Top positive review
Reviewed in India on 25 June 2021
I cannot begin to describe what an incredibly stunning read this was. His debut novel 'The Silent Patient' was the ultimate read that got me officially initiated into this genre (dramatic but TRUE) and I had expected no less from 'The Maidens' either. And guess what? It gave me even more! 'The Maidens' is exactly why I love psychological thrillers so freakin' much. And you know what? I kinda feel proud that I could - quite early on - correctly identify the person who had been writing the memoir! And I was like YAASSSS I KNEW IT!!!
Haha. Now. I don't want to say ANYTHING negative about this book, thanks to the brilliant plot twists, the captivating pace, the intriguing characters, and the conscientious descriptions of the aesthetic Cambridge University. Nevertheless, one aspect of this book that could have been done better was the number of red herrings. There were just too many. And as someone who digs thrillers like cake, I can tell you (quite accurately) that everytime a person is associated with a red herring, that person is never the killer. That way, I had to strike out almost all the suspicious characters before the big reveal and duh. I was right. But it didn't matter since I had already had my suspicions with the least suspicious characters anyway.
All in all, it was an unbelievably enthralling read. This book exceeded my expectations which were already quite high, to begin with! I really cannot wait for his next one. I wonder what that's going to be about. ❤