THE SILENT PATIENT - ALEX MICHAELIDES

 

Title: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaeldes

Published: February 2019

Genres: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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 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...

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This one was neither here nor there for me. An even list of pros and cons (hence the 3 star rating). It was a quick read with short chapters and fairly uncomplex language and dialogue 👌🏼. Whilst I can appreciate a “mystery”, I felt it was a double edged sword in this book. The mystery was majorly wrapped up in the characters’ identities, meaning it was difficult for the reader to gauge who they were or empathise until everything was revealed at the VERY end. Of course it kept it compelling and exciting, but at the same time considerably surface level. I didn’t guess the ending, and although I thought it wrapped too quickly (almost as if the author was about to hit their page limit??) boy was that revelation MIND BLOWING. The storyline and central characters were pretty twisted and at times it was hard to swallow. I also thought there were perhaps too many irrelevant characters introduced. Overall, I thought it was good, but a little far-fetched. Hype is a dangerous thing!

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

GUYS I AM SHOOK! AND officially on board the thriller train, heading express to obsessedville. This was a fantastic read, it chewed me up and then at the end, spat me out because I (maybe unlike some) did NOT see it coming. Who can get Alicia, the silent patient to talk? Years after she murdered her husband, no one has been able to. Theo knows he is the only one who can, and the only one who can can find out what happened, and why she did it. Theo is (quite frankly) a hot mess, Alicia is a troubled soul, and their character combination is complex and captivating. I enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to read but still had so much depth, which we ALL know is hard to find. Whilst it did start off a bit shaky in my opinion, the novel as it progressed found its ground, and built a solid foundation of mystery, curiosity and an insight into the method behind the madness. Until it shatters, but in a totally compelling and “what just happened” kind of way. Overall, a brilliant novel. Kudos to you, Alex Michaelides!

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