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The Maidens

By: Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Louise Brealey,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
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Publisher's 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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Not in the same class as the first book

The first book was inspired and it took my breath away. This book is not too bad but boring when compared with the silent patient, although the cross-over is highly appreciated.

The twist at the end which I had been waiting for is far-fetched because far less could have been done to achieve the goal

But I love the psychoanalysis bits throughout the book so two stars from me

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Was good

Very cool! But the final pieces of the puzzle feels rushed. Will recommend though

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gripping

the plots twists come thick and fast. A very well written book that was hugely enjoyable.

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Brilliant, flawed psychothriller

Almost all aspects one looks for in crime fiction are ticked deftly by Michaelidis - he really delivers well. Unfortunately the book is marred, as the genre often is, by the balancing device he chooses to give us enough clues while hiding his clever denouement: the hapless bumbling protagonist who keeps missing the obvious in one situation after another. It detracts a bit from the agnorisis she has at the end, though overall the book leaves one well satisfied. The performance of Brealey is fine, but a little unremarkable and perhaps gives Marianna too much of an anodyne persona in the reader’a mind.

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A story heard before

The story itself makes you feel as if you've heard it a thousand times before. I figured out the plot in the first couple of chapters. The performance it extremely dull, it might have been better with a bigger variety of voices.
Alex's previous book had a phenomal twist at the end, true thriller. Unfortunately this book did not live up to the hype.

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Would not recommend

As many other readers, I enjoyed The Silent witness and recommended it to loads of people. This book is not it, very drawn out, the characters are simply not interesting, the author somewhat struggles with writing the female protagonist. I guessed the killer and many of you will too.
Hope that the third book will be miles better, I’ll give it a chance

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its addicting but has major flaws

spoilery revient.... I really enjoyed reading this book but it left a bitter sweet taste. many story lines were started and not tied up... the only explication I find is that its setting up a thirst book. but there was too much setting up that you thing its has something to do with the plot and nope... nothing at all... so I have a whole origin story of à caracters that really have no major rôle in the current plot. also why is everyone hitting on the main caracter.. like any man she speaks too wanna date her... unrealistic. also why she got her self involved in there murders and ignored her group thérapie patients is beyond me... quite unproffessional since she has no real reason or connection to the victims

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It is not bad at all but somewhat predictable

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

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  • 06-15-21

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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  • Sararara
  • 06-14-21

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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  • AmazonCustomer7894
  • 01-08-22

surprisingly disappointing

If you enjoyed The Silent Patient and are thinking of trying this, don't bother. Ended up returning after only half way. Boring characters with dull narratives.

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  • Steve
  • 10-29-21

Don't bother - Believe the reviews

I didn't want to believe the bad reviews because I enjoyed The Silent Patient, but this was just agonisingly awful.

The main character is frustrating and kind of pathetic. The villain twist was predictable but somehow the end was unpredictability terrible.

Offt, don't bother.. Refund please.

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  • thecrazyiris
  • 09-02-21

Lazy , badly written , trite, contrived,

Very poorly read by both male and female readers. The text itself is ridiculously badly written in parts. Rarely have I listened to a book where I have exclaimed in horror out loud at the poor writing or clichés or convenient plot twists or horrible descriptions.

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  • ziiigggg
  • 08-07-21

Disappointing

This story is a sad melding of Tartts secret history and the worst episode of midsummers murders.
It’s a very basic whodunnit where every stereotypical character from cleaners to porters to charismatic professors in black sporting a man bun, of course he is, is a suspect. Then surprise, no surprise, the culprit is the one least likely.
All the characters have had terrible childhoods and parents who have run off, and everyone is having sex with everyone else. The police are so absent they don’t even search the rooms of the three young women who have been murdered.
Save your credit, sadly this writer got lucky with the silent patient, but this is a dud.

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  • Evrim Tekesin
  • 07-17-21

Not a great second book experience

Having read The Silent Patient last year, I was jumping up with joy when The Maidens was published. I loved The Silent Patient so much, I had great expectations from this book...

But unfortunately it did not deliver.

Bizarre story, lack of any tension, very static character interactions... I felt like the story was forced... Author has used similar technique he used in The Silent Patient but with this book, everything felt odd. Mariana being so sure about the murderer, without having a single clue felt like it was written for the sake of starting a story. Twists and turns felt artificial and immature. Even Mariana meeting Theo (from The Silent Patient) could not save the day I am afraid. It feels like, since the first book was so successful, the author thought to repeat the same style and produce another great book, which sadly did not work

It is very sad but I do not recommend this book to the readers/ listeners. I do hope the author writes another great book like The Silent Patient though...

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  • debbie miller
  • 06-21-21

A bit far fetched

I struggled with this complicated, rambling, confusing story line at times. Not as brilliant as his first book. Keep them coming though Alex...

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  • 06-15-21

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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  • Mary
  • 01-17-23

Gripping book

Really enjoyed this book and didn't expect the ending to be as it was. Highly recommended. Good narrating too,

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  • Onyajay
  • 10-21-21

Silly

I loved the Silent Patient.
This book was silly. Silly main characters doing silly thinks, completely silly plot , silly police, silly antagonist and completely silly going’s on.
No therapist would be allowed to investigate a murder scene, and no police would let her.
Just silly. I can’t believe I listened to it. I should have fast forwarded u to o the end. I think author has never met a policeman or understood how crime scenes and detectives work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-20-21

You won't be disappointed

After finishing the silent patient I just didn't know if Alex Michaelides could pull it off again but he did ( admittedly the silent patient is still my favourite) however I did not regret this, it kept me interested, just wanting to know more and more each minute

Loved that they had a male narrator for those few chapters aswell. Made it an even better experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Terrible to listen to.

Weak story line, lazy story tellers. I wasted money on this. Standard 1 out of 10.
I couldn't find any continuity and lost interest .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-28-22

Irritating

I couldn't handle the self pity woe is me constantly interspersed within the storyline... Just made me grumpy 😑

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-06-21

excellent

Full of twists and turns which I never saw coming. 10/10 I would recommend it to anyone

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 06-12-21

I’ve been waiting for ages and loved it

Oh I just loved this he’s a terrific author. There a bit I’m confused about not sure who the man was supposed to be. I just get so involved in his stories more pleas

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  • Happy First time purchaser
  • 01-22-23

The Maidens

Brilliant got better and better as the story unfolded. THe ending was superb and I hung onto every word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-22

Disappointing

Completely bizarre, disappointing in comparison to The Silent Patient. Narration was okay, but terrible accents for some characters. Male voice was pointless. Just seemed a bit pointless and lazy overall and a less than thrilling twist at the end. Predictable. The synopsis sounded so good and it’s a real let down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-22

Let down

Couldn’t put it down, the ending was terrible and gave a terrible taste to the rest of the book. So disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-22

An excellent thriller/ mystery fr

A very gripping plot, and the ending. Another brilliant book of The Silent Patient’s author.