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Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

silent patientAlicia’s 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 gum 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 spotlights 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.

Review

I was planning to rebel this year by avoiding new releases, especially the hyped ones. I also wasn’t keen on reading this particular title because I assumed that it would be set a psychiatric ward where nothing much would go on apart from therapy leading to some kind of shocking reveal. However, your reviews certainly got to me. After reading reviews by Nikola,Berit, Mack, Holly, Meggy and Inge, there’s no way I could resist this one.

Alicia is an artist accused of having killed her husband, Gabriel. Due to her refusal to talk, she ends up in a psych ward instead of a regular prison. Theo is a psychologist who seems fascinated by Alicia’s case. He is challenged to unlock the secrets behind her silence hence discover exactly how Gabriel died. His mission is not going to be easy.

I enjoyed the narrative style of this story. Theo is a great narrator and I liked getting to know him even as he worked with Alicia. I thought he was a sympathetic character especially due to his upbringing and other issues that came up in his adulthood. On the other hand, Alicia was a mystery. I was curious about her, why did she kill Gabriel?Did she really do it?Was she framed? Luckily, the author gave our silent patient a voice through her diary.

This story is suspenseful, fast-paced and quite unpredictable. I was only able to complete the puzzle in the final chapters. The twist was so good! The kind of stuff that makes one who doesn’t curse, inwardly utter a word that will never be said aloud. I enjoyed the twisty ride that Silent Patient ended up being.

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30 comments on “Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  1. So glad you got the chance to read it! Great review!

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      Thank you Nikola 🙂

  2. Shalini
    March 20, 2019

    Woohoo I loved the book too and had loads of fun ❤️

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      Its such an awesome read. Glad we both enjoyed it 🙂

  3. The twist, the motive, totally made sense in the end! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it so much, even though it’s a hyped novel and it’s a dangerous thing sometimes. Thanks for the mention too lovely!!

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      You’re welcome, Inge and yes, it all came together brilliantly. I haven’t always had much luck with hyped novels but I am glad this one was worth its reputation.

  4. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    March 20, 2019

    Hahaha so happy to enable my friends! Glad you enjoyed it and I know what you mean about hyped books! I was trying to avoid No Exit, but guess what? I recently picked it up! ❤

    • Diana
      March 21, 2019

      I haven’t heard of No Exit. Will wait for your review 🙂 I hope its worth the hype though. So glad I got to read this one.

      • Holly B / Dressedtoread
        March 21, 2019

        Yay, I love to hear that ❤

  5. jennifertarheelreader
    March 20, 2019

    This sounds fab, Diana! I’ve seen mostly glowing reviews of this one! Wonderful review, and I’ll definitely have to make sure I read it!

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      Thanks Jenn.Its worth checking out if you get the chance.

  6. Tina Woodbury
    March 20, 2019

    Starting this one today!!

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      You are in for a treat.I hope you’ll like it 🙂 Happy reading.

  7. Love your review! This was such a good one!💕

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      Thank you Berit. Glad I got to read your reviews.Y’all convinced me not to let this one pass me by.

  8. ChrissiReads
    March 20, 2019

    An excellent review! 🙂 I loved this book.

    • Diana
      March 20, 2019

      Thank you.Glad we enjoyed this one 🙂

  9. Yvo
    March 21, 2019

    Fantastic review! I can’t wait to read The Silent Patient myself as it sounds absolutely fantastic.

    • Diana
      March 21, 2019

      Thank you Yvo. I hope you will get the chance to do so. The book is certainly worth all the hype.

  10. Norrie
    March 21, 2019

    Can’t wait to read it! Great review and glad to hear you also enjoyed it 😀
    I had very similar sentiment to you and wanted to prioritize older books i already have. But then of course this book happened, so i got a copy as well, hehe 😀

    • Diana
      March 21, 2019

      haha, I think this is worth breaking our resolve on reading older books. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did, Norrie. Thank you.

  11. You’re a terrible rebel, haha! I am glad we made you change your mind and that you ended up enjoying this book! I found it so intense!

    • Diana
      March 23, 2019

      Haha I can’t deny it,rebelling against this one was pointless. Glad y’all convinced me to read it.

  12. deesradreadsandreviews
    March 27, 2019

    I’ve been holding off on this one too. But like you said there have been a lot of great reviews and now after reading your review, I’ve even more intrigued! I think I’m going to have to read this sooner than I thought!
    Great review!! 🙂 ❤

    • Diana
      March 27, 2019

      Thanks Deanna. I can’t wait for you to read it. I think you’d also enjoy it 🙂

  13. carhicks
    April 3, 2019

    Isn’t it wonderful when you are not sure if you want to read a book, but the book bloggers you follow do such a great job with their reviews you can’t resist AND it turns out you love it. Great review Diana. I have this one to read as well.

    • Diana
      April 4, 2019

      That is always such a treat. No wonder I love this community so much. This was such a brilliant read that deserves all the hype. I hope that you will love it as much as I did. Thanks Carla 🙂

      • carhicks
        April 4, 2019

        You are absolutely right Diana. I love the blogging community for so many reasons, that being one of the big ones. Have a great day.

  14. Cozynookbks
    May 1, 2019

    Many share your opinion about this book, Diana. It’s on my tbr. because of the great reviews. I hope to get to read it at some point. Great review!!

    • Diana
      May 2, 2019

      Thanks Laurie. I hope you will enjoy it when you get the chance to read it 🙂

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