Sunday, January 21, 2024

Five top island thrillers

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel, debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide. The rights have been sold in a record-breaking 51 countries, and the book has been optioned for film by Plan B. His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for television by Miramax Television and Stone Village.

Michaelides's new novel is The Fury.

At the Waterstones blog he tagged five of his favorite island thrillers, including:
The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith

This novel is set partly in Athens and also Crete – the Cretan section is particularly powerful, with a deadly visit to the Minoan ruin of Knossos, and the equally deadly love triangle between its central characters. It has been adapted for the screen twice – unsurprisingly, as Highsmith brings glamour, sexiness and her trademark duplicity to the island thriller. Her writing is never less than compelling and this is the perfect book to read on a Greek holiday.
Read about another entry on his list.

--Marshal Zeringue