Thursday, July 15, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  Edward Fosca was a murderer.

This was a fact. This wasn't something Mariana knew just on an intellectual level, as an idea. Her body knew it. She felt it in her bones, along her blood, and deep within every cell.


Page 56:  "What did Tara say to you? You saidshe sounded crazy?"


My thoughts:  This author's debut novel, The Silent Patient made me an instant fan. I am eager to begin reading his new book, which has also been highly acclaimed.


From GoodReads: Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.

Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?

When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.


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  1. My co-blogger read The Silent Patient and mentioned The Maidens to me. She hasn't read it (and neither have I), but it looks like and interesting story. Enjoy your current read!

  2. I am dying to read this one because it has everything I could possible ask for in a book! A dark academia setting, murder, a woman on a mission... I need to get my hands on this book ASAP. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I have been eyeing this book, and now I definitely want to know more. Great excerpts...and thanks for sharing.


  4. I've heard great things about this book! Hope you love it too! Happy weekend!

  5. I love the setting and the sound of this one. Unless it's too scary. I didn't read The Silent Patient because the cover looked too scary. Was it?

  6. I've had this on my radar and it looks amazing! I love the teasers you shared.

  7. The Silent Patient is on my reading list. I hope to get to it soon. Now that I know you are a fan it makes me want to move it up. My Friday quotes from This Tender Land

  8. Sounds like they are stand alone novels? I'm adding both to my TBR. Thank you!

  9. All The Silent Patient copies at my library have multiple holds. That is a good sign.