Believe it or not, this is my first book by this author! I know, I know, I’m the only person on the planet that hasn’t read The Silent Patient, but I do plan on changing that soon.
I meant to just read a chapter or two of the Maidens, but instead, I found myself reading the whole book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. Plus the chapters, which alternate points of view, are nice and short so it’s a fairly quick read.
The Maidens is mostly set at Cambridge University in the UK, and follows Mariana Andros, a therapist, as she tries to find out who is killing off female students. There is a lot of Greek Mythology throughout the book, and Mariana’s own history comes into play fairly significantly.
She’s determined to prove that it’s charismatic Edward Fosca, the Greek Tragedy professor, who is behind it all, but no-one seems to believe her.
Despite working out who the killer was by about halfway through, I found that my enjoyment of the story wasn’t diminished. It’s so rich with dark, moody details that you really feel you’re there watching over Mariana’s shoulder the whole time. Plus there were still several twists and events I didn’t see coming.
There were a couple of characters that I didn’t feel were totally necessary to the storyline, and some parts that I think could have been fleshed out a little more, which is why it lost half a point. Having said that, it was a very entertaining and immersive read and I highly recommend it.