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The Maidens: A Novel by [Alex Michaelides]

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The Maidens contains some of the key elements that continue to draw readers to The Silent Patient — Greek mythology, therapy, and a psychologist at the center of a murder mystery. What drew you back to these themes while writing The Maidens?

When I first decided to write The Silent Patient, I thought the smart thing to do would be to set the novel in a world I knew well. I knew I needed a detective, but I didn’t know anything about detectives. So I thought how well I know psychotherapists and psychiatric units, and decided to make my detective into a psychotherapist. Likewise, in The Maidens, Mariana is a group therapist, as I know a fair bit about group therapy.

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How did your writing process change with your second book?

The actual writing of the book during lockdown gave me a way to escape from my apartment — in my mind, at least. Every day, I was able to journey to Cambridge in my head, and try to live there. And in a way, lockdown was good for me creatively; it enabled me to focus. There’s nothing like being locked up in your apartment to concentrate your mind.

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"Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, 'The Maidens,' is finally here...the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible."
―The New York Times

"Fans of
The Secret History will fall hard for The Maidens, Michaelides’ dazzling chaser to 2019’s bestselling The Silent Patient, a challenging act to follow...Layered in dreamlike references to Greek mythology and ancient ritualized murders, this clever literary page-turner firmly establishes Michaelides as an unstoppable force in the thriller space."

"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, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"The author of the critically acclaimed
The Silent Patient permanently cements himself as a top modern author with this new work, a masterful, slow burn blend of Greek mythology and a knife-edged plot...destined for the bestseller list."

"Michaelides’ stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in
The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner."
Booklist, starred review

“Michaelides melds mythology and crime into a compelling page-turner.”
―Oprah Daily

"Stunning... 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, starred review

"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

"Alex Michaelides hits a home run in his sophomore effort.
The Maidens is a page-turner of the first order."
David Baldacci

"Combining Greek mythology with propulsive suspense, this gripping, twisty tale is the perfect way to start off your summer reading with a bang."
―Book Riot

About the Author

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent more than a year on the New York Timesbestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B088DRJXHW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Celadon Books (June 15, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 15, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4714 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 335 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel, debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide. The rights have been sold in a record-breaking 51 countries, and the book has been optioned for film by Plan B. His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for television by Miramax Television and Stone Village.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Greek mythology heavy
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Thanks to Celadon for the advanced readers copy!

THE MAIDENS is/was one of my most anticipated reads (The Silent Patient is def in my top 5 books. EVER.) In terms of allusions to mythology, references to Tennyson and the Cambridge feel, this book knocked it out of the park.

In terms of having a big reveal or shocking twist- it was kinda a let down.

This one is definitely a slow burn. Not a boring one per se, but this where you feel comfortable and not at all guilty for using a book mark (book marks ARE NOT for quitters, haterz). The pacing isn't heart pounding, but it is suspenseful.

The setting of Oxford/Cambridge is one of my favorites! I am also obsessed with the TV shows Endeavor/Morse/Lewis and this book put me right into that unique and quintessential English setting. Visiting Oxbridge (okay, I know I used that wrong) is definitely on my bucket list.

Give me a good serial killer story and I'm hooked. The wannabe forensic psychoanalytic in me <i>loves</i> reading about gruesome motives etc. THE MAIDENS goes above and beyond with that for me. Another reason why I loved THE SILENT PATIENT so much, was that it was also super psychological.

Right away, we are thrown into the conflict of the story. We aren't waiting for chapters for something to happen, if I remember correctly, the call from Zoey comes in chapter 2 or 3? The backstory's of each character is slowly revealed throughout the book.

Speaking of characters, we have come to probably the most important part: the characters.

Marina- girl, why in the world did you pray to the goddess of the underworld? Is there something I'm missing? I mean what did you expect?!

Professor Fosca- for someone who claims their innocence so profoundly, you sure do seem suspicious.

Ruth- when I read the chapter she was in I kept thinking 'wasn't there a Ruth character in TSP?' I'll let you work out the rest.

In conclusion, THE MAIDENS is a dark and conceptual tale rooted in Greek mythology. It's a fascinating tale of obsession, love and powerful influence.

mash ups: The Secret History, The Silent Patient and Endeavor.
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