I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Celadon Books) in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I just want to preface by saying that I have not read the author’s other book, The Silent Patient. I cannot speak as to how this book compares nor did I have any expectations going in. I have heard from other reviewers that this book is set in the same universe as The Silent Patient, so if you’ve read that there are probably some references to it in this book.
There were some things that I really liked about this book, and some things I did not like.
I really liked the dark academia setting and aesthetic. I thought it was very well done and had the perfect tone to create the dark academia atmosphere.
The incorporation of greek tragedy and mythology was also well done.
I also liked the short chapters. It helped the book flow so nicely and made reading the book a breeze.
Now onto what I didn’t like.
For a book called The Maidens, there was little time actually spent on the Maidens. We never really got to see what they did in their secret society, nor were the girls themselves explored that deeply. I felt like this was a missed opportunity and could have added to the mystery.
When it comes to thrillers, the endings are often a hit or a miss. The ending of this one was a miss for me. The ending seemed a little out of left field and also felt rushed.
Overall, this book had a lot of potential but it fell a little flat for me.
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