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The Maidens
The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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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 alikeparticularly 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 Marianas 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, Marianas obsession with proving Foscas 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 everythingincluding her own life.
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Mehso-so

My first Michaelides book. Had high expectations because of the rave reviews his debut has gotten. Unfortunately, this book didn‘t work for me. Plot and characters were a little flat and ending unbelievable. Full review here: https://bit.ly/3daIBAE

Jas16 Hi Jee! I received a surprise package from you in the mail today and immediately set it aside to open on Christmas. Thank you so much for thinking of me! 2d
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Jas16 You're so welcome, my friend xoxo Have a merry and blessed Christmas! :) 1d
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asterese
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Pickpick

Okay, what was that??

There's no doubt that Alex Michaelides' writing is my cup of tea, never mind the overuse of metaphors at the beginning of the book. I also enjoy mystery/thriller books because I'm not one who can usually guess the culprit or the twist. I am still reeling from the end of this book. 😵

Although not as strong as his debut novel, The Maidens is still worth picking up, for the writing, for the references to The Silent Patient

asterese , and for the dark academia vibes. I always enjoy the presence of Greek mythology in stories, and I appreciate how this author employs them in his works.

The main character was my only problem in this book. She really got on my nerves.

⭐: 4

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bookaholic1
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Panpan

#96
This book was a miss for me. I didn't like it as well as THE SILENT PATIENT.

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Kaarin
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Mehso-so

Meh. There are some wonderful things about this read - an atmospheric, moody setting; a solid protagonist; it‘s obviously well researched. But the overarching plot I found slightly tedious.

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Bookworm.Babe.on.a.Budget
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I enjoyed this thriller, while some of it was a bit predictable, I loved how Greek Mythology was so central to the plot. There also several red herrings that has me following the bread crumbs down the wrong trail. This a solid 4 ⭐ book for me! I love thrillers and this was no exception!

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Mdion1993
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Panpan

TM was nowhere near as good as The Silent Patient, and in fact, seemed to turn into a shameless plug for that book (Theo and Anna sighting!), rather than try to deliver a satisfying and unpredictable ending. Anyone who understands the formula of a thriller can see the twist from a mile away. And HOW can the main character, a therapist, conclude she is a qualified detective who can name suspects and gain access to active crime scenes?!

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TravelsWithBooks
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DMC_run8
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Mehso-so

Read in one sitting. I love a good murder mystery but the end was so disappointing.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Panpan

Nope. I made it through, but the muscles in my eyes hurt from all the eye rolling.
The "twist" at the end was ridiculous, the "red herring" was so blatant it was annoying. What is this protagonist doing? Why are the police letting her, I prefer none cop investigations but everything about the moves she makes are silly. I have no clue what the point of Fred and his psychic powers was doing in this book.
I have a lot of thoughts & they R all bad.

BrittanyReads AGREED! I was so let down by this! I haven't read Silent Patient (but own it). I'm so hesitant to read it after Maiden's 🙄 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @BrittanyReads I have not read it either and I am scared. This was so terrible. I particularly hated all the misogyny all of the men were horrendous, and the women were stupid. I don't know how a writer goes on for so long and stays one dimensional in all of the aspects of the story, plot, character, setting truly a terrible gift. 2mo
kplovesbooks Same, same, and same!! This book was really a disgrace to thrillers. 2mo
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kplovesbooks Same, same, and same! This book was really a disgrace to thrillers! 2mo
kplovesbooks @BrittanyReads @ChaoticMissAdventures The Silent Patient was a much better novel. It had it's problems, I wouldn't say it was a 5⭐ or anything like some do, but it was a good read. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @kplovesbooks I so much do not need books like these to be the best books ever, I just want them to be entertaining, without a ton of plot holes and completely bananas tangents. Like what wat the point of Fred? Seriously, why was that character in this book at all? Henry who kept popping up what was the point of him? Author was trying much too hard to make us understand Mariana attracted men or something. 2mo
BrittanyReads @Kplovesreading I may give Silent Patient a try. It was so raved about, it's gotta be better than Maidens(🤞) 2mo
BrittanyReads I think Fred was a very weak attempt at a red herring?!? Reading Maidens felt like it was published in the 70s or 80s.. the whole ideology and the way women were portrayed seems dated and not something you'd see published often today. Shame...the premise had such promise. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @BrittanyReads totally agree, the idea of the maidens, the creepy prof, the idea of tying myths in, it was such a great concept, such a bummer I hated everything about the execution. 2mo
kplovesbooks @ChaoticMissAdventures And that she happens to attract men that come from really weird upbringings on farms. 🤷😂 Idk. There was no point to half the stuff that happened in the book. And once that ending reveal came along and made NO sense, it just further made nothing before it make sense either. Gah. 2mo
kplovesbooks @BrittanyReads Exactly!!!! A VERY dated portrayal of women. It really made women look weak minded, weak willed, just plain weak. ...Like HOW did the main character have NO CLUE of what her "fantastic" husband was. Somebody is not THAT sick and not giving off major vibes. Not buying it. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @kplovesbooks my "favorite" part is when one of the men forcibly kisses her and she "feels attacked" I just sat there like ...Yeah, because you were sexually assaulted! 2mo
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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

