Friday, June 18, 2021

The Maidens Book Review

 I received an advanced reader copy of Celadon Books' summer must-read, the new thriller "The Maidens," by the New York Times bestselling author of "The Silent Patient," Alex Michaelides.
The Maidens' psychological suspense will keep you reading late into the night as it takes you on a spell-bounding journey into murder, Greek Mythology, and obsession. 

Protagonist Mariana is a recently widowed psychotherapist whose niece Zoe goes to St. Christopher’s College in Cambridge, which is the same college Mariana and her beloved deceased husband, Sebastian, attended. Mariana receives a frantic phone call from Zoe that her best friend in college, Tara, has been found brutally murdered and pleads for her help. The grieving Mariana dreads returning to the college where she and Sebastian first fell in love, as feels she was somewhat responsible for his tragic death, but she also wants to console and protect Zoe. As she spends time with Zoe, she learns of a charismatic ancient Greek Tragedy professor, Edward Fosca, who has formed an exclusive group among his students called The Maidens. When another student is murdered, Mariana becomes convinced that Fosca is involved with the murders and becomes determined to prove his guilt at all costs. 

The Maidens was a page-turner, with a fast pace and short chapters. I suspected quite a few of the novel's characters were capable of the murders and was kept guessing in suspense, right up until the end, with its shocking twist. I have to admit that I wanted a bit more resolution at the finish, but I enjoyed the possibility that perhaps a future novel's red-haired character was given a glimpse in one of the last paragraphs? Don't miss out on this summer's must-read!

Celadon Books sent me an advanced reader copy of this highly anticipated, newly released novel "The Maidens," in exchange for my honest review. The book release date was June 15th, 2021. Look for it at your local bookstore or retailer, or you can buy it here.

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William Kendall said...

Terrific review!

Barbara Rogers said...

OOo, goodie goodie, I plan to visit a bookstore tomorrow.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the review. I will add this book on to my reading list.
Have a happy weekend!

Jeanie said...

You liked this lots more than the NYT did! I was 50/50 on The Silent Patient (I think that was the title). This sounds a bit more interesting to me. Thanks for a thoughtful review. I'll have to look into this one.

handmade by amalia said...

Sounds like a great read, it goes on my list. Thank you!

R's Rue said...

Thanks for the review. I’m very interested now.