Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

August 8, 2020

My Rating: 8/10

I finally got around to reading one of 2019’s top thriller books. Shamefully, I must admit that when this book was first published I judged it by its cover and it was not something that caught my eye. Finally, last week when hunting for a new read, I came across this The Silent Patient again and decided to give it a try, and I am so glad I did. I can see now why it was, and still is, such a popular read. It is one of those reads that keeps you guessing and questioning every character, but I bet you won’t guess how it ends.

Alicia Berenson is a renowned painter, her husband a distinguished fashion photographer. Together they live in a magnificent home overlooking one of the most beautiful areas in London. One evening Alicia’s husband, Gabriel, gets home from work very late. He walks into his home only to be shot five times by none other than Alicia herself. Or was it? No one has any answers because Alicia has not spoken a single word since. She is completely silent. Many have tried to get her to speak, but criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber believes he can be the one to crack Alicia’s mind wide open. His dedication is borderline obsessive, making you wonder...why does he want Alicia to talk so badly, after all these years?

This book carries on as if the two protagonists' lives are parallel, when in fact they are entwined in a crazy twist that you won’t discover until the very end, and it will leave you with your jaw dropped. Alex Michaelides did a phenomenal job on his debut novel, creating a fan base that already wants more books just like The Silent Patient.

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