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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.
I… really enjoyed this! I wasn’t expecting a lot from The Maidens because while I liked The Silent Patient, I had heard that The Maidens was Dark Arcademia which is, in my humble opinion, the most overrated sub genre. I just… can’t.
Anyway, The Maidens was really good! The pacing was quick (I read it in 4 hours), the mystery was intriguing, and I liked the main character. I very much enjoyed all the red herrings, and the throwback to The Silent Patient was so much fun. I think Michaelides might be building a world here like Jane Harper and her Dry series!
You may find that the ending is rushed, but I think it worked well with the pacing of the rest of the book.
One thing that really did annoy me was how many men were into the main female character. You can tell a guy wrote this. I don’t understand why everyone was so obsessed with her. There were men all over the place fawning over her and wanting to get in her pants. Just… nope.