Hello everyone! Welcome to my first review of 2020 of one of my first reads of 2020!
This book is one that I had heard a lot about last year, so when I saw it on Scibd as an audiobook I downloaded and listened to it immediately.
This book was definitely one that drew mixed feelings from me, but I’ll save that for the review. Lets jump into it!
Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5
My Rating: 3.75/5
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: February 5th, 2019
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…
I’m going to be honest with you all, when I first picked up this book I didn’t have super high hopes, mostly because I had heard some reviewer with some negative opinions regarding this book. Despite my misgivings I decided that I’ll give it a go and read it anyways (also because I had already bought the book and didn’t want to feel like I wasted money).
Starting this novel I was immediately intrigued, a character that doesn’t talk and also allegedly killed her husband can do that.
The story in this novel was definitely one of the stronger points to it, it had a lot of unique twists and turns that I didn’t expect and those twists and turns left me wanting to hear (remember I listened to this one) more.
I think the one thing that saved this novel for me was the characters. They were incredibly written in a way that you didn’t love any of them but you were constantly wanting to know more about.
Alicia was a character that commanded all attention when she was speaking, both in the past and the present. She was such an interesting character to follow and I definitely found myself looking forward to the parts of the book that were told from her POV.
Theo was also very interesting to follow, but in different ways. It was great to see the struggles he was having behind the scenes and what actions he took to help himself. Also, Theo’s storyline brought on another mystery into the novel, which did a lot to keep me interested throughout the story.
The only bad things I have to say about this book is that it does drop off a little bit during the middle of the novel. I found myself wanting some action to occur and for a solid 50 or so pages, I didn’t get that. Despite that, the ending of this novel makes up for the boring-ish middle.
The ending of this novel makes reading it all worth it. That ending took me by such shock, I immediately had to tell whoever was around me.
All in all, if you’re a mystery/thriller reader, you should definitely pick this book up in some shape or form. It was short and sweet and definitely left me with no questions but all the shock.
That concludes my review for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.
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