By Jessica Laffrey
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adult, Fiction
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Edward Fosca is a murderer. 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.
Firstly, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. Every chance I had I was reading this book. I swear I finished this book in a week! In the past, I have been taking a month to read one book! This book is one of the Book of the Month club June picks that we chose with my mother-in-love! The author has woven Greek Mythology into the book and the murders hence the title of the book.
There is lots of suspense but I was kind of focused on the professor and why the main character was against him; was it because he has this circle of girls for mythology study after school that was late? It made him suspicious. Was it that the last girls were killed around the same time; yes, but still there was no evidence, just her gut instinct. It blinds you and you keep thinking over time that you feel that the professor is innocent but near the end, clues get strung together as to who the killer is. It makes sense. I was doubting myself, then. It SHOOK me!
I gave it 4 stars because the main character annoyed me, but overall the mystery for me lasted the whole novel, maybe it’s the cause of mom’s brain. It was suspenseful till the end and informative when something came up about mythology, the author was good about weaving it in well with the main character and the academic backdrop.
I will recommend this book, now I have to read his debut novel; The Silent Patient.
FUN TIDBIT: The author uses a character from the Silent Patient in this book, which is cool. Makes it feel like you are meeting a celebrity.
Happy Summer & Read on!
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