This book was good, not great, not okay, just right in the middle. I liked how fast paced it was, also I liked that when you were given a clue, in the next chapter the mc was already looking into the clue. It kept it going. I thought 1 half of the who done it, was fairly obvious. The other half I didn't see coming. But there are still passages from the book that I don't know who wrote it, that bugs me. Not as good as silent patient, 3.5/5

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Bzosche
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“After all, everyone‘s entitled to be the hero of their own story. So I must be permitted to be the hero of mine. Even though I‘m not. I‘m the villain.”

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AmandaBorchers
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Mehso-so

This was a quick, classic detective novel. I wasn‘t loving the writing style at first and I normally like slower paced setting heavy stories but for a quick engaging story I recommend it.

KristiAhlers I felt the same way about that one too! 2mo
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Serenity_Within86
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Pickpick

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Serenity_Within86
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Next book #15

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GodsLioness
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Panpan

I finished this book out of pure stubbornness. I didn‘t care about any of the characters, the mystery was all over the place the the big reveal was lame.

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WOWreader
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BennettBookworm
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Even though this book isn‘t my preferred genre, I was really excited to read it. The reasons it didn‘t work for me were
1) the MC was supposed to be super smart and perceptive and instead felt really not smart at all, constantly putting herself in danger with suspected murderers, and
2) the resolution was WAY too rushed in my opinion.
I‘m curious what other people will make of it! @LiteraryinLawrence

BookwormAHN I agree the Mc was totally clueless. She was rather frustrating in my opinion and the ending nuts. 3mo
BennettBookworm Thank you @BookwormAHN !! That‘s so validating, I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me!! 3mo
BrittanyReads The MC frustrated me too. Didn't love this one even though it seemed right up my alley 3mo
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BennettBookworm Agreed @BrittanyReads I just kept thinking, a female author would never write her to sound so dim-witted! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I love mystery/thriller, but something about this author turns me off. I‘ve never read him, though I have one of his books from a swap. This review makes me feel like I‘m thinking along the right lines with avoidance. 3mo
BennettBookworm @Hooked_on_books I hear that the silent patient is really good, so maybe start with that one and see, but I wouldn‘t start with this one... 3mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s right, I did read The Silent Patient! I was not a fan, though lots of others seem to love it. 3mo
AmandaBorchers I agree. I think this book had a lot of potential and it just felt too rushed. I did like that it felt like a nod to Dorothy Sayer‘s Gaudy Night! 2mo
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emmaturi
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Oh yes, I loved this story. I had no idea who was the culprit and was quite shocked when I found out! I like the Greek mythology stories, the setting in Cambridge too. Lots of twists and turns, tense and gripping. I also liked his first novel too.

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BriannaT
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I may be in the minority for liking this one, but I don‘t mind! Another murder mystery from Michaelides, this one involving murders of “maidens” - girls who are in cult-like Greek tragedy class. While I admit that the “big reveal” didn‘t make the most sense, I‘m not annoyed with all the red herrings or the ending. It‘s a mystery, and I‘d rather be surprised at the end than predict everything. I also enjoyed the classics element to the story.

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emmaturi
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I am currently reading the tagged book and very much enjoying it. I will start Once Upon a Broken Heart as well today. I am really looking forward to this one as I loved her Caraval series.

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reema
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Pickpick

I saw dark academia and Greek mythology and grabbed this right up. It‘s quite good. I felt some parts were unnecessary and the ending a bit rushed but was satisfied.

