Book Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth? 

My Thoughts

I’m not sure if it was the cover, or the title, or the fact that everyone seemed to love it, but when I found a copy of this book sitting alone on the shelf in the library, I grabbed it before anyone else could.

I wanted this book to mess with my brain. I wanted it to be one of my best reads of this year. I wanted to know what the hype was about. I wanted it to not disappoint at all. And this book lived up to all my expectations.

The Silent Patient is the story of Alicia Berenson, who kills her husband one night, and never speaks again. Theo Faber, a psychotherapist, who has always been interested in Alicia’s case finally gets a chance to work on it. And he is determined to get her to speak.

This book is so good, I won’t forget it in a million years.

This psychological thriller is intricately plotted and doesn’t fail to surprise the readers. The story is told from two POVs—Theo’s and Alicia’s (through her journal). And it takes us in the minds of a criminal and a psychotherapist, who are more or less equally messed up.

There were some parts that made me depressed, and it was hard to continue reading it, but I still wanted to keep reading it. The last thirty percent of the book is the best part, and a torrent of confusing emotions hit me at once while reading it. I was angry, relieved, incredulous and amazed at the same time, and I felt like I needed to talk to someone about it. The twist shocked me, and took a lot of time to sink in.

All in all, this book was a great read, and I’d love to see it turned into a movie soon. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, just go for it. You won’t regret!

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