The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Published on April 28, 2022

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Reviewed by Nicole Zimmermann

Set on the historic Cambridge campus, The Maidens is an eerie murder mystery. Recovering from her own tragedy, Mariana must attempt to put her demons aside as young women at Cambridge continue to be found brutally murdered. Is Mariana being supportive of her niece, who is a student at Cambridge, or is she getting too close to this case and the man she believes to be responsible for these heinous crimes? The truth will shock the reader. 

Following the critically acclaimed The Silent Patient, Michaelides has expertly crafted another thriller that readers will have a hard time putting down. The narrative shifts back and forth between third person narration and the killer’s memoirs leaving the reader growing as desperate as Mariana to uncover the killer’s identity. 

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Excerpt: “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”. 


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