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Amoon
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Mehso-so

I‘d like to give it a So- So plus” or “Pick Minus”.
I was intrigued to find out who the murdered was but felt like the author manipulated us with red herrings (multiple people with evil parents). Actually I‘m not even sure now who certain accounts were written by, so that‘s kind of unsatisfying. Curious was others think. Please comment. Basic story of women being murdered at an elite college. Main character is a therapist.

kplovesbooks So-so for me too. It felt all over the place...and then the ending when we find out who it really was: like WHAT?! Nah, not a fan. 3mo
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LeslieO
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Making progress this month on reading my #shelfsubscriptions #BOTM backlist. (Still reading 56 Days, love it so far)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking great!!! 3mo
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Q84
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Mehso-so

This wasn't great. I struggled to get through this one. It took me three days with the audiobook which is rare. I'd say a 2.5 ⭐

#BookSpinBingo

Amoon I agree - was disappointing 3mo
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Read_By_Red
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Pickpick

The Maidens is an incredible, suspenseful page-turner that is sure to keep you guessing. The inclusion of the killer‘s voice throughout added a nice layer to the mystery surrounding the murders and the short chapters created some undeniable suspense; I simply devoured The Maidens, finding it hard to put down. The ending was rather unexpected in my opinion. The little connection to Michaelides previous novel was a brilliant little Easter egg.

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ErraticElle
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Mehso-so

The story is okay & there is a moderate level of intrigue, but everything felt like it just scratched the surface. Mariana was an annoying protagonist. She didn't make great decisions & she certainly didn't act appropriately. Most of the characters were unbelievable caricatures. Nearly everyone came off creepy or as a potential bad guy. It was just over done. Not a complete waste of time, but not the gripping thriller I was looking for.

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Lexeegee
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Wow!! Did not see that coming. 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪

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MyNamesParadise
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Mehso-so

The Silent Patient was so good that I had really high hopes for this one and it disappointed. It was a lot slower than I was expecting & I was not a fan of the big reveal. I felt it was melodramatic and over the top. Going for shock value instead of something more realistic. I did enjoy the connections to The Silent Patient. I didn‘t really enjoy all the Greek tragedy stuff. I‘d be a little more hesitant to pick up his next book.

Amoon When I finished it I felt like I should have stopped before it was over. Felt manipulated by red herring 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Amoon yeah same. It was a hot mess lol. 3mo
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Johanna414
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Starting a new book while Lane and my brother have a Mario Cart play date 🤣

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janeycanuck
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My #SeptemberTBR is almost down to one tier! I have no hope in finishing my #14books14weeks2021 books by the weekend but at least my library books feel under control?

Ruthiella Yay for progress! 😃 3mo
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LeslieO
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Love to read a campus novel in September. Here‘s the ones I own. What to choose…

#FallTreasures #SchoolDays

ICantImReading I LOVED Ninth House! 🖤 3mo
Beachesnbooks ninth house & if we were villains were both fantastic! 3mo
DarkMina @Beachesnbooks Totally agree! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe I should stack Ninth House!! 3mo
Eggs Brilliant 👏🏻📚👍🏼 3mo
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Clwojick
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Okay, this was definitely better than The Silent Patient, in my opinion! 4/5 stars, since it was still a little lower paced than I would‘ve liked. Will definitely be recommending though!

I think instead of reading the two other specific books I had on my bonus goals for the #20in4 readathon, I think I‘m just going to mood read from here on out. Undoubtedly audiobooks, as I will be continuing on with my nail orders and chores tomorrow.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
Andrea4 Stacked! I enjoyed The Silent Patient! 2mo
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StuckOnChapter13
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Every chapter finished with a sentence that would then repeat itself next chapter. I found it aggravating, possibly because they are shorter chapters. It's a very straightforward way of writing and it reminded me of YA mystery writing. If you are like me and have a hard time digesting that style. You won't be able to read this. Plot-wise, it could have been more mythologies related since it's a selling point. Lackluster reveal and ending.

Amoon Agree with what you said about how the chapters ended, kind of a cheap devise. Was disappointed, can‘t remember it now but I liked Silent Patient better. Too many good books to read this one 3mo
StuckOnChapter13 @Amoon Same I preferred Silent Patient better. I found the mythology link was stronger and executed better. I also preferred the format of the journal of the client to the perspective of the therapist. But I still found Silent Patient a little far-fetched. Just because it was limited in characters so limited in the possibility of who could have done it. But it was still an entertaining quick read. 3mo
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StuckOnChapter13
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Panpan

I've heard people talk about Alex Michaelides for ages now. As someone that devours any good thriller, I had to try him out, and sadly I was terribly disappointed.
My biggest problem with this book was the disconnect I had with the writing. Every chapter finished with a sentence that would then repeat itself next chapter. I found it aggravating, possibly because they are shorter chapters. (1)

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Coleen
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Lots of red herrings here. It kept me guessing. I liked it, except for the fact that I really didn‘t like the main character, and it‘s hard for me to root for a main character I don‘t care for.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I‘m really hoping this book rocks my world. I‘m needing one of those books right now!

