The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, Read by Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrick-Smith
A Campus Mystery Full of Intrigue
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Author Alex Michaelides and narrators Louise Brealey and Kobna Holdbrick-Smith cast a spell that will have listeners glued to this suspenseful novel, The Maidens. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss this bestselling serial killer mystery set at Cambridge University. Group therapist Mariana has returned to the school to comfort her niece after the girl’s friend is violently murdered. It turns out that the friend was part of a group of female students, The Maidens, who worshiped their classics professor. Brealey’s clear, soothing, strong voice transforms with ease from frantic teenage girl to louche male professor, and her pacing manages to both comfort and emphasize Mariana’s peril. Holdbrick-Smith’s rich, gravelly voice amplifies that peril as he narrates letters by an unnamed writer who has a growing desire to kill again.
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