone of being a murderer. Still, this was an enjoyable story, even as I rolled my eyes throughout the book, as the main character made one irrational decision after anoth ...more
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Maidens is a clever psychological thriller steeped in the academic atmosphere of Cambridge University and with a final twist, I only partially saw coming.
“The oracles agree, in order to defeat the enemy and save the city, a maiden must be sacrificed, a maiden of noble birth.”
I’m a sucker for an association to Greek mythology and with the Goddess Queen of the Underworld, Persephone ‘The Maiden’, teasing with ancient stories that draw a connection to a current set of events, thi
myo (myonna reads)
going into this book i thought it was just “okay” i thought it was going to be predictable and it was like reading a dark academia book but instead of following a student it followed an outsider, i thought i already knew what was going to happen but the book kind of plays on that. if you read dark academia a lot, you think that you know what’s going to happen in this book but honestly you don’t and that’s the best part. the plot twist in this book was so great. it literally made me gasp out loud ...more
Susanne  Strong
Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Dark Academia at its Best or its Worst?

Mariana is a Group Therapist, who is desperately trying to help others while dealing with her depression over the loss of her husband. Upon receiving a frantic phone call from her niece Zoe, who is at Cambridge, that a friend and classmate of hers has been murdered, Mariana goes to help.

Upon Mariana’s arrival at Uni, it is immediately apparent that something sinister is going on, and Mariana p
The Midas Touch

4.5 Stars Rounded Up

Mariana is convinced that Edward Fosca is murdering his students. His flock of Maidens hanging on his every action and word are dwindling. But how does she prove it?

Fosca's lectures are the most popular on campus so Mariana decides to attend one. Described as “dazzling”, he's a handsome showman if not suspect.

I was immediately immersed in a psychological Hat Trick. The writing, characters, and plot were all ripe with theory and a heap of academia. I wouldn’t
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Let me tell you something—this is what those old Greek plays are about. What it means to be human. What it means to be alive. And if you miss that when you read them—if all you see is a bunch of dead words—then you’re missing the whole damn thing. I don’t just mean in the plays—I mean in your lives, right now. If you’re not aware of the transcendent, if you’re not awake to the glorious mystery of life and death that you’re lucky enough to be part of—if that doesn’t fill you with joy and strike
Apr 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was a fan of The Silent Patient, so I was interested in what Michaelides’ sophomore effort would be. The Maidens gives us Mariana, a group therapist and recent widow, having lost her husband in a freak accident. She travels north to her alma mater, Cambridge University, when her niece, a current student, calls to report her best friend missing. The woman is later found dead.
I got a kick that Michaelides, as a male author, writes about a female protagonist continually facing male arrogance. U
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Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel and was the biggest-selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fort ...more

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