The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Book - 2019
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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...
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250301697
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm


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JCLKelseyR Jun 22, 2020

This was a great novel. Well written and suspenseful, keeps the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat.

Jun 22, 2020

"Her silence was like a mirror - reflecting yourself back at you. And it was often an ugly sight."
When Theo Faber, criminal psychotherapist, takes a new job at The Grove, he is well aware of their most famous patient, Alicia Berenson. The woman caught red-handed after killing her husband and who has remained silent since.
In fact, Theo's goal is to work with her, to see if he can get her to reveal what really happened on the night her husband was killed. He's not sure he believes the official story. Through Theo's perspective, his investigation, and Alicia's own diary entries, the reader is brought along on a hair-raising mystery that is not for the faint of heart. The use of the diary entries, paired with Theo's investigations, made for a perfectly paced reveal! Did Alicia kill her husband, as all the evidence suggests? If so, what was her motive? Why hasn’t she uttered a single word in all these years? This is a compelling mystery. Alicia an enigma, to be sure. This is unsettling enough on its own merits. Was the twist good and unexpected? Yes. Did you have to suspend your disbelief a bit to make it work in your head? Yes.

Jun 20, 2020

worth reading! a little convoluted toward the end but, its a fiction story after all!

Jun 13, 2020

Why is this such a popular book? It's... terrible. I kept reading, thinking surely if people are so hot for it, there's a reason. But for the life of me I can't imagine what it is. I should've known better, I suppose. After all, Eat, Pray, Love was also wildly popular, and it was the most self-aggrandizing piece of narcissistic crap I've ever read.

Jun 07, 2020

The story doesn't disappoint. There are several surprises and twists, especially at the end. The silent patient refers to a woman who, accused of having murdered her husband, stops talking and is interned in a mental institute. A psychiatrist tries to help her speak again and tell the world her side of the story. He is successful but with consequences that he doesn't expect, or does he? To say more would mean to spoil the plot, so I will stop here. Overall I liked the story and the only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the style, that for me was to slow and a bit boring at times. Ah, by the way, don't forge to look up who the mythological figure mentioned in the book is. It helps understanding Alice's behavior.

Jun 05, 2020

For the genre it was well written and had just enough twists. Would recommend and look forward to his second novel.

Jun 02, 2020

When I was half way through I realized I had read this before,in hard cover, but didn't remember it. Which pretty well sums up the book. Not one to be remembered.

May 14, 2020

I found myself looking forward to time of day where I could pick this back up to read more. The characters were interesting, I was fascinated on where the story would go next- the ending even surprised me which is not easy to do. I look forward to what Alex Michaelides puts out in the future and would recommend the read to friends.

May 06, 2020

This book was on Jimmy Fallon's summer read list. Gave it a go and thought it was an okay read.

Apr 27, 2020

One of the worst books I've read in a long time. The only reason I read, and finished it, was for a book club. Otherwise, I would have quit at chapter 2.

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