Tempted by….Crime By The Book: In The Vines by Shannon Kirk @crimebythebook @ShannonCKirk @AmazonPub #InTheVines #bookbloggers #amreading #readingrecommendations


Family ties so strong you can’t escape…

Mary Olivia Pentecost, known as Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country—and one of the most guarded. Now, two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv—once her closest relative and confidante.

But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.

How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense.

Today’s Tempted by … is In The Vines by Shannon Kirk, a psychological thriller than I was compelled to buy after reading this review on Crime By The Book blog.

I was really drawn to this book by this review for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is set in one of my favourite locales, New England, and Abby (the person behind this excellent blog) states that the writing really brings the locale to life in all its crumbling glory. Secondly, Abby describes the story as immersive, and this is one of the main things I am looking for in a good book, the ability to be completely transported from real life into the story, so I am living, breathing and feeling it along with the characters. When someone of Abby’s credentials mentions this as the strength of  a book, any sensible person is going to take notice.

Everything about this book just jumps out as something I will enjoy from this review, from the rich prose to the insane characters, and this review is the perfect example of why I love Abby’s blog so much. Her reviews are so well-considered and detailed. She really explains what she does and does not love in a book and exactly why so that the reader can make an informed decision as to why this may or may not be the book for them. I doubt anyone who buys a novel on the strength of one of Abby’s reviews is going to feel short-changed.

If you have been equally tempted by this review, you can buy a copy of In The Vines here.And fans of crime novels should definitely check out more reviews onCrime By The Bookif you haven’t already.

Friday Night Drinks with…. S. M. Stevens @SMStevens17 #FridayNightDrinks #HAHG


Delighted to welcome to the blog tonight for Friday Night Drinks author….S. M. Stevens.


Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

A vodka gimlet with fresh lime juice. Thanks for the invite. I look forward to a scintillating night of libation and conversation. 

vodka gimlet

Oh, high expectations, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

I’m not choosy about my drinking establishments, but a pub or wine bar where we could actually hear each other talk would be nice. It’s hard to get to know each other over throbbing bass beats and thunderous conversations!

I agree, I think maybe that’s an age thing! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

Reese Witherspoon, because I really want her Hello Sunshine! Book Club to choose my novel. And Keith Richards because, well – just because.

That would be a party, I think. I absolutely love Reese Witherspoon. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I am in the throes of promoting my first traditionally published novel, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. It’s the story of two women struggling with past and present demons, meaning childhood incest for Shelby, and workplace sexual harassment for Astrid. 

The book was prompted by the #MeToo movement. I was fascinated and appalled by the parallels between workplace sexual harassment and childhood incest, specifically how society asks many of the same questions of both types of victim. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is my way of answering those questions.

There are a handful of workplace harassment-themed novels available today (with many more to come, I’m sure!), but I believe mine is the first in which the heroines are in their 20’s. This to me is the logical age for such a story, because that’s when most women embark on their careers and first learn about corporate hierarchies and power plays. 

Despite the heavy themes, it’s also a fun, uplifting coming-of-age story, or so my reviewers tell me.  

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

Proudest moment: Having an early reviewer of my Horseshoes and Hand Grenades manuscript tell me it prompted her to reveal to her husband her own sexual harassment experience. I hope the novel starts many such conversations.

Biggest challenge: Getting publishers to take note of a story that is not “extreme”. They seem to think that’s all that will sell – extreme poverty, extreme alcoholism, extreme abuse… But in fact, there are so many more readers out there who identify with less extreme life situations. That’s who I wrote this book for. (Almost counts in more than horseshoes and hand grenades.) And thankfully, TouchPoint Press saw the value in this, too.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, it’s just us talking after all!

I guess that would have to be landing a major interview or endorsement of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Not because I want to be in the limelight — I’ve been a PR person all my career so I can put other people out front. But I really want the book to reach as many victims of sexual abuse as possible – regardless of the “severity” of that abuse — so they can validate their experiences and start to heal. A major interview or endorsement would be a marvellous way to make that happen.

What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

It’s still just an idea stewing in my brain, but I would love to write a story with a transgender or gender-fluid hero.

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

Favourite place: Any tropical beach.


Bucket list: My dream holiday would be somewhere in African to see gorillas in the wild. (Shameless plug: If you love travel, you should check out my daughter’s budget travel blog.)


Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

I was the goalkeeper for my high school field hockey team. I loved sports but was hopefully uncoordinated and slow. I hated running laps to get in shape. But I found my niche in the comfort of the goal where I managed to not embarrass myself and even contribute to the team’s success! 

My youngest daughter currently plays in goal in field hockey! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

Well, here’s something different for you. I’m currently reading The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs. His descriptions of animals and nature are completely unexpected but perfectly put together.


Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots.

Each of the 40 brief, compelling narratives in THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES focuses on the author’s own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species’ behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan. But the glory of each essay lies in Childs’s ability to portray the sometimes brutal beauty of the wilderness, to capture the individual essence of wild creatures, to transport the reader beyond the human realm and deep inside the animal kingdom.

So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

Ha, I do have a secret weapon for that! I discovered years ago that my migraine pills also cure, and prevent, hangovers! Now if only the health insurance company wasn’t so stingy with them. ☺

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

Assuming I’m a bit drained after our late night, I would take my shepherd/collie mix Korra for a bracing walk in the crisp autumn air, and she would not harass any other dogs for once! Then, having been productive for an hour, I’d give myself permission to veg on the couch with my boyfriend watching a movie, preferably with rain drizzling down outside the window.

korra in berlin

What a gorgeous dog! Susan, thank you so much for coming on the blog, it has been a joy and I am really looking forward to taking part in the blog tour for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades soon.

S. M. Stevens’ latest book, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is out now and you can buy a copy here. I will be reviewing the book as part of the author’s blog tour on 31 January, so do check back then to see what I thought.

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Shelby Stewart is damn sure “mild” childhood sexual abuse by her stepfather—a respected teacher and revered coach—didn’t change her. She succeeds at her new PR job in 1980s Boston but sucks at romance, sabotaging relationships with men her friends insist are not good enough for her.

Shelby’s co-worker, Astrid Ericcson, says she wrote the book on How to Get Ahead by Flirting. But when her boss’s innuendoes escalate to not-so-subtle touching and under-the-table footsie, she finds both her career and her safety at risk.

Together, the women try to build their careers, friendships and romances while facing their respective demons. Will they succeed? Or will they spiral out of control?

S.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises: a shattered pelvis (from a horseback riding fall) and ovarian cancer. Her other books are Middle-Grade novel Shannon’s Odyssey and the Bit Players Young Adult series. She has lived in the U.S., U.K. (twice) and Italy, and currently resides in the New England region of the U.S. When not writing, she markets solar energy.

You can find out more about Susan and her work on her website,  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please join me back here, same time next week, when I will be having Friday Night Drinks with my friend and debut author…Giulia Skye.

When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick #BookReview #BlogTour (@helensedgwick) @PtBlankBks @OneworldNews @annecater #RandomThingsTours #WhenTheDeadComeCalling


A murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where long buried secrets threaten a small community

When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead, the local police force set out to investigate. It’s not long before they uncover a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

But there’s worse to come. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband Fergus, DI Georgie Strachan soon realizes that something very bad is lurking just below the surface. Meanwhile someone – or something – is hiding in the strange, haunted cave beneath the cliffs.

My first blog tour of the new year and I am delighted to be reviewing When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part and to the publisher for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

This was a crime book with a difference, quite unlike anything I’ve read before. I have to say, for quite a large chunk of the book I wasn’t’t really sure what was going on. We meet a first person narrator who is hiding out in a sea cave, but it is unclear who this person is or whether the things they are seeing are real until almost the end of the book. There are a series of crimes which no one quite knows whether they are connected or not, or what the motivations are behind them for a long time. It struck me that this is quite likely the closest feeling to how real investigations unravel, but it was an unusual construct for a novel and I was feeling my way through it quite confusedly for much of the time. I suspect this may put some, particularly impatient, readers off, but it is worth sticking with it.

The main reason I suggest you want to stick with this book is the pure beauty of the writing. The author has a masterful voice, the writing is lyrical and descriptive, truly invoking the starkness, remoteness and hostility of the book’s isolated location and imbuing it with the despair and menace that is the bedrock of the story. I could feel the sea spray, smell the seaweed, feel the decay, it was all immersive. On top of this, the book has an eerie, dream-like, ethereal quality which, again, mirrors and enhances the storyline. The line between reality and imagination are blurred and unclear throughout, questions are left hanging, not everything is explained. This is really a very unusual and exciting twist on a crime novel and it has made me very keen to see what will come next in the series.

This book will not appeal to everyone because it is so different. The pacing is not quite as frantic as some may expect from crime books, and it is a curious mix of the straight-forward and the mystic. However, the issues addressed are current, relevant and compelling, the characters diverse, well-rounded and interesting and the crime suitably violent, complex and baffling. I think it is a book that will reward a repeat read to draw out all of the subtleties and nuances of the story and that rewards readers who are curious and adventurous. I recommend it for those who enjoy beautiful writing, clever plotting and something a little out of the mainstream.

When The Dead Come Calling is out tomorrow and you can buy a copy here.

