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The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient‘The Silent Patient’ is Alex Michaelides debut novel.

There has been much hype and talk over the ‘The Silent Patient’, Orion Books highly anticipated debut for 2019 and after reading the book in two sittings, I fully understand the excitement.

The story is seen through the narrative of successful artist Alicia and her therapist Theo, who has been quite obsessed with the woman after she allegedly killed her husband, but no one knows the true story as Alicia, has never spoke from that fateful day. She’s now in a psychiatric hospital and Theo is making it his job to get her to speak and reveal all.

The story flashes back and forward between both characters and gives the reader a clear insight into both people. Before the incident, Alicia was a highly regarded artist married to a top photographer, whose life everyone envied. Her childhood was troubled and these troubles were translated into her paintings that sold out art galleries.

Theo is determined that he will be able to find the answers to the questions, his colleagues were unable to and with connecting with Alicia’s family and friends, is able to get a clearer picture of the woman she once was and has now become.

Now, working in a volatile environment, where his life could potentially be at risk, Theo begins to embark on a tentative friendship with Alicia, hoping to get her to talk.

The story is bleak and riddled with suspense that really leaves the edger on tender hooks, both the main characters are extremely flawed and they use this to their advantage in their strange relationship. The flashbacks to the past and present are cleverly written and tie deliciously together in the end, when all is revealed. It’s so skilfully written and flows at a nice pace that really pulls the reader in, wanting to know more about Alicia and the actions of that night.

I genuinely loved this book and thought it was one of the best psychological debuts that I’ve read in a while, a strong plot, a mute woman with a story to tell and a man determined to know the truth.

It was tense, atmospheric and had a twist that really did blow my mind, for all fans of psychological thrillers, ‘The Silent Patient’ needs to be at the top of your TBR pile!

You can pre-order The Silent Patient from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th February 2019.

Nominations For The 2014 Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards

RONAThe annual shortlist for the RoNA awards were revealed and I am delighted to see that some of my recent favourite books are amongst the nominees.

The five category winners competing for the Romantic Novel of the Year are drawn from 30 finalists’ books; six each from the five categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel and Young Adult Romantic Novel.

The Category Shortlists
Listed in alphabetical order

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category is for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit, paranormal and romantic suspense.

Helen Chandler, Two for Joy, Hodder & Stoughton
Susan Elliot Wright, The Things We Never Said, Simon & Schuster
Veronica Henry, A Night On The Orient Express, Orion
Lisa J Hobman, Bridge Over The Atlantic, 5 Prince Publishing
Lisa Jewell, Before I Met You, Arrow
Pippa Wright, The Foster Husband, Pan

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.

Jessica Blair, The Road Beneath Me, Piatkus
Mary Fitzgerald, The Love Of A Lifetime, Arrow
Emma Fraser, When Dawn Breaks, Sphere
Kate Lord Brown, The Perfume Garden, Atlantic (Corvus)
Jennifer McVeigh, The Fever Tree, Penguin
Lucinda Riley, The Midnight Rose, Pan

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.

Charlotte Betts, The Painter’s Apprentice, Piatkus
Christina Courtenay, The Gilded Fan, Choc Lit
Liz Harris, A Bargain Struck, Choc Lit
Joanna Hickson, The Agincourt Bride, Harper Collins
Carol McGrath, The Handfasted Wife, Accent Press
Annie Murray, The Women Of Lilac Street, Pan

The Romantic Comedy Novel is for consistently humorous or amusing novels.

Jenny Colgan, Christmas At The Cupcake Café, Little, Brown
Jenny Colgan, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Little, Brown
Margaret James, The Wedding Diary, Choc Lit
Milly Johnson, It’s Raining Men, Simon and Schuster
Ali McNamara, Step Back In Time, Little, Brown
Fiona Walker, The Summer Wedding, Sphere

The Young Adult Romantic Novel features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults.

Liz Bankes, Irresistible, Piccadilly Press
Christina Courtney, New England Rocks, Choc Lit
Alex Gutteridge, Last Chance Angel, Templar Publishing.
Imogen Howson, Linked, Quercus
Marie-Louise Jensen, Smuggler’s Kiss, Oxford University Press
Beth Reekles, The Kissing Booth, Corgi

RoNA Rose Award – the finalists do not contest the Romantic Novel of the Year Award – recognises the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

Louise Allen, Forbidden Jewel of India, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Caroline Anderson, Snowed in with the Billionaire, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Liz Fielding, Anything But Vanilla, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Joanna Fulford, His Lady of Castlemora, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Kate Hardy, Bound by a Baby, Harlequin Mills & Boon
Kate Hardy, Her Real Family Christmas, Harlequin Mills & Boon

The 2014 RNA Awards will be announced and presented by Darcey Bussell on 17th March in the Reading and Writing Room of the Gladstone Library in London. Good luck and best wishes to all the authors nominated.