Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Narrator: Louise Brealey, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 9 Hours & 21 Minutes
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 1st July 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken 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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I absolutely loved Alex Michaelides debut novel The Silent Patient, so when I my audiobook hold finally came through from my library I couldn’t wait to dive straight in.
I really wanted to love this book so much bit sadly I was left a little disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong it was a good read but I just felt it wasn’t on the same path as The Silent Patient.
The story is told through both third and first person perspectives. The third person perspective is from Mariana’s (the female psychotherapist) and the first person perspective is from the killer.
The Maidens is well written and the premise to be quite intriguing but overall I found the story to be quite a slow burn, especially during the first half of the book. The pace does pick up a little during the second half of the book, but just not to the speed I was expecting.
The part I struggled with the most while working my way through this book was with Mariana’s character and some of the things she was able to do. Mariana’s character came across as very unprofessional, and some of the things she was able to get away with herself was unbelievable. As for the other characters I found them to be quite flat and one dimensional, and felt I couldn’t really connect to any of them.
As I mentioned earlier I found the plot intriguing and there were some good twists, but overall I feel there was something missing for me in this book. Even though The Maidens didn’t quite meet my expectations I will without a debut pick up another book from Michaelides!!
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