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Review: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I was over the moon happy to get the chance to read The Maidens early thanks to bookishfirst! I picked up The Silent Patient from Book of the Month in 2019 because of all the hype surrounding it and loved it.

The Maidens was not a 5 Star read like The Silent Patient but it still was an enjoyable and interesting read. I enjoyed guessing the twist and that Michaelides was able to craft a twist that shocked me once again.

The setting was my favorite aspect of the novel. The college and ancient greek references created a spooky atmosphere. The plot was what had me captivated and kept me reading this thriller.

The main character was interesting but I would have liked more character development with her and the side characters. I struggled with the pacing and found myself putting it down a few times. Overall, it was a solid thriller but I would have liked a faster pace and more development.

I loved that Alex Michaelides decided to set his thrillers all within the same universe.


3.5 Out of 5 Stars.


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3 thoughts on “Review: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

  1. I really enjoy Greek related books. I love books like Circe, Piranesi, and The Secret History. This looked really interesting. Thanks for sharing your honest review! 🏺

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  2. This is one of my next reads, but I’ve yet to read The Silent Patient so I’m not sure what to expect. I’m intrigued, but I’m growing hesitant after seeing several mixed reviews. I’ll be interested to see what side I fall on. 😉

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