The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Book review - #1 New York Times Bestseller

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....

About the Author

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.

My Thoughts

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It wasn't my cup of tea but it was well written. It's a very easy read with very descriptive filler content which gives you a very crystal clear picture of what is happening.

The first 3/4 of the book nothing really happens, which didn't do well with my short attention span for books. The end was absolutely mind blowing, but it took a lot of patience to get there with a lot of quite boring content.

This book is highly recommended by a lot of people. Myself personally, I need something a little more exciting to keep me interested. Three stars.

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