2006, Berlin. The once-divided city still holds its share of secrets.
Melanie Joosten works at the National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne. Her debut novel, Berlin Syndrome, saw her named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and receive the Kathleen Mitchell Award; it is currently being made into a motion picture directed by Cate Shortland. Melanie holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Social Work. Her work appears in various publications, including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Best Australian Stories 2014, and Going Down Swinging.
"Berlin Syndrome is a compelling literary thriller."
--Australian Book Review
"A courageous and exciting debut...Berlin Syndrome is an
intelligent novel, and Joosten is masterful in her descriptions of
the loneliness that can be found both in a foreign city full of
strangers and in an apartment shared by two people."
--Eloise Keating, Bookseller & Publisher
"Berlin Syndrome is a beguiling psychological dance."
"In language that's hypnotic and sparse, Joosten's remarkable
first novel demands to be guzzled in one sitting."
"Begs to be guzzled in one sitting."
"This gripping psycho-thriller has put the talented Melbourne
writer on our radar big time."
"Joosten's debut novel is a taut and intimate psychological
thriller...an unflinching examination of power dynamics in a
"[Joosten's] frank evocative depiction of what happens when
loneliness and obsession collide makes for a striking debut
--North & South magazine
"Startling yet understated...Joosten writes with authority
and restraint, uncommon attributes for a first-time novelist."
--Patrick Allington, SA Weekend magazine
"A gripping, well-written, undisputedly strong novel."
--Louise Swinn, Saturday Age
"Elegantly written, especially difficult given the subject
"A psychological thriller of the highest order, this is a
strong first showing. More, please."
--Sunday Herald Sun
"A true psychological thriller."
"[A] haunting debut novel."
--Sydney Morning Herald
"An impressive debut."
"Capture[s] the psychodynamics of a generation that is
just emerging into its own on the page. I look forward to seeing
what she does next."
"Joosten excavates the psychology of captivity--its fear,
smells, delusions and helplessness--in relentless detail and with