Please do check out the rest of the blogs taking part in the tour, you can follow via the poster below:

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About the Author

Helen Sedgwick Author Photo

Helen Sedgwick is the author of The Comet Seekers, selected as a best book of 2016 by the Herald, and The Growing Season, shortlisted for the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year in 2018. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

Before she became an author, she was a research physicist with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University. She now lives and writes in the Scottish Highlands.

Connect with Helen:

Website: http://www.helensedgwick.com

Facebook: Helen Sedgwick Author

Twitter: @helensedgwick

Instagram: @helensedgwickauthor


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy #BookReview (@charliemackesy) @EburyPublishing #TheBoyTheMoleTheFoxAndTheHorse #illustrated


A book of hope for uncertain times.

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

I kept seeing this book being mentioned on social media but wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. I thought it was a children’s book until I picked it up in Waterstones and immediately fell in love with it.

This is a book unlike any other. A combination of nuggets of wisdom passed on through the story of four unlikely friends, combined with beautiful, fluid pen and ink drawings of the cosy quartet, it is a book you can pick up and dip in and out of whenever time allows, or your soul needs a little succour.

This isn’t a book with a linear plot, as such, more a loosely connected series of thoughts and advice for anyone needing to be reminded that the world is generally a good place, people are mostly kind and generous and, in a society that seems to value only surface perfection, it is okay just to be a perfectly imperfect you. The author is obviously a very astute individual, the sentiments in the book really touched and moved me on almost every page.

It is very hard to describe what is so special about this book, you really should pick up a copy and take a look for yourself. It is full of warmth and comfort and kindness, as well as beauty and friendship. I found the messages in the books so powerful that I immediately bought five copies to send to my close writing friends as a reminder of how strong we are as a group. This is a book you will want to share with the people you love.

A beautiful book that you will return to again and again when you need a virtual hug and a reminder that things are never as bad as they seem. One of my favourite discoveries of the year.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is out now and you can get a copy here.

About the Author


Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, ‘The Unity Series’. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his dog.

Connect with Charlie:

Website: https://www.charliemackesy.com

Facebook: Charlie Mackesy Art

Twitter: @charliemackesy

Instagram: @charliemackesy


Friday Night Drinks with…. Julie Ryan @julieryan18 @RNATweets #FridayNightDrinks #GreekIslandsMysteries #FindingRose


For my final Friday Night Drinks of 2019, I am joined by author and fellow RNA member….Julie Ryan.

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Julie, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

Champagne if we’re celebrating, lime and soda if I’m driving.

Champagne all the way then, it’s nearly a new decade. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

A lovely little Indian restaurant I know where the staff are friendly, the food is good and you can almost always get a table.

Wonderful, I love Indian food. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

Stephen Fry as I think he is a wonderful raconteur so he would keep us amused and Joanne Harris, who just happens to be one of my favourite authors.

So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I’ve just started an MA in Creative Writing so everything else has been put on hold for the moment. When I manage to organize my time I have two books on the go, both set in Greece. I’m hoping to finish the first one at least before I finish the MA.!

Exciting! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

I think seeing my first book in print and that moment when you hold it and realize everything in it came from your imagination. A wonderful feeling. The biggest challenge for most indies is to sell copies. I’ve built up a following but after the initial rush, sales invariably dwindle.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I would love a three book deal with a reputable publisher, representation by an agent and then a film deal. Sorry, I’m greedy – that’s more than one big thing. Seriously, if any of those were to happen I’d be absolutely thrilled.

What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

A new series which features a wedding in Greece, a boutique hotel and an unlikely romance.

I love books set in foreign climes! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

Greece is my spiritual home and I try to visit as often as I can. There’s so much to see and somehow it always draws me back. On my bucket list is Delphi, closely followed by Meteora. Hopefully, I’ll get to tick one of those off next year.

Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

When not reading, blogging or writing, I belong to an amateur dramatic group. Each year we perform a  pantomime, which I love. Next Spring though, I get to direct a farce that I’ve written – my directorial debut.


Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

John Fowles The Magus.  I always find something new in it each time I read it and I owe my love of Greece, at least in part, to this book.


On a remote Greek Island, Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. As reality and illusion intertwine, Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games. John Fowles expertly unfolds a tale that is lush with over-powering imagery in a spellbinding exploration of human complexities. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, The Magus is a feast for the mind and the senses.

I have not read this one, I will add it to the list. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

I rarely drink too much these days. I learned my lesson at my wedding when I had a hangover for two days!

Oh no! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

Reading with a cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate by my side – my cat curled up at my feet and the house to myself. Bliss.


Julie, thank you so much for joining me and sharing a chat. It has been a great way to round off 2019.

Julie’s latest book, Finding Roseis out now on Kindle and in paperback, and you can buy a copy here.


