Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Original Publication Date: February 05, 2019
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: “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….”
*No spoilers below.
At first, I almost put this book down but, something told me to pick it back up. Once I got through the psychotherapist jargon, which took up the first 15-20%, I was invested and hooked on every word. I rapidly devoured each chapter, never getting lost or needing to backtrack; it was so well-written.
The main characters, Alicia and Theo, were both thoroughly fleshed out to the point I felt like I actually knew them personally. There were tons of other characters to keep track of, too, but, they were all given such distinct, easy to remember personalities. I enjoyed learning more about each one.
Sadly, the ending disappointed me. While all of the twists and turns being slowly revealed truly knocked me out of my chair, I couldn’t help but, wish for more. The last chapter was extremely rushed and I still have too many questions!
Dates Read: Nov. 11-Nov. 19, 2019
My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
“We’re all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.”
“I was aware how lucky, how incredibly fortunate I was to have such love, how rare it was, and how others weren’t so lucky.”
“Her silence was like a mirror–reflecting yourself back at you. And it was often an ugly sight.”
“One of the hardest things to admit is that we weren’t loved when we needed it most. It’s a terrible feeling, the pain of not being loved.”
“Love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.”