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I'm an author and an award-nominated journalist at The Independent, based in New York.
My debut thriller THE QUIET TENANT will be published in 2023 by Knopf in the US and Little, Brown in the UK. Rights have sold in 30 territories. You can find out more about the book here.
I also wrote a novel in French, which was published in 2020. It's about a female bodybuilder tasked with managing her sister's bakery. Really, it's about bodies and the ways in which we try to feel at home in them. You can find out more about it here.
I studied political science and journalism at Sciences Po in Paris, as well as journalism at City, University of London, and I have an MS degree from Columbia Journalism School.
A pulse-pounding psychological thriller about a serial killer hiding in plain sight, narrated by the women in his life: his 13-year-old daughter, his girlfriend—and the one victim he has spared.
About The Quiet Tenant
Aidan Thomas is a hard-working family man and a respected member of his community. He’s also a kidnapper and serial killer who has murdered eight women. And there’s a ninth he has earmarked for death, a woman he’s renamed Rachel, imprisoned in a backyard shed fearing for her life.
When Aidan’s wife dies, he and his 13-year-old daughter Cecilia are forced to move. Aidan has no choice but to bring Rachel along, introducing her to Cecilia as a “family friend” who needs a place to stay. After five years of captivity, surely Rachel is too brainwashed to attempt to escape. But Rachel is a fighter and survivor, and recognizes Cecilia might just be the lifeline she has waited for all these years.
As Rachel tests the boundaries of her new living situation, she begins to form a tenuous connection with Cecilia. And when Emily, a local restaurant owner, develops a crush on the handsome widower, she finds herself drawn into Rachel and Cecilia’s orbit, too. Told through the perspectives of Rachel, Cecilia, and Emily, The Quiet Tenant explores the psychological impact of Aidan’s crimes on the women in his life–and the bonds between those women that give them the strength to fight back.
“Clémence Michallon has written a classic on her first try. The Quiet Tenant is a daring and completely satisfying . . . bravura feat of storytelling . . . Who in her right mind would attempt a novel utilizing the first, second, and third-person? And then have the skill to actually pull it off.” — James Patterson, #1 best-selling author
I'm a Senior People Writer at The Independent. Here are some pieces I've written on the job:
Welcome to the hot chef renaissance. It’s complicated
Their families insist they survived. Investigators doubt it. The enduring mystery of the three missing men of Alcatraz
DB Cooper hijacked a plane, stole a pile of cash, and vanished. Fifty years on, a ‘hero’ flight attendant speaks out
Natalie Wood’s sister insists her death wasn’t an accident – is it time we listened?
Amanda Knox is innocent – why won’t Hollywood let her disappear?
She had a ‘cool’ childhood babysitter. Four decades later, she learnt he was a serial killer
Serial killers, brutal murder and the rise of the podcast detectives
What happens when books inspire real-life violence?
In early 2019, I interviewed Liam Neeson. After the interview made global headlines, I wrote more about the way it unfolded. As a result of this interview, I was shortlisted for a British Journalism Award (Scoop of the Year) and for a National Press Award (Scoop: Popular Life).
A year later, in early 2020, I covered Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial on the ground in New York City. Here are some of the pieces I wrote during that time:
‘Listen to survivors’: Harvey Weinstein trial begins with protests, outrage and a call for respect
Tense, ferocious and historic: Inside the courtroom at Harvey Weinstein trial
We’re in this club we never wanted to be in’: Harvey Weinstein silence breakers find solidarity as trial rages on
Against all sexist odds, Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault. This is history
As he was sentenced to 23 years, Weinstein spoke about his case for the first time — and proved he'd learnt nothing
Why there’s no such thing as a perfect victim: What Harvey Weinstein’s trial taught us about sexual assault
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