Bath Chronicle

The Maidens

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by Alex Michaelide­s, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, priced £14.99, ebook £9.99

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Following his debut, The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelide­s strikes again with another compulsive summer thriller.

Still reeling after her fiancé’s tragic death, group therapist Mariana

Andros rushes to Cambridge University after a frightened call from her niece, Zoe. One of Zoe’s friends has been murdered, and she seems to know who did it. Following Zoe’s suspicions, Mariana begins to investigat­e the professor Edward Fosca and his secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

Clearly written for adaptation, The Maidens ticks a lot of boxes if you like a good thriller – fast pace, lots of misdirecti­on, intriguing backstory and a damaged protagonis­t. That said, it’s one to enjoy for the ride rather than the conclusion.

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