The Maidens caught my eye the moment I spotted it on the top shelf of a little book shop at the beach. I had just finished reading a rather large classic, and was looking for an easier read I could finish in a couple of days. I am glad I picked up The Maidens, for it was exactly what I was looking for. This book follows the story of Mariana, a recent widow in her mid thirties as she navigates a murder that takes place at her alma mater, the college she and her late husband attended and the college her niece attends. She is sure she knows who the murderer is—a young professor who has an all-female exclusive study group—and becomes obsessed with proving his guilt. The best word to describe this book is entertaining. I finished it very quickly and was never bored by it. My three star rating, however, comes from a few issue I have with it. First off, my inability to suspend my disbelief at times. There were many points in this book when I said to myself “this would never happen,” despite the book being set in the real world. Also, while I understand that tragic deaths and abandonment are experienced by many people, I find it hard to believe that basically every character in this book has experienced either one or both. Now, while in the next few lines I will not be giving major spoilers, I will be discussing a specific aspect of the book. So if you would like to go in completely blind, I suggest you stop reading. It is expected, especially in the mystery genre, to have a twist. For me, the predictability and execution of the twist can make or break the book. For The Maidens, the twist was shocking. When I first finished the book, I thought the twist was good. And I at first gave this book four stars. However, in retrospect, I’m not as fond of it. That twist didn’t come out of nowhere, per se, but for something as shocking as this, I feel like we needed more time with it. Readers are given little chance to absorb what happened before everything goes crazy. That being said, While I was able to guess the individual(s) involved, my guess as to how was wrong, which I commend the book for. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an absurd story to wrapped into for a little while, though not to someone looking for a masterpiece in mystery.