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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides | A Debut Novel!

Title: The Silent Patient

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Author: Alex Michaelides

Genre: Fiction/Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Caledon Books

Publication date: February 5, 2019

Page #: 336

Star rating: 4 out of 5.

Back Cover Copy:

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller

“An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”

Entertainment Weekly

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

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:

The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller with twists and turns I didn’t see coming, the perfect debut novel. Alicia is a painter married to her fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. Alicia and Gabriel seem to have it all, until violence erupts in their relationship, and Gabriel ends up dead. Theo is the psychologist Hell bent on getting the truth out of Alicia – the silent patient. This is a really great read if you’re interested in a story that will keep you guessing until the end!

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