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The Maidens

By: Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Louise Brealey
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Summary

We all keep secrets. Even from ourselves.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE MAIDENS.

The Maidens are Cambridge University's most exclusive society, whose members are selected by the charismatic professor of Greek tragedy, Edward Fosca.

A SECRETIVE SET OF THE BRIGHTEST, MOST CAPTIVATING STUDENTS.

When one of the Maidens is murdered, grieving young therapist Mariana Andros is drawn back to the idyllic campus where she was once herself a student.

THE GROUP FROM WHICH EACH VICTIM WILL BE CHOSEN.

Because beneath the university's ancient traditions and beauty is a web of secrets, jealousy and lies. And when the killer threatens the person she loves most, Mariana will give anything to stop them - even her own life...

From the #1 global bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession...

©2021 Alex Michaelides (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"A thrilling, heart-in-throat ride." (Stephen Fry)

"An absolute jaw-dropper." (Lucy Foley)

"Elegant, sinister, stylish." (Chris Whitaker)

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Brilliant

This novel is so very good, full of twists.
So beautifully written
Loved it, kept finding things to do so I could listen to the story

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Intriguing story, but one hell of a gut punch end

The story was actually really compelling, with a grieving main character. Her niece seems off from the very start but you can't quite work out in what way. The investigation is good but the 'red herring' was just very annoying and predictable. Main issue is the gut punch end that left a horrible feeling in my stomach for days after.

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Loved it

I loved this book, I loved that it intertwined with his previous work. It was intelligent and gripping until the end.

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Underwhelming

The story is confusing and in the end an anti climax. Not as good as his previous novels

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Genius

I think I'm in love with the author!
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I cannot say much without spoiling this beautiful piece of work. Just go listen to it. I highly highly recommend!

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Brilliant

This is an excellent thriller, not remotely trashy. The story hooks you in immediately and the ending is a real surprise. It is set in Cambridge university, the rarefied atmosphere is well captured, but the main characters are adults rather than students, Highly recommend this. Brilliantly narrated as well,

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It was a bit of a slog and too academic

I absolutely loved Michaelides’ first book, but this one just doesn’t come close. I'm not sure if it is the narration or the excessive explanations of Greek mythology and psychology, but the book felt too academic in places. I fell asleep during chapters (listening at night), and despite that, I could still follow the story. Perhaps it was too long. The narration was a bit monotone, and I didn’t quite understand the purpose of the male character’s reminiscence. I get that it was supposedly giving us insight into his motives, but it felt jarring and not quite attached to the story, as if it was attempted to be tacked on but failed to stick. Then, there was reading out all that stuff in Greek, which wasn’t necessary. The reader could have been informed that it was something in Greek, instead of having to listen to a minute of Greek that means nothing unless you understand the language. Then the ending was just slightly a bit unbelievable. So, overall, the story was too long with too much detail and a somewhat monotone narration. It wasn’t bad, but I also don’t feel enthused about it.

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Greek mythology, psychology, and murder.

I was in a second-hand shop, browsing through the books, when I recognized the writer's name as I had read and greatly enjoyed 'The Silent Patient.'

Discovering the Easter egg of 'The Silent Patient' alone was a great find.

The plot of 'Maidens' was unexpected and quite interesting. If you enjoy Greek mythology, psychology, and murder mysteries, you will certainly enjoy it.

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Not a great second book experience

Having read The Silent Patient last year, I was jumping up with joy when The Maidens was published. I loved The Silent Patient so much, I had great expectations from this book...

But unfortunately it did not deliver.

Bizarre story, lack of any tension, very static character interactions... I felt like the story was forced... Author has used similar technique he used in The Silent Patient but with this book, everything felt odd. Mariana being so sure about the murderer, without having a single clue felt like it was written for the sake of starting a story. Twists and turns felt artificial and immature. Even Mariana meeting Theo (from The Silent Patient) could not save the day I am afraid. It feels like, since the first book was so successful, the author thought to repeat the same style and produce another great book, which sadly did not work

It is very sad but I do not recommend this book to the readers/ listeners. I do hope the author writes another great book like The Silent Patient though...

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Brilliant twist

I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice! A great plot twist at the end I didn’t see coming and great Greek tragedy references... highly recommend!

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