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Alex Michaelides

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Completed on 17 March 2023
ISBN : 9781409181637
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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 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. THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read thriller of the year - perfect for fans of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell, BLOOD ORANGE by Harriet Tyce and PLAYING NICE by JP Delaney. 


Such an interesting book, the entire story is a must read for anyone. The character of Alicia is soo awesome and to know about this character and his life was such a ride. The life of Alicia Berenson appears to be ideal. She resides in a lavish home with large windows that looks out onto a park in one of London's most prestigious neighbourhoods. Gabriel, her husband, arrives home late one evening from a fashion assignment, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face before going silent. By being silent and refusing to offer any explanation, Alicia elevates a family tragedy into a mystery that captivates the public's interest and makes her famous. She is the quiet patient. Overall the book was great.

'The Silent Patient' by Alex Michaelides is a captivating and suspenseful psychological thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. With its intricate plot, well-drawn characters, and unexpected twists, this debut novel offers a thrilling and immersive reading experience. The story revolves around Alicia Berenson, a talented artist who is seemingly living a perfect life until the day she brutally murders her husband and falls into complete silence. Theo Faber, a psychotherapist fascinated by Alicia's case, becomes determined to unravel the truth behind her silence. As Theo delves deeper into Alicia's troubled past and attempts to break through her silence, the reader is taken on a dark and twisted journey filled with secrets, lies, and psychological manipulation. One of the novel's strengths lies in its compelling and multi-layered characters. Alicia, the enigmatic protagonist, evokes a mix of sympathy and intrigue as her motivations and inner turmoil are gradually revealed. Theo, the relentless psychotherapist, is a complex and flawed character whose obsession with unlocking Alicia's secrets drives the narrative forward. The interactions and dynamics between the various characters are skillfully crafted, and add depth and tension to the story.