The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides (Review)

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…

Goodreads Page – The Silent Patient

I don’t know where to start. This book was so good. I started reading it last August, and I don’t remember what tore me away from it, but I am so glad that I picked it back up. I ended up finishing it in a day.

The story follows a few timelines and comes from a few different points of view, but it’s very easy to follow. We follow Theo through his life and his treatment of Alicia, and we follow Alicia in the weeks leading up to the murder of her husband via her journal.

I was on the edge of my seat by the time I got to the final chapters, and that ending blew me away. I NEVER saw that coming. I definitely recommend this to any fan of the psychological thriller/mystery genre.

I give this book 4.5 stars.

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