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Audiobook Review: The Maidens

Title: The Maidens

Format: Audiobook

Author: Alex Michaelides

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Review: This was a great audiobook. I loved the narrator and the story is so easy to get sucked into that I listened to this one in only a couple days. I love mysteries set on school campuses and this one did not disappoint. The author did a great job bringing the setting of Cambridge to life in the book. I loved the way the school is presented as pristine in the beginning and that view changes as Mariana really digs into the mystery. I really enjoyed the characters and the setting. There were great twists and turns that kept me reading and guessing. I definitely recommend it to any mystery fans.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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