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The Silent Patient
The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
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 t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781250301703
ISBN-10: 125030170X
Publication Date: 3/3/2020
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Celadon Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 217
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kuligowskiandrewt avatar reviewed The Silent Patient on + 556 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Artist Alicia Berenson lives, despite a suicide attempt. Her husband Gabriel does not â he's been shot to death. The police quickly realize Alicia MUST have done it. Perhaps the clue as to WHY exists in the artist's self portrait, called âAlcestisâ. However, like the Greek tragedy by Euripides whose title was taken for the painting, the subject â Alicia â has stopped speaking.

Psychotherapist Theo Faber has taken a job at a failing mental institution where Alicia has been committed. It is his most fervent wish to gain an insight into her secrets, and as such to assist her in recovery. His first challenge will be to get her to speak ⦠no, his first challenge will be to get her to TRUST ⦠while he deals with the temptations of cannibis and the fear that his wife has taken a lover.

âThe Silent Patientâ, by Alex Michaelides, is a psychological thriller of the first degree. I found it started slow â but then, most roller coasters start slow while they build up a supply of potential energy. Both the book and the roller coaster start to speed up â slowly at first, but then faster and faster. When you think you know what's going to happen next, you find that you've been whipped around in an unexpected curve. Eventually, the ride is over ⦠long before you're ready for it to finish â and the same is true for the book. Unlike a roller coaster, however, the most sudden and amazing twists and turns occur as the book is reaching its conclusion!

I dare not say more, lest I inadvertently provide a spoiler.

RATING: Four and 1/2 Stars, rounded up to Five Stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted.
Bonnie avatar reviewed The Silent Patient on + 364 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Oh, my. I must be the only person alive who was so bored by this book, the story that went nowhere for many many pages, that I fell asleep every time I tried to read it. I finally quit it about halfway through.
junie avatar reviewed The Silent Patient on + 612 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
An addicting, captivating whodunit with an OMG ending! I never would have guessed it.
Great debut psychological thriller. Looking forward to her next book.
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed The Silent Patient on + 791 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This gripped me from the beginning. I had to know what really occurred. It did go in some directions that I didn't quite get, at times, but they made sense later. It builds in intensity toward the end and the conclusion is shocking. Well done!
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