The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Review)

Format: Audiobook

Source: BorrowBox

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.”

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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!!

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Oh NOO!! I was so hoping you loved it! I mean look at that cover – so chic! 😦 But when a character seems unbelievable in most stuff she does and the way she is?! Then there’s indeed no hope! 😦

    Loved your honest review though, Mani! ❤ ❤

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  2. I agree with your review. While reading I had thoughts may be I am one who finds this slow. And you are spot on about Marianna’s character. I was annoyed by her reactions and her behaviour. I was a little bit too excited to read the book, only to be disappointed. An honest review!

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  3. Great review! I loved The Silent Patient even though I also found that quite a bit of a slow burn but I was hooked from the beginning. I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about this one though and most of them aren’t that positive. Might still keep it on my TBR but definitely won’t be jumping to read it soon! 🙈

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    • Thanks Dini!! It’s definitely a book that you need to go into with lower expectations, also some unrealistic things happen which is what put me off the most!


  4. Lovely review Mani! I appreciate your honesty about how this book compares to Michaelides’ debut. I also loved The Silent Patient but have been hesitant to pick up The Maidens. I think I’ll definitely give it a read but try not to make my expectations too high! 📚❤️ X x x

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    • Thank you Florence!! It’s worth reading but definitely not as good. Agree the best way to go into this book is lower expectations. I made the mistake of setting my expectations too high! Look forward to finding out your thoughts when you get around to reading it!! Happy Reading!! ❤📚

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