I am delighted to be involved in the Official Blogtour for THE SILENT PATIENT and thrilled to be opening the tour with a Quickie with Alex Michaelides. If you follow my blog you will know that I was one of the first bloggers to read and review the book back in July 2018 and OMG absolutely LOVED it.
You can read my full review here
If you haven’t heard about this book yet – here’s the blurb:
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
So, let’s find out more from Alex:
Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?
It’s about an artist who kills her husband, and then never speaks again. It’s narrated by the psychotherapist who tries to get her talking again, as well as unravel the mystery of what happened the night she killed her husband. It’s Agatha Christie meets psychotherapy, and if you’re interested in either you hopefully might enjoy it.
If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?
What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?
I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Maybe when I was asked by someone if I would like to write their autobiography for them. I declined the offer!
If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?
Billy Wilder. Because no one knows more about constructing stories and telling them visually. And he’s incredibly funny.
Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!)
I was brought up Roman Catholic, and I used to have to make up sins in Confession, as my real secrets were too terrible to reveal.
Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. I wanted to re-read this as I loved this when I was a teenager. And it’s just as good as I remember. Haunting and unsettling.
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez – this is a play which I thought was so moving I bought the play to read. And it reads wonderfully, like a novel.
Picking up the Pieces by Paul Britton. He’s a famous forensic psychologist and I found it very interesting. It’s research for my next book.
Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful bloggers who are involved in this epic tour and enjoy the book!