The Maiden by Alex Michaelides

Main Characters

  • Mariana
  • Edward Fosca
  • Zoe

Publisher’s Summary

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 Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

After reading “The Silent Patient” I am saddened that “The Maidens” was disappointing. I have had this book on my bookshelf for over a year now not being able to pick it up and stay engaged with it. I found myself in double digits chapters feeling unsatisfied and bored. An environment well developed with no story in it, the chapters passed with more explanation on how the grass shined and unnecessary description of scenes not related to what the web we were following.

I apologize to Tina, who gifted me this book. I swear it’s the thought that counts in you gifting me this book. Don’t worry if I didn’t like it.

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Book Quotes

Everyone’s entitled to be the hero of their own story. So I must be permitted to be the hero of mine. Even though I’m not. I’m the villain.

You’re a beautiful woman, but you have more than beauty. You have a certain quality – a stillness. Like the stillness in the depths of the ocean, far beneath the waves, where nothing moves. Very still … and very sad.