Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis

Published in 2019 by Orion Books, a Hachette UK Company

Genre: Mystery, Thriller Fiction.

Page Count: 341

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:
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 Review:

You know you hear about a book and are instantly intrigued and determined that you’ll read it sooner rather than later? Well, this was me with The Silent Patient (and 99% of my unread books if I’m honest), but okay wow I just have finished this book and i just can’t! I was hooked right from the get go and couldn’t put it down! That was beyond thrilling!!

I was instantly captivated by the unique method of storytelling here, from initially Alicia’s POV – commencing work in a diary, a new project she promised her husband she would try, not knowing if she’d secretly stick with it, but initially she gives us a taste of her dark thoughts! There’s definitely more to her than meets the eye and I was instantly intrigued by her character and couldn’t wait to read more of her thoughts!

We then meet Theo, who is a psychotherapist, determined to care and treat Alicia, always wanting to help people – give an ear to those who have remained unheard! See, everyone at The Grove, where Alicia currently is being held, had tried to coherse her into speaking, having sent herself in a seemingly mute state after supposedly killing her husband, but to no avail! It’s only when Theo is hired to work for The Grove that Alicia’s walls slowly show signs of cracking….

The writing was utterly flawless! As I’d mentioned, I was absolutely hooked right from the get go, and the navigating between Theo and Alicia’s POV’s were effortless and brilliantly effective! I did not know what to think, except how dark this book could get! Even though the premise is quite dark and grizzly in itself, the author rather brilliantly takes the reader inside the minds of both characters – Alicia, haunted by someone watching her (or is she imagining it?!) to Theo, who finds out a rather horrible secret his own wife has been keeping from him! It’s at this point where things unknowingly begin to intersect and even though I had the tiniest of hunches, I never envisioned that I would be right! The twists and turns throughout were utterly phenomenal!

I’m still reeling as I write this! These two characters were so vividly conveyed across the page, I felt like throughout this book that they were so real! I felt like I had been in their minds and everything! For Theo, he spoke about how he dabbled with a marijuana addiction he still maintains to this day, a comfort that stemmed from his teen years, he talks candidly about his abusive father, warmly about his first psychiatrist, Ruth, a friendship he maintains to this day too, everything about him was just so fascinating!! And the same with Alicia, such an intricate puzzle of a character but yet so addictive and definitely left me wanting to know more about her! Wow!

Everyone absolutely must read this book, it’s definitely worth the hype in my opinion, definitely one of the very best thrillers I’ve read in some time!! I’ll leave it there, but do absolutely pick this book up!!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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