Alex Michaelides shortlisted at the 2020 British Book Awards for The Silent Patient
We are delighted that the award-winning psychological thriller ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides has been chosen for the shortlist of the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year in the 2020 British Book Awards.
Alex, when he heard that ‘The Silent Patient’ had been shortlisted, said: ‘I’m really happy to be nominated with such amazing company. I’d like to thank Midas PR for all their hard work on the book’s behalf’.
Alex has been shortlisted with five other authors ranging from longstanding crime brands such as Val McDermid and Lee Child to other notable reads of 2019 including Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and Imposter by LJ Ross.
The British Book Awards which are celebrating their 30th year are taking place on 29th June at The Grosvenor House Hotel. The full list of nominations can be viewed here.
Set in a closed psychiatric unit and written with echoes of Alcestis, the Euripides play, The Silent Patient is the phenomenally successful no 1 global bestselling debut thriller of 2019. It went straight into the Sunday Times top 10 for 7 weeks, was #1 in the New York Times bestseller list and remained a NYT top 10 bestseller for 9 months. It has been sold in 47 territories so far which is a record for a UK debut. The film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.
Alicia Berenson is a successful artist with a famous fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. They appear to have the perfect marriage, until Alicia is accused of brutally murdering her husband, shooting him several times in the head. She has refused to speak since. She is sent to The Grove, a secure psychiatric unit in North London, and seen as an isolated and sometimes violent figure who is impossible to cure. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far bigger, a mystery that captures the public imagination and turns Alicia into a notorious figure in the media.
Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist, has wanted to work with Alicia for a long time, convinced that he could persuade her to open up, thereby helping her to integrate and come to terms with what she did and unravelling the mystery of what happened the night that she killed her husband. When Theo is offered a job at The Grove, he seizes the opportunity knowing that he will meet Alicia. Despite cynical opposition from the top he claims that he can help her to speak again and puts a plan in place to do just that. From there unfolds the most remarkable thriller with a twist at the end that nobody could possibly predict.
Alex Michaelides on The Silent Patient
“During my English degree, I became obsessed with the Ancient Greek myth of Alcestis and the haunting, cryptic tragedy by Euripides, where a woman is brought back to life and refuses to speak. This image of a silent woman haunted me for years, until I did a post-graduate course in psychotherapy in London. Working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit for two years, I saw how the world of psychotherapy might be the perfect modern setting to re-imagine this story and explore its themes of death, guilt and silence. Coupled with my love of thrillers, especially Agatha Christie, everything came together in the form of The Silent Patient.”