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Summary

We all keep secrets. Even from ourselves.

Mariana Andros is a psychologist struggling to make sense of life after the death of her husband. So when her niece, Zoe, calls - traumatised by the murder of her best friend - Mariana rushes to be with her and away from her own grief.

St. Christopher's College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most - but it's where Mariana and her late husband met as students. Days which seem long buried rise to the surface, as memory and mystery entangle Mariana in the secretive society of campus.

Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy, lies and rage, which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens.

A group under a sinister and twisted influence.

And the group from which each victim will be chosen.

©2021 Alex Michaelides (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Very Disappointing

The Silent Patient was one of my all time favourite books so I was excited to read The Maidens. I have to say I was really disappointed as I found it to be lacking in pace and tension with lots of dull dialogue. It is impossible not to draw comparisons with The Secret History, elite university, group of special students, charismatic professor, greek tragedy and murder, but any comparison should stop there as this book lacks everything that makes Secret History so fantastic. One of the reasons I liked Silent Patient was the psychopathology aspect and how the author added authentic details into the narrative which gave the plot another dimension and brought the characters to life. The author has tried to do the same with this book but it just does not work. I think one of the problems is the length of the book it is quite short and the action seems to take place over a week with actually not very much happening. I noted that one hour listening time was spent on a dinner party which did nothing to move the plot on. When I eventually reached the end I had guessed the killer so not at all surprised sadly the end was really far fetched and I still can't really understand what the motivation of the killer was. I also thought there were too many peripheral characters who added nothing to the story other than boring dialogue. I really wanted to like this book as I think this author has a very interesting point of view mixing psychotherapy theory with fiction, I will certainly give his third book a go when it is released.

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Brilliant

This novel is so very good, full of twists.
So beautifully written
Loved it, kept finding things to do so I could listen to the story

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Psychobabble

Having loved The Silent Patient, I was hugely disappointed with this new book.
The story gets lost in Mariana’s incessant therapy talk and navel-gazing, which might be interesting if it weren’t so repetitive.
It’s fine to have an annoying central character who jumps to conclusions but the big twist isn’t backed up by any sly clues within the story.
Despite this, the closed college setting is great and I like a good thinking-man’s murder so I hope he writes another.

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  • 12-06-21

It is not bad at all but somewhat predictable

"Silent Patient" was totally mind-blowing. This one is not but very decent read anyway