The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Mariana Andros is a group therapist still trying to deal with the unexpected death of her husband, Sebastian.  When her niece’s best friend is found murdered in Cambridge, Mariana is drawn to return to her own alma mater to help Zoe cope with the loss of her best friend, but finds herself fixated on a professor of Greek tragedy as a suspect in the case.  Not only is Professor Fosca surrounded by a circle of adoring women/students known around campus as “the maidens” who have conveniently provided him with an alibi for the time of the murder, but he seems to take especial delight in taunting Mariana about her own Greek background.  Add in more murders, blackmail, and other odd characters (including Theo Faber, the psychotherapist main character in this author’s The Silent Patient) and this book was extremely hard to put down.  And, I had NOT predicted the ending.

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