When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1? Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

Julie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire, England. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances; thrillers set in the Greek Isles. In a new departure her latest novel, Finding Rose, has two historical timelines, the Tudor Court and the First World War.

A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and rescue cat. She manages to write a book a year although without their help, she would probably write more quickly. She is a book addict and will soon need either a bigger house for her collection or a new husband!

You can find out more about Julie and her writing on her websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Next week, I will be kicking off a new blogging year by having Friday Night Drinks with book blogger Els Ebraert from B for Book Review, so please do join us. In the meantime, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed and valued your support over the past twelve months and wish all my readers and followers a very



#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Julie Morris (@book_problem) #ALittleBookProblem #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Today I am sharing recommendations for three stunning books published in 2019 over on Emma Welton’s blog at damppebbles.com. I hope you will go over and have a look, and catch up on all the fabulous books recommended by Emma’s other guests while you are there.


Hello and welcome to the last #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post before Christmas. As in previous years, #R3COMM3ND3D and I will be taking a short break over the next three days, only to return on the 27th with even more brilliant book recommendations. As this is my last post before Christmas I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope your festive break is exactly what you want it to be. I also hope you get to spend some quality time with a good book too 😉.

Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant blogger to share three of her favourite books from 2019 with us. The warmest of welcomes to the very lovely Julie Morris of A Little Book Problem. Julie’s blog is a treasure trove of beautiful books and fantastic reviews. I strongly recommend that you give her blog a follow if you…

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #BookReview #BlogTour (@AlexMichaelides) @orionbooks @midaspr #paperback #TheSilentPatient

The Silent Patient

Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

My final blog tour of 2019 and I am delighted to be going out with a bang and joining the tour to celebrate the paperback publication of one of the standout novels of the year, The Silent Patient  by Alex Michaelides. My thanks to Midas PR and Orion Publishing for my paperback copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

I’ve been meaning to read this book all year and I’m not wondering why I’ve waited so long. What did I just read? OMG, my heart is still pounding from the final chapters of this amazing thriller. It was every bit as gripping, twisting, turning and unexpected as I had hoped from everything I had heard. Sometimes books are hyped so much they can never live up to the anticipation but this one actually delivered on every level.

This book is so cleverly crafted and plotted. How the author manages to give the reader so much empathy for a main character who doesn’t speak throughout the majority of the book and who is in a mental institution having been convicted of the brutal killing of her husband is quite a feat. Despite her silence, we ‘hear’ her speak throughout the book via some clever techniques and we are kept guessing about the truth and her motivations throughout. Her story is intriguing, ether must be more to her than we see at face value, but what is it, what is the truth? The author keeps us dangling, revealing tantalising clues that keep the reader turning the pages throughout. We glimpse different facets of her character, despite her lack of speech, which have our opinions swinging wildly from chapter to chapter. Victim or vixen? Manipulated or manipulator? It is masterfully done.

The main voice behind the narrative is Theo, her psychoanalyst, and the voice of reason in contrast to Alicia’s madness, trying to guide the world, and the reader, to the truth behind the murder and why Alicia did it and, more importantly, why she has remained mute ever since. Theo is a professional, and a man of science, so he should be able to sort the facts from the fiction, shouldn’t he? But has he been seduced by Alicia? And are events in his own life colouring his emotions about this case?

The insights into life in a psychiatric hospital were fascinating, the author’s own experiences giving a ring of authenticity to the narrative, and the tensions and rivalries between the professionals in the hospital certainly will seem familiar to anyone who has worked in a competitive environment. The descriptions were very visual and, again, the author’s pedigree as a screenwriter is apparent throughout and you can see why this book has been optioned as a movie.

This is a book where nothing is what it seems, shocks and surprises abound and there really is no getting to the truth until you turn the very final page. It truly had me on the edge of my seat from first page to last and, at the final hurdle, delivered on every promise made throughout. I honestly think I gasped out loud at one point. Beautifully constructed, with gorgeous character development and a taut story. Worth every moment of anticipation. A must read.

The Silent Patient is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.

Please do follow the rest of the blog tour for the paperback release:

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About the Author

Alex Michaelides (c) Andrew Hayes-Watkins

Alex Michaelides is an author and screenwriter born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in English, he received an MA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know, starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote ,The Brits Are Coming, starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. The Silent Patient is Alex’s debut novel, the inspiration for which came in part from when he worked at a secure unit for two years. A Sunday Times bestseller, it went straight in at #1 in The New York Times bestseller lists which is a first for a UK debut novel, and stayed at the top for seven months, the first UK debut novel to do so. It has sold in 44 territories so far, which is a record for a debut novel. The film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

Connect with Alex:

Twitter: @AlexMichaelides

Instagram: @alex.michaelides