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Book Review – The Silent Patient

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Hello Booklover. Okay, hold the phone! What? What just happened? I have to reread those few sentences. Oh MY GAWD, it is happening and it’s AWESOME! I don’t want to give any more away, but that’s how excited I am about that twisty turn in The Silent Patient! Read my review below.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I give this book a solid 4/5 stars. I admit, it kind of started off a bit slow for me, but I also understand that that was the mood of the book. It’s kind of dark, a bit moody and so, I suppose going in, because of all the hype, I was expecting more action. Now, don’t get me wrong, the slowness at first was still excellent writing, I guess it just wasn’t what I was anticipating.

I read this book WAY after it was popular and had intended on reading it much sooner, but it just didn’t work out that way. So, if you follow the book world like I do, which I’m sure you do, you’ll remember how popular and highly spoken of this book was at the time. Because of that, I guess I went in expecting every sentence to blow my mind which sometimes can happen if you read a book that has a lot of hype. So, with that said, yes, the beginning and middle were a wee bit slower than I expected, but still very good. I still enjoyed it and the characters were developed well. The mystery was unfolding and I found myself trying to figure out what really happened.

But THEN! OH EM GEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I can’t even. I REALLY don’t want to give anything away and I’m afraid that I’ve already told you about a twist so you’ll be looking for one, but rest assured, I knew there was a twist before reading it too and I still didn’t see it coming. It was FANTASTIC and oh so clever! Hats off to Alex Michaelides for delivering quite the jaw-dropping punch. Thank you for the great ride!!! So, do I recommend this book? Heck yes! If you are one of the last people on earth like I was who hasn’t read it yet, then yes, I definitely recommend you get your hands on a copy and read it pronto!

Publisher’s Description:

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….

Have you read The Silent Patient?

Have you read The Silent Patient yet? What did you think of it? I would love to hear what you thought of it, so if you’ve read it, drop a comment below to let me know!

Well, that’s it for now booklover, until next time.

And remember, there’s always time to finish the page.


Robin xo

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