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The Silent Patient-Book review

The Silent Patient-Book review

Book: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Psychological thriller


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..


That was a definite page turner! I finished reading it under one day, and the fact that it is small, around 200 pages is a plus!

The plot line with patient going mute after a tragedy, was new.
I never would have guessed the ending, i was leaning towards many characters, and even felt the protagonist was innocent, and sometimes not.
I did not get why Theo's life was being told with such detail,then it came tying together.
Though i wasn't sure, i never thought of the twist, that came right at the end!
Great read.
Definitely recommended for people who love thrillers.


“...we often mistake love for fireworks - for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm - and constant.”

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