Silent Patient, The

Alex Michaelides
"That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing--I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later--it's now 5:47 a.m.--I've finished it, absolutely dazzled." --A. J. Finn, #1New York Times bestselling author ofThe Woman in the Window Promising to bethedebut novel of the seasonThe Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband--and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive... 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....


Reviewed: 2021-07-05
Just okay, but SUCH a fast read. Well paced for this kind of story. But the story itself was weak and the journal-writing from Alicia's perspective was totally whack. Glad I called the twist early-ish, and overall it was a good one? I think there was a lot of wasted time with building the "I'm afraid of X" in her journal, if it didn't matter to the narrative or we got no resolution.
Reviewed: 2021-03-16
I hated Theo. Very self-centered, annoying. Violated SO many patient confidentiality rules, but maybe that's because it is based in UK versus USA? I did like the warped time line but most of the plot was just a mess to me.
Reviewed: 2020-11-07
This book was a let down. The plot twist was pretty foreseeable, and none of the characters are ever fully developed.
Reviewed: 2020-04-24
Still deciding what I think about this one.
Reviewed: 2019-07-15
Still deciding what I think about this one.
Reviewed: 2019-07-08
Slow starter and slow pacing, but it will keep you interested in in the plot and keep you wondering until the end of the story if Alicia Berenson killed her husband or not.
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