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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 As you will see it’s an incredible story—of that there is no doubt Whether you believe it or n

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The Silent Patient

Never speaks another wordAlicia’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 se She tied her husband to a chairShe shot him multiple timesShe slit her own wristsShe waited for th

Alex Michaelides ¸ 6 Summary

Cure forensic unit in North LondonTheo 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 hi The beginning hooked me in because I was intrigued to learn about Alicia's story how her husband w


10 thoughts on “The Silent Patient

  1. says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery Thriller WinnerI feel like I should preface my review by stating that I have read A LOT of psychological thrillers and coupling that with the fact that this was my most anticipated read of 2019 gave The Silent Patient a great deal of pressure This will still be an overall positive review but I felt I had to include some honest thoughts here as well for those readers who may need their expectations in line like I clearly did The premise here is simply incredible; we have a woman named Alicia Berenson who is accused of murdering her husband and proceeds to clam up and keep uiet for the following six years living during this time in a mental care facility called The Grove for highly dangerous folks Enter Theo Faber psychotherapist extraordinaire and flawed individual He already has a respectable job elsewhere but decides to transfer over to The Grove even though it is a sinking ship because he is obsessed with Alicia and solving the mystery behind why she murdered her husband Along the way we get snippets into Alicia's diary leading up to the murder alongside of Theo's POV I can't really give you anything than this because this is a novel that depends on you being fooled by the twist You know the big twist the one where every blurb on the cover and every early review gives you a heads up and perhaps that was part of the issue here for me It seems these types of books that pull the wool over your eyes and take you by surprise are best enjoyed before anyone else has had a chance to read them Let's come back around to the fact that I've been reading mysteries thrillers and suspense novels for decades way before Gone Girl was written and these domestic dramas with tricky slight of hand became all the rage If you are new ish to the psych thriller scene and you whole heartedly enjoyed recent novels such as The Woman In The Window you will adore this It was a well written compulsive slow burning build up to an explosive ending Structurally it had everything you could ask for as it was well researched engaging and the perfect length of includes what we need without being overly winded Unfortunately I've seen this particular twist done numerous times so I was clued in fairly early to what the big twist would be and without spoiling or giving anything away the lay out of the narrative in the second half of the novel is what fully clued me in because it was too neat and tidy to end any other way I will say that I was so satisfied and pleased with the way the author chose to close out the final chapter and regardless of being surprised by the twist or not it was a classic wrap up that will stand the test of time over the years I think I'm going to wrap it up here and please don't let my 3 star rating dissuade you from giving this one a try Michaelides is talented and his writing is gripping and keeps you turning the pages regardless of the big twist I would be honored to read his next novel and will most certainly look for his name in the future In the meantime I have found so much in this novel worth discussing from the portrayal of mental health care to the inner workings of various marriages and think this will make a great winter book club choice for readers around the globe Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley


  2. says:

    As you will see it’s an incredible story—of that there is no doubt Whether you believe it or not is up to you Ohhhh I see why this book is getting so much buzz it is virtually unputdownableI didn't actually have any plans to read The Silent Patient I just happened to see it hanging around in the new releases took a uick peek and thought why not? Well I'll tell you why not You absolutely definitely should NOT read this book if you want to go to sleep and get up for real life stuff in the morning I read this until my eyes were like nope and closed on their ownIt's very compelling A psychotherapist called Theo Faber narrates the story and he announces early on that he's pretty fucked up He worms his way into a new job at the Grove mental health facility because of his fascination with the artist Alicia Berenson who murdered her husband in an open and shut case and hasn't spoken a word since But let us not forget that while Alicia Berenson may be a murderer she was also an artist Theo finds himself connecting with Alicia and feeling a desperate need to figure out why she did it And what's he wants to figure out why she is silent What can't she say? What won't she say? The he digs into her life her family and her past the deeper in he gets It's a fast paced ride with short punchy chapters oh how easy it is to think just one chapter The story has so many threads and little surprises to uncover More uestions arise at every turn And even those who work out the main aspect of the mystery will probably still enjoy the journey of finding out why and all the little shocking discoveries made along the wayIt is true that those who have read a number of twisty mysteries will likely guess the truth but I think there's enough goodness here to make it enjoyable anyway Or it was for me at least Full of thrills artistic metaphor twists and Greek tragedyBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  3. says:

