BJ’s Standout Reads November 2022
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides Mariana’s niece is going to a prestigious university in England, where one of her friends was murdered. So Mariana goes back to the university, where she also went, to help the niece through this trauma. Of course she gets to investigating the murder on her own. She is absolutely convinced that there is a certain professor, who has amassed a group of women students and is kind of a cult leader, is the murderer. But she can’t prove it. And the more she tries to prove it the more she looks like a wack-a-do. Pretty interesting with the cult aspect of it. I did get a vibe of who did the murder early on, though I know it was supposed to be a twist. While I had that inkling it was still super interesting to find out why that person did the murder. So the twist redeemed itself.
Always Watching by Chevy Stevens Nadine is a psychiatrist who works in a hospital. Her newest patient has attempted suicide, and she goes in to start working with her when this patient talks about how someone is always watching her. Turns out this patient was newly escaped from a cult (yay! Cults!) and Nadine is trying to help her figure things out. When the patient ends up committing suicide, Nadine starts having some memories of her own. Turns out when she was a kid herself her mom dragged her and her brother to this same cult. They ended up leaving it, but since then the cult has grown in power. She knows some very untoward things are happening on the cult’s campus, that lead to her patient committing suicide. When Nadine’s own daughter, a drug addict, gets sucked into the cult too she knows she needs to do something about it. Then she starts to remember unsavory things that happened while she was there. If she can prove that it happened she can bring down this cult once and for all.
added on 12.10.22