The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master,” says the BBC.

First-time author Alex Michaelides’ novel which landed #1 on The New York Times best-seller list in its first week is the debut book for Celadon, a new imprint of Macmillan.

Says Roxanne “I knew it was going to be a wild and riveting ride from the opening sentence, ‘Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.’”

We then learn that Alicia, a well-known painter kills her famous photographer husband Gabriel. Alicia then goes and remains silent through her arrest, trial and ultimate institutionalization at The Grove, a facility for the criminally insane. Enter a psychotherapist named Theo Faber who is obsessed with her case and manages to get a job at The Grove with the hope of uncovering her motive.

Michaelides joined Roxanne to talk about the thriller that has already been optioned for film by Annapurna and Plan B. The labels have already produced “If Beale Street Could Talk”, an Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel.

If you missed Roxanne’s conversation with Celdaon founders Jamie Rabb and Deb Futter you can listen to it here!

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