    Wow I'm still reeling from that ending A mindblowing to die for twist A fast read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end although the shocker came at the end Waitwaitwhat just happened? This was how I felt as a read the last few chaptersAlicia Berenson is such a mysterious intriguing character and I was trying to figure her out the entire novel  I kept asking myself What is up with Alicia?She is a famous talented painter and happily married to her husband Gabriel They live in London and have a cozy lifeWhy would Alicia murder him and then never speak again? You want to know right? Well I did and couldn't stop reading until I found out It is the feeling you have when you  just have to know why The novel is narrated by Alicia's psychotherapist Theo Faber  He is determined to fix Alicia   I was so invested in learning what the circumstances of Alicia's silence was and had to find out if Theo could save her  Would she ever speak again?  READ IT NOW to find outI wasn't going to read this one and then reuested it on NG and I'm really glad I did  As you can tell I really enjoyed it Sure to be a 2019 FAVORITE Thanks to Celadon NG for my arc Book is out in Feb 2019 Review posted to blog


  4. says:

    25 This was a solid meh for meI was excited to pick up this psychological thriller because it has been getting some hype but it was a disappointment Didn't care much for the characters the twist was so obvious the writing just okay The only redeeming uality was the audiobook which made it possible for me to finish this bookUnless you never read thrillers I don't think it's worth it


  5. says:

    I'm annoyed


  6. says:

    She tied her husband to a chairShe shot him multiple timesShe slit her own wristsShe waited for the police to arriveAt least that's what THEY say she did Alicia Berenson isn't SAYING anything When Theo Faber Criminal Psychotherapist takes a new job at The Grove he is well aware of their most infamous patient Alicia Berenson The woman caught red handed after killing her husband and who has remained silent sinceIn fact Theo's goal is to work with Alicia He yearns to get her to reveal what really happened on the night her husband was killed as he's not sold on the official storyThrough Theo's perspective his investigation and Alicia's own diary entries the Reader is brought along on a hair raising mystery that is not for the faint of heartGuys I absolutely loved this book This is the type of Thriller that I really enjoy sinking my teeth into The use of the diary entries paired with Theo's investigations made for a perfectly paced revealMichaelides is definitely an author to watch I for one cannot wait to see what he comes up with next Highly recommend


  7. says:

    I gotta stop rating books immediately after I read them and then lower the rating after I process them in detail in my mind and find tons of plot holes


  8. says:

