Book Review: The Silent Patient

Book Review: The Silent PatientThe Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
on February 5, 2019
Pages: 336
Published by Celadon Books

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....

My Takeaway

When I read the first few chapters of The Silent Patient, I was hooked! It seemed like the type of thriller I tend to enjoy. I had high (high) hopes for this book and was sadly disappointed. Although I enjoyed Michaelides writing, I felt the story dragged too much and too long. Towards the end, there was a bit too much fluff and I found myself losing interest. There were also some details which bothered me (like Alicia’s diary – who writes dialogue in their diaries?). And though the twist was unexpected it wasn’t as interesting or surprising as I would have wanted. However, please do not let this discourage you from reading it – especially if it’s already in your to be read list/pile.

Thank you to Bookish First and Celadon Books for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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