Thank you, Celadon Books, for gifting me a copy of The Maidens!
Pub Date: 6.15.21
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
I have sat down to write this review on, at least, five occasions but I quickly give up and move on to something else. Why is that? Well… I keep wanting to write a review based on The Maidens being from the same author who wrote The Silent Patient (which two years later is still my favorite book to recommend). And yes, it is written by the same author but I feel like it needs to be held to different standards. I need to forget that both books come from the same author and review the Maidens as its own book.
I have always had a strong interest in Greek Mythology so the idea that The Maidens was based around that concept had me completely fascinated and turning page after page wondering where in the heck the story was going. There is one aspect to this book that completely turned me off and that was an unnecessary abuse/death of an animal directly after section 4; I honestly think it was put in there for shock factor and that was it.
🏛 Greek Mythology.
🤏🏼 Short chapters that have you unable to put the book down.
😱 Unreliable narrator/character
🤐 A nod to The Silent Patient – when you read it, you’ll know it.
❌ Animal Cruelty.
🙍🏽♂️🙍🏽♂️🙍🏽♂️Too many male characters acting shady.
🤯 The surprising twist at the end.
The best advice I can give you if you choose to read The Maidens is to go into this book thinking that it is NOT written by the same author who wrote The Silent Patient.