The highly anticipated second thriller from the record-breaking, international bestselling author of THE SILENT PATIENT.
From the author of the global #1 bestselling debut The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding literary thriller which weaves together Greek mythology, psychology, and murder...
St Christopher's College, Cambridge, is a closed world to most.
For Mariana Andros - a group therapist struggling through her private grief - it's where she met her late husband. For her niece, Zoe, it's the tragic scene of her best friend's murder.
As memory and mystery entangle Mariana, she finds a society full of secrets, which has been shocked to its core by the murder of one of its students.
Because behind its idyllic beauty is a web of jealousy and rage which emanates from an exclusive set of students known only as The Maidens. A group under the sinister influence of the enigmatic professor Edward Fosca.
A man who seems to know more than anyone about the murders - and the victims. And the man who will become the prime suspect in Mariana's investigation - an obsession which will cost her everything...
The Maidens is a story of love, and of grief - of what makes us who we are, and what makes us kill.
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Praise for Alex Michaelides and his #1 global bestseller THE SILENT PATIENT:
'Absolutely brilliant' STEPHEN FRY
'Excellent' JOANNE HARRIS
'Terrific' THE TIMES, Crime Book of the Month
'Smart, sophisticated suspense' LEE CHILD
'An absolute jaw-dropper' LUCY FOLEY
'Hugely impressive' STEVE CAVANAGH
'Totally original' DAVID BALDACCI
'The pace and finesse of a master' BBC CULTURE
'Genuinely chilling' SHARON BOLTON
'Unforgettable' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel, and was the biggest selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking 50 countries. Alex lives in London.