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An Amazon Best Book of June 2021: The Silent Patient is a hard act to follow, but The Maidens succeeds by leaning into the most enthralling aspects of The Silent Patient—instability and manipulation—but also by exploring new ground. Grieving widow Mariana is at Cambridge University to comfort her undergraduate niece Zoe after one of Zoe’s classmates is murdered on the grounds of the university. The murdered girl was one of the Maidens, a secret society of beautiful young students, acolytes of Edward Fosca, a smug, charismatic professor of Greek tragedy. Languidly-paced, dark, and brooding, the first third of the novel uses the campus setting to set the stage for a mesmerizing tale of misgivings, misdirection, and Greek mythology as Mariana’s response to the murder spirals from professional—she’s a group therapist—to personal, and then, obsessed. Intelligent, intricate, and restrained, The Maidens may be even better than its predecessor. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

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**A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2021**

"Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, 'The Maidens,' is finally here...the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible."
―The New York Times

"Fans of The Secret History will fall hard for The Maidens, Michaelides’ dazzling chaser to 2019’s bestselling The Silent Patient, a challenging act to follow...Layered in dreamlike references to Greek mythology and ancient ritualized murders, this clever literary page-turner firmly establishes Michaelides as an unstoppable force in the thriller space."
Esquire

"Elegant, sinister, stylish and thrilling, The Maidens answers the weighty question, how do you go about following one of the biggest thrillers of the past decade? You write something even better."
Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"The author of the critically acclaimed The Silent Patient permanently cements himself as a top modern author with this new work, a masterful, slow burn blend of Greek mythology and a knife-edged plot...destined for the bestseller list."
―Newsweek

"Michaelides’ stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner."
Booklist, starred review

“Michaelides melds mythology and crime into a compelling page-turner.”
―Oprah Daily

"Michaelides has proven that he is no one-hit wonder and is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s most influential and well-read thriller writers."
―Bookreporter.com

"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

"Tautly plotted and impeccably paced, it's an intelligent and propulsive second novel."
―The Observer

"Enticingly dark and compulsively pageturning, this chilling novel takes readers on a suspenseful journey that's both terrifying and twisted... If you liked The Silent Patient, then you already know Michaelides's new book will be up your alley. With similar page-turning cliff-hangers, this utterly compulsive read will make you question which book you like better."
PopSugar

"Fans of The Silent Patient will love The Maidens... Set in the world of academia, it features Greek mythology, multiple murders and a twist that made my jaw hit the floor."
Riley Sager, Parade Magazine

"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

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

"The Maidens is an intricately plotted, mystery-thriller for the discerning reader. It’s an atmospheric story set on Cambridge University’s campus merging cliff-hanging twists with artful suspense."
―The New York Journal of Books

"Combining Greek mythology with propulsive suspense, this gripping, twisty tale is the perfect way to start off your summer reading with a bang."
―Book Riot

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Celadon Books (June 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250304458
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250304452
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.6 x 1.19 x 9.74 inches
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Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking 49 countries. He lives in London.

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