All I can say is WOW! I think this is the best thriller that I have ever read! The twist is absolutely amazing :) Anyone who likes thrillers needs to read this book asap! I went into this book really not expecting much to be honest. It ended up being a book that I could not put down! It is the author's first novel and I can't wait to see what he does next. Although I don't know how he can possibly top this...
Excellent debut novel with a fascinating array of moody characters and an uncoiling serpent of a plot. Evil is truly hiding in plain sight. Kept me guessing and when I did get it right, it was chilling.
I can't wait to read more from Michaelides! He's a brave storyteller who knows how to shock a reader. As a fan of psychological thrillers, I found this a very satisfying and engrossing read.
This book held my interest the entire time. I really enjoyed it. I will look for more books by this author!
Excellent book for the first time book author. This is a psychological thriller. It starts out slow, builds up speed, with lots of twists and turns along the way. Just when you think you've figured it out, BOOM Surprise, you're wrong. Totally unexpected ending, which I didn't see coming. I will read more from this author.
Therapist Theo Faber finds the case of Alicia Berenson interesting. The woman, apparently happily married, was found, bloodied and holding a gun, in her house with her dead husband. She was convicted of murder but determined to be not in her right mind. Nobody could get anything from her, because she would not talk.
Theo wants to work with her, and gets himself transferred to the hospital where she is confined, even though the institution is on its last legs. He manages to get her case assigned to him, because others had given up.
Gradually Theo finds ways to communicate with Alicia and the story - her story and the story of others - comes out.
I had not guessed the way it would end, and I admit to being surprised but also disappointed.
The book is easy to get through, as chapters are short and there is a lot of white space, so it isn't actually very long. I felt it was light on details and motivation, and I wondered how this doctor was accepted into the hospital and then is allowed to work with only one patient. The characterization of therapy as a way for the therapist to feel the patient's pain until the patient can recognize it seemed off to me. I also had trouble with how Theo thinks and behaves. I am aware that therapists are just people but they do learn some techniques to cope with their own pain. Instead, Theo lashes out, feeds his own resentment, acts like a child at heart.