“The Silent Patient” was buoyed by the subtlety of the “clues.” The author swung in the opposite direction in “The Maidens” through heavy-handed clues forcing the listener into a who-dunnit mentality. I enjoyed the read but it didn’t live up to “The Silent Patient.” Was that because “Silent Patient” was so great or this was just ok? I don’t know.
(2.5 rounded up to a 3)
To put it bluntly: This novel was an extreme letdown. I’m a believer in ‘show don’t tell’ and this book does nothing but tell. In fact, it’s much too descriptive and makes the story dull where it could have been intriguing. Not everything needed to be described and yet it was, it feels like Michaelides doesn’t trust his readers enough to not spell everything out.
The actual story was simply “okay”. I think The Maidens could have been much better had it leaned more into the dark academia vibe it has. The twist was easy to spot from miles away and if you’ve read at least a few suspense or mysteries, you’ll know how this story ends. The main problem The Maidens has is the characters. Some felt like they didn’t need to be included and others would have benefited from better writing. The main character, Marianna, is bland, unreliable, and, to me, personally, unlikeable. I don’t mind an unreliable narrator but the way this story is told it just served to make the ending fall flat.
This one is not quite as good as the silent patient but I still enjoyed it. I wasn't completely expecting the ending but not entirely surprised either because that character seemed a little off to me. The book did a good job overall in keeping me interested, just not quite 5-star material for me.
I was expecting it to be much more thrilling, but it was okay.
This is not worth reading. the plot twist is predictable, and it has many plot holes. definitely read the patient if you’re going to read this author
Delicious: Couldn't stop listening. Easily a 10. THE narrator is wonderful as well.. SHE puts her feelings into the words..
Very good book with an excellent ending
Not as good as the silent patient, but not terrible. A bit cliche and overdramatic to be honest. I liked the narrator though.
Alex Michaelides is a methodical mystery writer. The ending is unexpected. There are cross references from this story to his other book The Silent Patient.
Fantastic book. Kept me engaged until the end!
AMAZING. I didn’t want it to end. I hope this author continues to write more books and I genuinely hope this is made into a movie.
I enjoyed the mystery of it. The narrator was good and the story kept me engaged.
Ending came out of no where and it seemed as if every other character was there to just be distraction.
very good! kept me entertained and guessing all the way through.
Truly amazing book!!!
love it. I was pulled into the story right away
Really enjoyed this book! The character development was great, the plot was well thought out, and the twists kept me guessing! I was pleasantly surprised by the bit of intertwining between this and the Silent Patient. Both narrators did a great job, I hope there will soon be a book about Fred! This would make a good short TV series.
Ecchhh. I disliked this book almost as much as I loved the author's first book. The cross references between the 2 books were pretty cool though.
Good narrator tho I did speed it up a tich. Underwhelming story.
I liked this book better than The Silent Patient which I figured out far too soon. I was genuinely surprised by some of the twists in this one.
His first book was really good and exciting
This was interesting but slow. Ending was unsatisfactory and seemed really concocted
I don't like to leave reviews for books I don't care for. The author works so hard and who am I to criticize. But this book is so pushed and talked about I was excited to read it. I didn't like the main character she is weak and sniveling. I can't find anything I did like about it. The story is weak as the main character. the ending is so predictable it was a waste of time.
This book was fantastic!! It kept you guessing and not at all predictable!! I absolutely loved the story line and both narrators!!! I truly wish this author had more books!!! It's been a long time since I've read something this good.
So good. I was pleasantly surprised, after finishing The Silent Patient, that Alex had another book that had just come out a few days before. This was just as good if not better!