The Silent Patient – Book Review

The Silent Patient – 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….

So in September of 2020 I joined a book club, my first book club ever and this is the first book that we read for it (for the month of October). At first I was uncertain if I would enjoy being in a book club, mainly because I didn’t know if I would be able to keep up with all the book readings or not. Well I haven’t fallen behind yet I am proud to say! This book was definitely a great choice for our first book, I absolutely LOVED it.

This is Alex Michaelides’ first novel, his second is due out this year which is VERY exciting and I can’t wait to read it! The Silent Patient kept me hooked from beginning to end, it only took me a week and a half to read which is extremely fast for me, although it seems now that I am in the book club, I make so much time to read that I average about two weeks for each novel we read.

If you like thrillers, you’ll like this one, especially if you like a nice plot twist. I was so captivated the whole time which was nice since I don’t really enjoy when books drag on and on. I love a good thriller, and if you do too, you should definitely read this book. I am so excited to read Alex Michaelides’s next book, you have no idea! I tell everyone about this book and how good it is so hopefully we can read it in book club or I’ll read it on my own I don’t care but I know it will be just as good!

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