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 *
Alex has achieved the almost impossible and surpassed The Silent Patient
in this compelling literary thriller, which grips from intriguing start to horrifying finish ... A brilliant achievement. * HARRIET TYCE *
What a thrilling, heart in throat ride. A great triumph. * STEPHEN FRY *
A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read - with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient
and that's saying something! * LUCY FOLEY *
Alex Michaelides hits a home run in his sophomore effort. The Maidens
is a page-turner of the first order. * DAVID BALDACCI *
A stunning psychological thriller ... 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 *
The greatest campus novel since The Secret History
by Donna Tartt. Packed to the dreaming spires with mystery, murder, emotion and a yearning, heart-aching nostalgia for all that we leave in the past - places, lovers and ourselves when we were young. The millions who loved The Silent Patient
will be delighted to hear that Alex Michaelides once again mugs you with a climatic twist that you will NEVER see coming. * TONY PARSONS *
Michaelides' stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient
- another tense, cleverly twisted winner. * Booklist *
Nothing short of genius. * Woman&Home *
[Michaelides'] writing, especially his characterisation, possesses a unique sparkle and more promise than most other writers. * Daily Mail *
The Maidens is a compelling read, and delivers its Hellenic thrills in style. * Sunday Telegraph *
Stylishly written with a great sense of place, bestselling author Michaelides' second novel is a compelling and complex psychological thriller of the highest order. * Irish Independent *
A thriller that deftly weaves psychology, murder and an understanding of Greek mythology - where do we sign up? * Belfast Telegraph *
This atmospheric mystery speeds along at such a pace, Michaelides' genius for storytelling is clear. * Woman *
Michaelides is a stylish writer who seamlessly weaves Greek mythology, psychology and murder into his writing and this atmospheric thriller keeps you guessing till the end.
* Independent *
It's a tense, original story set against the luscious backdrop of the ancient university.
* Daily Mail, Summer roundup *
The Maidens ticks a lot of boxes, particularly if you like a good thriller. It has a fast pace, lots of misdirection, and intriguing backstory and a damaged protagonist. * Sunday Life *
Tautly plotted and impeccably paced , it's an intelligent and propulsive second novel.
* The Observer *
When Alex Michaelides' first psychological thriller, The Silent Patient, debuted in 2019, it skyrocketed to the top of best-seller lists. His follow-up is just as twisty-and involves another suspicious killing.
* Time Magazine, European edition *