Book Review – The Maidens

🌟 4 stars 🌟

I did not want to stop reading this book. Seriously. I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished. Alex Michaelides really knows how to write a great thriller.

The Maidens is set primarily in Cambridge, and tells the story of Mariana, a grieving therapist who travels to be with and support her niece in Cambridge when her friend is brutally murdered. Once there she meets a charismatic professor who she suspects murdered the young woman.

Old, Building, Castle, Cambridge

When no-one believes her Mariana becomes borderline obsessed with proving the Professor’s guilt and will stop at nothing to ensure the killer is caught.

The book was well paced, the dialogue flowed and main characters were quite well developed. The descriptions of settings were vivid and really helped bring this book to life and create a creepy atmosphere. Drawing upon Greek Mythology also made this a very compelling mystery.

My one criticism was that at times the plot felt a little chaotic, as if there were too many characters and a lot going on at once. However, this didn’t detract from how enjoyable I felt the book was overall.

I liked and really enjoyed The Silent Patient and The Maidens was just as good. If you enjoy atmospheric and engaging thrillers, this could be a read for you.

*Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Release date- 10th June 2021

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