Author: Alex Michaelides

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Celadon Books/Macmillan Audio

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Book Description: Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.

Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?

When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Mini Review: From the author of the Silent Patient, Michaelides brings a new thriller set on a university campus.

Mariana is a group therapist. She recently lost her beloved husband and her niece Zoe who she raised is at university. When a death occurs of Zoes friend Mariana is thrust into a mystery that attempts a rollercoaster of a story.

Mariana is positive the murderer is Edward Fosca, a professor who runs a secret society of female students. When two more from the group die, Mariana does everything she can to prove Edward Fosca is the one responsible.

This book was ok, but nothing special. I had figured the ending out about a quarter of the way through. There were a few surprises to this story, but overall it was pretty bland overall.

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Posted by:Lauren A.

You really can say I am an obsessed reader as I read 200-300 books per year. I love Literary Fiction, Memoirs (I don't really care what kind), Mysteries and Thrillers. Once in awhile I will thrown in some YA and Romance. When I am not reading, I am a Sales Engineer for a software company, and I take care of my three cats with my husband. I love music, which my college degree is in. Looking forward to share my thoughts on all things reading.

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