Book Review: THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides


Format: Advance Digital Review copy

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Celadon Books

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Publication Date: 7th February 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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….”

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My Thoughts & Review

I won’t be going into too much detail about this book as I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

But what I will say is Wow!!! What a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this book, it was a great psychological thriller. Every time I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I really wanted to find out about what happened between Alicia and her husband.

I thought the book was so well written and the pacing was spot on for me. Machaelides got the balance of having just the right amount of action and suspense to keep you wanting more.

I loved the characters, they were interesting and I didn’t know who trust. I really liked how we get to learn about Alicia through the diary extracts that are included as well as learning about Theo as the plot unfolds.

The shocking twist at the end of the book was brilliant wasn’t expecting that at all, I still can’t believe how wrong I was.

A fantastic debut novel by Alex Michaelides, which I recommend to every to read if you haven’t already.  Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Orion for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating



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