The Maidens

The Maidens Summary


"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 Timesbestselling author of The Guest List

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author ofThe 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.

Book Reviews

Kiko Barnes

I1 star


Nevaeh Bragg

Amazing!5 star

This book was simply wonderful! It was eye-catching, enrapturing, and most of all beautifully written! This novel reminds me very much of The Secret History by Donna Tartt.55


****4 star

Such a great book. It started off SO SLOW. But the ending will have you questioning everything you thought you knew! Great writing!45

Avid Reader 15

The Maidens1 star

boring, predictable, repetitive. But for all the constant rambling, this book could have been completed in half the amount of pages.15


The Maidens2 star

The Silent Patient was a remarkable read. The Maidens was wholly unremarkable. Poor character development. Sub par plot. The author may be a one hit wonder.25


Amazing work !5 star

Beautiful work I love how this book is a bridge to the silent patient. Plot twists are always well done.55


Does the Trick, with a Teist5 star

There is a lot of slow-burning suspense in this novel. It’s plain and simple in the telling, while softly pushing the reader to the incorrect conclusion. The final twist and its setting was cinematic! I really enjoyed this book.55

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A close second5 star

Not as good as the first book but none the less I read the whole thing in a few days55


Another great thriller!5 star

Love this fast paced thriller! What a talented author. I hope for more books from him soon!55


Must Read!!5 star

5 stars all the way! Once you start reading it’s going to be hard to put it down. So addicting!55

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