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Book Review: The Silent Patient


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides– Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: This was an unputdownable psychological thriller for me. I stayed up way too late trying to finish it. It’s rare that a thriller truly stumps me until the end but this one did. I could not figure out what had happened. When all was finally revealed I was shocked! Even reflecting back on the story in hindsight I still wouldn’t see it coming! The characters were compelling and the mystery was dark. The story was told in a way that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. It was fast paced and I didn’t feel like there were any loose ends that weren’t wrapped up. I’m struggling with how much to say because you really should go into this one blind. Just know that it’s definitely worth the read if you like dark mystery or psychological thrillers. 


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