The Silent Patient was THE mystery thriller of 2019, with numerous friends and library patrons telling me I had to read it. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick this one up but I am glad I read it because I was hooked from the first page. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like stories with a lot of twists and turns.
Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to Gabriel, a photographer. One night, Alicia kills Gabriel, tries to kill herself, and then doesn’t say another word for years. She is admitted to the Grove, a secure unit, for treatment but still refuses to talk. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist who is determined to get Alicia talking again, no matter what the cost…and this obsession may be his downfall.
Things I Liked:
The premise for the book was fascinating and I was engrossed from the first chapter. I thought having Theo narrate the story with Alicia’s journal entries sprinkled throughout was a smart choice and kept me guessing the entire time. Sometimes the use of an unreliable narrator in a book can get tedious, especially if you don’t like the person narrating but I think Theo was a great character. There were a few twists and while I guessed the first one (but only about 5 minutes before the reveal!) I didn’t guess the others. I could tell the story was well thought out and everything made sense in the end.
Things I didn’t Like:
If I have one complaint, I would have liked more of Alicia’s journals and less of Theo but that is a small issue.
I don’t read a lot of mystery thrillers, despite really enjoying this genre, so for me, this was a well written book that kept me guessing. People who read a lot of this genre may not like it as much, especially if they guess the twist but I thought this was a good mystery and I would definitely read more books written by Michaelides.
“Love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.”
Author: Alex Michaelides
Published: February 5th 201
Rating: 5 Stars