Monday 16 January 2023

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides | Book Review

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 4/5
Publisher: Orion 
Publication date: 12th December 2019

Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn't spoken a single word.

It's time to find out why.

Alicia Berenson is a famous artist. One night six years ago, she shot her husband in the head five times and hasn't spoken since.

Psychologist Theo Faber is convinced that he is the one who will be able to communicate with her and get her to speak after all this time. He gets a job at The Grove, the secure unit where Alicia is, and sets upon creating a bond with her.

He looks into her relationships, her paintings, her past, all to build a picture. But what will be revealed?

This book is so cleverly written. It is the perfect pace and I felt a real chase whilst reading. I was desperate to know the truth. The psychology and Greek aspects were very interesting to me. I did however start to guess the outcome towards the end - maybe I've read too many thrillers! But it was very enjoyable with a lot of red herrings.

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