The Maidens: A Novel



"Alex Michaelides's long-awaited next novel, 'The Maidens, ' is finally here...the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible."
--The New York Times

"A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read--with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that's saying something!"
--Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements "Michaelides as a major player in the field" (Publishers Weekly).

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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368 pages

Average rating: 6.79




Community Reviews

Apr 15, 2024
8/10 stars
This book was good but I wish that there was more focus on developing the characters/ going more into their backstories.
Mar 30, 2024
7/10 stars
I wish I could’ve gotten more goofy moments with Fred lol
Mar 23, 2024
6/10 stars
I actually didn't realize this was by the same person who wrote The Silent Patient. I haven't read it, but I know people like that one a lot.

Anyway, I guess this novel was...disappointing? I was sort of hoping for The Secret History-esq sort of thing, but I got a...normal thriller that just happened to be set in a school with Greek stuff scattered about in the background. I mean, for a thriller, it was fine. No complaints from me about the more
Mar 13, 2024
3/10 stars
I was totally hooked UNTIL the ending. The first 80% of this book was an 8/10, and the ending dropped down to a 3/10. Felt very hasty and sloppy, the twist made no sense. The buildup was the best part of the book.
Feb 18, 2024
9/10 stars
Did not see that coming!

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