The Maidens

Also available in: Spanish

Synopsis of The Maidens

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A 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 when one of The Maidens, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered.

Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, 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.

Synopsis of The Maidens, by Alex Michaelides, taken from Amazon

Review of The Maidens

Even though I really liked “The Silent Patient”, I think “Las Doncellas” is not up to the same level.

The plot is much plainer and, though the ending is quite shocking, it’s nothing out of this world. If you take a closer look at the characters, the bad guys are usually the ones who are hiding something, though not all of them are murderers.

I’m not saying I didn’t like it, but I would have preferred a little more intrigue and a vision, on the part of the protagonist, not so focused on a single person. In fact, I don’t know why she decides to investigate on her own when the whole police force are already at it. I think she does it for the wrong reason and it will turn out that way in the end.

Yes, we have the typical policeman who doesn’t admit to interference in his work by laymen, the typical forensic psychologist who’s more concerned with his image than with the truth, and another series of quite intriguing characters who don’t facilitate either the investigation nor the clarity for the reader. Especially Las Doncellas.

It’s a shame because Michaelides started with a bang but here he doesn’t keep it up.

As I say, I liked it, but not as much as the previous one. I’ll wait for the next one to see how things go.

This one turns out to be just ordinary.

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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Year 2021

Language: English
Format: eBook

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