From the author of the global #1 bestselling debut The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding literary thriller which weaves together Greek mythology, psychology, and murder…
St Christopher’s College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most.
For Mariana Andros – a group therapist struggling through her private grief – it’s where she met her late husband. For her niece, Zoe, it’s the tragic scene of her best friend’s murder.
As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she finds a society full of secrets, which has been shocked to its core by the murder of one of its own.
Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy and rage which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens. A group under the sinister influence of the enigmatic professor Edward Fosca.
A man who seems to know more than anyone about the murders – and the victims. And the man who will become the prime suspect in Mariana’s investigation – an obsession which will unravel everything…
The Maidens is a story of love, and of grief – of what makes us who we are, and what makes us kill.
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. It spent more than a year on the New York Timesbestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.
I really enjoyed this book. A thriller, a mystery and then throw in some Greek mythology. What’s not to like?
It’s full of perfectly executed misdirection, lots of red herrings that lead you down entirely blind alleys and then shows you what was in front of your nose the whole time…almost!
I’d recommend reading this clever book and just becoming lost in its pages for a while. Clever, interesting and just what I needed to read right now!
With thanks to Anne Cater, the Author and publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book.