Author: Dr. Elena Mikalsen

I am a Clinical Psychologist and a novelist.

Book Tour

The House by the Cypress Trees start the blog and Instagram tour on 8/26/19. For the full schedule, please see Suzy Approved Book Tours

Book Spotlight: THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin

MY REVIEW The story pulls you in, keeps you trapped and on the edge of your seat (on in my case–in my bed, up all night). The setting is an elevator inside an empty luxury tower, the characters are investment bankers who are forced to solve clues and look into their pasts. What could go wrong? Highly entertaining, well-written, and…

Book Spotlight: THE EAST END by Jason Allen

If only he could write as he saw things, maybe this place wouldn’t be so bad, though each time he’d put pen to paper and tried to describe these solo hours at the ocean, or anything else, the words remained trapped behind locked doors deep inside his head. Sitting on his heels, he reached up and pressed the faint bruise below his right eye, recalling the fight last weekend with that kid from North Sea and how each of them had been so quick to throw punches…

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I have just finished this fantastic book and I strongly recommend it not only as a great work of fiction but also for people who are looking for books about mental illness. This book impressed me on many levels. The language is witty, intelligent, and emotionally-charged. The charming, and adorable main characters are brought to life on every page. The…

The Heavens by Sandra Newman

I recently reviewed this incredible novel for The Washington Independent Review of Books. You can read the review here.

On Bullying and Cyberbullying

My Child Is Being Bullied. What Should I Do? There are more and more stories from children and media about bullying in the schools. Finding out that your child is being bullied is frightening and you may wonder how much to worry and what to do to help your child. Here are some basic tips on what we know about…