**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
“Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, ‘The Maidens,’ is finally here…the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible.”
―The New York Times
“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
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).
Edward Fosca is a serial killer. Mariana is certain of this. Fosca, on the other hand, is untouchable. Fosca, a handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, is adored by both staff and students, especially the members of The Maidens, a secret society of female students.
Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes obsessed with The Maidens after one of their members is found murdered in Cambridge, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe.
Mariana, who was once a student at the university, quickly realizes that something sinister lurks behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions. And she comes to believe that Edward Fosca, despite his alibi, is the murderer.But why would a professor choose one of his students as a target? And why does he keep coming back to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?
Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control when another body is discovered, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. Mariana, on the other hand, is determined to stop the killer, even if it means risking her own life.