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