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The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

I’ve seen some mixed reviews and thoughts on Michaelides newest, but I’m here to say I was PLEASANTLY surprised.

We follow Mariana, a group therapist struggling with her own grief. When she receives a call from her niece at Cambridge, she immediately travels to her alma-mater. Once there, Mariana insinuates herself into the active murder investigation of one the students. She sets her sights on Edward Fosca- the handsome, and incredibly suave Greek Tragedy professor. He is revered and almost ‘God-like’ on the campus-he has a devout following among a small group of female students labeled The Maidens. When another murder is committed, Mariana becomes fixated on attempting to solve the case and prove Fosca had a hand in it. What follows is an unraveling of secrets, lies, and deception that Mariana finds herself twisted in.

While I was STOKED about this book, I did put it off for a while because I have no interest in Greek Mythology. Those parts did bore me and I didn’t find them pertinent to the plot. I enjoyed the short chapters- they always leave you wanting more and saying ‘just one more chapter’ as it’s so achievable. Before you know it you’ve hit the last page and AM has DONE. IT. AGAIN. I’m hard to please when it comes to thrillers and BOTH of his books threw me backwards, sideways and into the next room. I did not see either of the endings coming and I thought they were brilliant. I read thrillers for that very aspect- to be thrilled, shocked and upended. I think Michaelides really nailed it and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!