    This book starts off really strong with a great premise intriguing and mysterious right away the writing is even pretty strong in the beginning but somewhere along the way it all seemed to fall apart for me I felt like the author was so determined to deliver the big ‘twist’ that he lost sight of the actual plot It just gets so convoluted and meandering and I couldn’t really follow what actually happened from what was meant to be the lies and fantasy of some characters The author also spends an awful lot of the book having the main character Theo ‘investigate’ Alicia’s family members the cousin the aunt the brother in law her gallery manager and each of them is made to seem weird untrustworthy and in some cases outright creepy but all of it ends up just feeling like a cheap trick because nothing comes of any of them Like for example the plot about the brother in law assaulting her or the cousin borrowing money none of those things are resolved and it just feels like a lazy way for the author to point our suspicions in the wrong direction while leaving frustrating loose ends everywhere I mean you can make any character seem suspicious and create false suspense very easily if you have no obligation to deliver any resolutions In the author’s single uest to deliver the big ‘twist’ he also left big holes in the plot and expected us to overlook implausible things like one small but obvious thing at the start of the book Theo’s belongings are searched by ‘security’ before entering the hospital and he is specifically told he can’t have any lighters for “obvious reasons” can’t have any of the psychiatric patients getting their hands on a way to start fires now the author didn’t need to mention this in the story he could have lost this scene and not drawn attention to the fact that Theo was not allowed to bring in a lighter not sure why it was even a point?? but then through out the book the characters smoke cigars and cigarettes in the hospital how do they light them?? They all carry matches I assume? Are matches any less likely to start a fire?? There were SO MANY eye rolling moments through out the book like that one and far worse So many times we as readers were expected to buy into implausible actions by characters like Alicia’s cousin beating Theo over the head with a baseball bat and knocking him out because he thought he was an intruder in his yard not even his house and then not to mention Theo feeling fine and not needing any medical attention?? or just overlook unbelievable scenarios like Theo following his wife’s lover for miles and never once actually seeing his face?? When the police investigate the scene of Alicia’s husband’s death how do they not find the rope and wire that was used to tie up Alicia? And Who has enough rope and wire just lying around in their house to tie up two adults anyway? And another doozy Theo injects Alicia with enough morphine to put her in a coma for the rest of her life but she has time to find a pen and diary and write a very lucid long entry explaining Theo’s role in everything? Besides the fact that she would be completely out of it and totally incapable of writing even if she could why wouldn’t she I don’t know go get help because you’ve just been injected with a lethal dose of morphine instead of writing a short story?? And then with a lethal amount of morphine coursing through her blood stream she takes the time to hide her diary in a picture frame? Seriously? It’s almost funnyAnd what about Alicia’s silence?? The mystery at the heart of the book in the very title itself The big reveal the big answer shrouded in suspense and mystery the reason she didn’t talk was because she felt she had nothing to say??? Because she felt like she was dead too?? Wait what? Seriously? She’s been accused of murdering her husband while the man who stalks her breaks in to her home ties her up and threatens to kill her later shows up as her therapist while she allows her other therapist to continue drugging her with “horse dosage” amounts of sedatives but oh well silence for years and years because she felt dead and had nothing to say?? And she stays silent mind you while she still manages to hide her diary?? We can only assume she goes to extreme measures to keep the police from ever finding it? Even though they walk in right after the murder while she’s still holding the smoking gun I guess they gave her time to gather her things and somehow hide a diary down her pants while she was brought to prison?? Not to mention how no one found it when she was transferred to the mental hospital? Why go to so much trouble to hide a diary if you feel like you’re dead and you have nothing to say? Giant eye rollI’m sorry this book just asks too much of the reader this ‘twist’ has been done many times before and it only works and still very poorly if you overlook all the giant plot holes and ridiculous scenarios


  9. says:

    The beginning hooked me in because I was intrigued to learn about Alicia's story how her husband was murdered and why she chose to remain silent However the book ended up bordering as a cheesy murder mystery with the main character acting like a white knight detective who would uestion a bunch of cartoonish side characters that just outright admit their motivations or feelings about Alicia The twist was interesting but a bit shaky I think it could have been built up in a believable way


  10. says:

    5 shining stars We finally have a winner It’s really page turner meticulously developed smartly written book I liked the final twist and ending of the book Did my spider sense catch it? In the middle I was suspicious something was wrong but it well played and fooled me once Shame on meThis is a successful debut novel with different writing techniue It may be sensed that the writer also works for big screen Fast moving pace twisty edgy tricks reminded me of “Gothika” “AHS Asylum”movies landed on Hitchcockian suspicious dubious atmosphere Mind games confuse the hell of you and surprises punching your face There is a character is uite deserved my biggest slap But if I speak about the identity of character it means I have to give spoiler about murderer’s identity Great dilemma between revealing unlikable character and getting expelled from GR community because of my big mouth So mouth zipped Punches secretly clenched Just read it and get some pain killers for over usage of your brain cells😊


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