WOW…This author knows how to come up with twisted and shocking endings! I looooved his first book. It’s one of my all-time favorite reads, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was beyond excited when I was offered an ARC from Celadon!
I can’t imagine how stressful it is to write a second book after a debut novel that was such a hit! I had high expectations and this was “the book” I was the most excited about reading in 2021.
The Maidens didn’t grab my attention right off the bat. In fact, I set it aside to read a couple of other books and struggled to pick it back up. But that ending!! It came out of nowhere and more than made up for the slow start.
It’s told in two POV’s....Mariana and the killer. I always enjoy having more than one POV.
Mariana is certain that Professor Edward Fosca is responsible for the brutal murders that have taken place on campus, but the author offers up several other suspects, as well. It’s easy to blame Professor Fosca for the killings, even though he has a weak alibi. Many clues lead us to him and even though he’s popular with his students, he isn’t a very likable character.
The murders are bringing up buried memories for Mariana, who is no stranger to loss. Her mother died when she was young. Her sister also died, leaving her as guardian for her niece—Zoe. And her husband, the love of her life, recently passed away in a tragic accident.
So when Zoe calls from college, with the news of the first murder, and asks for assistance, Mariana rushes to her side.
Thank you to Edelweiss, Alex Michaelides and Celadon Books, for this free digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!