The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mysterious murders in a college town and a group of women who idolize and follow around an enigmatic professor. Sounds good, but not great.

The characters felt shallow as did the plot. There was no depth to the relationships between the main characters of Mariana, Zoe, and Sebastian.

Initially the book gave me the light but suspenseful feeling of books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train but as more college life, authors, and art were weaved in I was reminded of Tartt’s The Secret History. This novel, however, does not have the complexity and depth of story that Tartt’s novels have.

There are a couple of interesting twists but there were also tunes when Mariana seemed very daft. Why is Mariana so compelled to investigate and help Zoe while seemingly having very little understanding of who Zoe is.

The relationships between Mariana and the other characters were also tenuous and lacking background and depth.

This one will rank toward the bottom of the books I’ve read this year.

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