The Maidens (Audiobook) by Alex Michaelides

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“Stunning… The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides’s tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson’s poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive readwith 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

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

DURATION9 Hours, 19 Minutes, 1 Seconds

Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-SmithLouise Brealey

My Review

From the first time I saw the synopsis of this book, I knew that I wanted to read it. I listened to an audio version of his first book, The Silent Patient and really enjoyed it; so when I was approved for the Audio ARC of this new novel, I was ecstatic.

This a a dark academia novel about girls who are being murdered on campus. These particular girls are a part of an elite “club” called The Maidens and work closely with one particular Professor. This wouldn’t be a story, let alone a Michaelides’ story, if that was all there was to it. This story was captivating and me to the university ever time I picked it up to listen to.

The narrators were stunning. They were on point as the speakers of this tale. They were believable as the characters and brought this to life.

I gave this audio book 5 crowns.

I received this Audio ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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