Page Turning Psychological Thriller with a Plot Twist!

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Review of The Maidens by Alex Michaelides:

Mariana works as a group therapist, helping others to work through and process some of their struggles. Yet Marianna has many of her own demons to process. When her niece, Zoe, calls her one day to tell her about her friends murder, Mariana jumps on the next train to Cambridge University be by Zoe’s side. Upon arriving, Mariana meets Edward Fosca, the Greek Tragedy professor and leader of a secret society who call themselves The Maidens. After a number of coincidences, Mariana becomes convinced that he is behind the murders and she quickly becomes obsessed with proving his guilt, yet she seems to be the only one.

This was one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year for me and it lived up to all of my expectations! Alex Michaelides is a master at throwing out the red herrings and like The Silent Patient, the wool was pulled over my eyes and the ending completely shocked me. Incorporating Greek mythology and using it as clues was quite the adventure, making me feel like I was part of solving the mystery. It was reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code. And the sprinkling in of characters to tie in from The Silent Patient was a fun addition. There were certainly many times that I kept questioning why a therapist would be playing detective and chasing down a murderer but ignoring that, this story was enthralling and kept me captivated until the very end. The best part of psychological thrillers like this is the tying up of loose ends and my head spinning with understanding all the twists. Now I want to go pick up The Silent Patient again.

Thank you @CeladonBooks and @BookishFirst {#partner} for gifting me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for an independent and honest review! This book will be available on shelves 06/15/2021 and trust me.. you won’t want to miss out!