BkClubCare My book club selected this for September 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @BkClubCare so did mine!! That‘s why I was giving it a try. It‘s back on the shelf for now because sadly I‘m not feeling it. I don‘t want to let that feeling take over so I‘ve started something else in the meantime. 4mo
WJCintron I got that one from BOTM. Hope not to be disappointed. Let me know how it goes. Happy readings! 4mo
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Twainy
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🎧 this book might be a victim of its place in this week‘s reading order. After the last 2 not-completely-satisfying books I needed a great book, nope.

At the end of chapter 8 there is a call-back to The Silent Patient. I liked that book more.

It‘s worth reading. The 1st 1/2 of the book is slow, a bit boring, predictable, too much preamble. The meat of the story took too long to be revealed & I didn‘t like the MC.

It was a good mystery.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Twainy I know this sounds so negative … it‘s a sound book, fast read, decent mystery. Maybe I expected more, maybe it‘s my book slump. All 3 of these full length novels were good enough to spend your time reading … 4mo
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NicoleCeBallos
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Panpan

Another bummer. I think the author was just trying to get in on the mythology phase that seems to be happening now. It didn't work. It just made an awkward book even worse. Mariana goes to her old college because her niece's friend was murdered. Then she decides that she is going to solve it. The killer made absolutely no sense.

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sharread
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4 💫💫💫💫 This was a slow mystery to me not a thriller. But, overall easy to read just predictable. I like The Silent Patient much better.

aperfectmjk Agreed. The Silent Patient was much better. 4mo
sharread ❤❤❤😁 4mo
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AlysonCE
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Eh, it was ok. Have definitely read better murder thrillers. Unfortunately a twist that I did partly see coming from near the beginning even though the book does do a good job of trying to throw you off the scent in many different directions. Unfortunately wrapped up in a very quick and flimsy way.

hannah-leeloo Thank you for the follow 😊 happy reading from a hufflepuff who loves ya and fantasy 📚❤📖 4mo
AlysonCE You're welcome @hannah-leeloo ! Happy reading to you too ☺🤪 4mo
Amoon I think the red herrings were manipulative. The big reveal was not great 3mo
AlysonCE @Amoon completely agree about the 'big reveal' and the red herrings got confused within themselves. Have you read The Silent Patient by the same author? I hear good things. 3mo
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One_With_Books
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I was impressed. So many twists! I LOVED that this book had ties to his first book The Silent Patient. Brought so much more perspective to both of them having read both.

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kavikrishacs
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Loved it. Being a literature student I had a whole canvas with rich colours flowing all over it. Greek mythology and poetry being emphasised through philosophical lens. Read moy thoughts about the book at www.wordsbehindtheink.wordpress.com

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One_With_Books
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The further I read, the more indulged I get.
#alexmichaelides #themaidens #college #death #loss #murder #reading #book #bookworm

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LatrelWhite
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Finished The Maidens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ starting ▶️We are all the same in the Dark❗️

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Melismatic
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Greek tragedy & short chapters make it a quick page turn but there are a lot of plot holes here…not to mention unresolved gaslighting & everyone seems to want to kiss the main character without her consent. Like…maybe this author doesn‘t know how to write women characters? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I thought The Silent Patient was a little more complex but this was more fun to read. I will say, read Patient first. 💐

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Lbow_reads
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Glad I brought this along as my beach read! Hoping it‘s as thrilling as The Silent Patient was.

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morgan_krahn
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Little audio-crocheting on this Tuesday afternoon 😊 rainbow baby blanket for my friend‘s upcoming babe 💕

PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful blanket!😍 4mo
DarkMina Love it! 💕 4mo
AmyG I love the colors! 4mo
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One_With_Books
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Wow. Just started this book not long ago and I‘m flying through it! Even at work. So far I am LOVING it! Pretty much my cup of tea since it‘s Murder and mental illness. A.M has yet to disappoint me 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! Great to know it‘s good! 4mo
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candc320
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Ugh, this is another book that I really wanted to love more than I did 😩. I‘ve read the mixed reviews of this book and I get it now! Not a bad story, definitely different with a pretty good twist at the end (although not THAT big of a shocker), but I just couldn‘t make myself care about the characters or the situation. Just 🤷🏼‍♀️. 🌟🌟🌟

Amoon Too many people with bad childhoods and Mariana‘s was never really explained 3mo
candc320 @Amoon Yes!! 3mo
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