The Maidens (Large Print / Library Binding)

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The Maidens is a riveting novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. It follows Mariana Andros, a group therapist who finds herself back at Cambridge University after her niece's friend is murdered. Mariana is soon caught up in the mystery, absolutely convinced that a popular professor, Edward Fosca, is the killer. In true Michaelides fashion, the story will keep you guessing right until the very end. Compulsive, engaging, and fast-paced, The Maidens has earned a spot on my favorite books of all time list.

Cassidy Washburn

While most contemporary mysteries do provide plenty of shocks and twists, The Maidens is on a whole other cosmic level; jaw-droppers, gasps, and goosebumps. I was delightfully terrified for Mariana, a group therapist grieving the sudden loss of her husband, who heads to Cambridge when her niece’s roommate is brutally murdered. From the get-go, Mariana is firm in her belief that the university’s Greek mythology professor, Edward Fosca, is behind the crime, but as she becomes more and more obsessed with pinning him, Mariana’s world--and mind--unravels horribly. Ominous story-telling, each new chapter makes you fearfully wait for the other shoe to drop. And when it does, you’ll be absolutely floored.

Kirstin Swartz

You won't be able to turn the pages quick enough! This mystery has it all, smart, twisty, atmospheric. Set in the old world academic setting of Cambridge University, amidst an elite society based on the Greek Tragedies, will fiction get muddled with truth? Michaelides has written yet another truly stunning novel. I will be highly recommending to all. — Becky Doherty

The Maidens was everything I hoped it would be and more! This fast-paced thriller is filled with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, and you won’t be able to stop flipping the pages. Weaving together the perfect amount of intrigue with elements of greek tragedy, this darkly atmospheric murder mystery is perfect for cozying up on the couch and binging in one sitting. With short and punchy chapters, mysterious characters, and an equally shocking and satisfying conclusion, this is a book that I will recommend to anyone looking for a quick read filled to the brim with chilling suspense that will keep you guessing until the very last pages.

Madison Gallup

June 2021 Indie Next List

“Alex Michaelides approaches The Maidens with a skillful hand and an eye for the mystery/thriller novel while expertly intertwining dark academia and psychological influences. This is one that will keep you invested until the very end.”
— Maxwell Leaning, Paragraphs Bookstore, Mount Vernon, OH


A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read--with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that's saying something
--Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

Alex Michaelides hits a home run in his sophomore effort. The Maidens is a page-turner of the first order.
--David Baldacci

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.

About the Author

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. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432885489
ISBN-10: 1432885480
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Language: English