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The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides
Author: Alex Michaelides
ISBN: 9781250304452
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ISBN: 9781250304452
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).

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.

Alex Michaelides, Credit: Charlotte Knee
Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and is sold in a record-breaking 50 countries. His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and garnered rave reviews from The Guardian, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and more. After living in London for many years, Alex has recently moved back to his birthplace, Cyprus.

Praise for Alex Michaelides

“Thought provoking. Deep. Reminiscent. Atmospheric. Chilling. With roots in dark academia, this novel is Greek tragedy meets Hitchcock. Readers will surely be up late into the night turning pages, and find themselves pondering the ending well after finishing.”

Fort Hood Sentinel

"The long-awaited follow-up novel by Alex Michaelides is a top choice for any fans of college campus thrillers. A psychological suspense novel, Michaelides ties together Greek mythology, murder and obsession, plus a reader-approved twist."

The New York Post

"Fans of The Silent Patient will love The Maidens... Set in the world of academia, it features Greek mythology, multiple murders and a twist that made my jaw hit the floor.”

Riley Sager
Parade Magazine

"Enticingly dark and compulsively page turning, this chilling novel takes readers on a suspenseful journey that's both terrifying and twisted... If you liked The Silent Patient, then you already know Michaelides's new book will be up your alley. With similar page-turning cliff-hangers, this utterly compulsive read will make you question which book you like better."


"This is the highly anticipated next book from the author of The Silent Patient. It’s sure to find readers in fans of dark academia! It also weaves Greek mythology into this claustrophobic murder mystery, packed full of twists and turns."

Book Riot

"For readers searching for a mystery...a new thriller sure to keep readers guessing until the very end."

Hollywood Reporter

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