by: Alex Michaelides
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.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓 1/2
Alex Michaelides is a great writer and story teller. Did you read The Silent Patient? Characters from that story superseded into this novel, too. Something about this book (maybe the Greek tragedy undertones) reminded me of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t plow through it like I usually do when I read a thriller. I savored it a little. It’s worth the read!
Well, this is certainly twisted psychotherapist month – funny how that happens. And this is my favorite read of the month. Alex Michaelides is a wonderful writer, and I really liked both The Maidens and The Silent Patient. I will definitely be looking forward to his next novel. This one is twisted, dark, suspenseful, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable.