Thank you, Alex Michaelides, NetGalley, and Macmillan Audio for the opportunity to read this book. It releases on June 15th, 2021!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides has been everywhere since its release. It is sitting on my shelf right now and I hope to read it soon. But, when I received an audiobook copy of his second book, The Maidens, I could not wait to read it! It doesn’t release until June 15th, but I have been seeing this book everywhere FOR MONTHS! Mariana is a group therapist who lost her husband a year ago. Now it is just her and her niece, Zoe. Zoe calls her from college saying that her best friend, Tara has been murdered. Mariana goes to Cambridge, her former college to be there for Zoe. Mariana is convinced that the professor, Edward Fosca is a murderer. He is the leader of a female-only group, called The Maidens. It is an exclusive group and Tara was a member. But Mariana has no evidence, then another member is murdered. Mariana begins to investigate on her own and will do anything to bring down Fosca before another member is murdered.
When people say this thriller is a slow burn, there should be an extra emphasis on SLOW. I almost gave up. But I must say, I am so glad I didn’t give up. I was really conflicted with Mariana as the main character. While she is obviously brilliant and truly wants to help people…she can also be pretty idiotic. She gets EVERYTHING wrong. –I don’t want to expand on that thought because it may lead to some spoilers. The thing is, readers will see clearly that she is wrong but she just keeps forcing herself into an investigation that she is clueless about and her decisions do affect those around her. But let me get back to the pace of the novel. I felt that there are a few unnecessary moments, particularly at the beginning of the book. I understand that the author wanted to give readers more than one suspect but it did not help the pace. THANKFULLY, at about 65% in the book, I did not want to put it down. I went an extra mile on my run, just so I can finish it.
The author does an amazing job at intertwining ancient mythology with the crime and within Mariana’s life. I loved the addition of the stories of Demeter and Persephone. It is important to connect Demeter and Persephone’s relationship with Mariana and Zoe. Plus, the author really showed why women often don’t come forward to report crimes because they are often not believed.
The narrators are Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I thought Kobna Holdbrook-Smith did a phenomenal job by adding a very eerie aesthetic to the audiobook. But Louise Brealey left me a little disappointed. She does some amazing accents but her narration didn’t quite keep me hooked to the story. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I have to say that the ending of the book was pretty brilliant.