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.
This was my first time reading Amanda Quick and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed not only this book but the way she writes. This will not be the only book I read by her and would like to continue this series.
This is a challenging book to review because so much has been written about it, and its author, already. It went on my “to be read” list almost immediately upon publication but was always passed over for various reasons. So when I saw the pop sugar challenge item of reading a book published posthumously, I knew the time had come to read the book that everyone seemed to love. And I was very, very happy I did because this was a gripping, emotional, and almost unbelievable story that needed to be told.
This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I wanted to read it based on the “Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith” description I was seeing everywhere but I have to say that it didn’t feel like either of those to me. While there is murder and a husband and wife dynamic, this book felt like a MUCH, MUCH, darker “Gone Girl.” I am going to recommend this to people with a caveat…you need to be comfortable with reading a book about horrible people who commit murder for no other reason than the thrill of it.
It took me a while to write this review because my feelings on this book are so conflicted. On one hand, I thought this was a well-crafted legal thriller that kept me guessing but the misogyny and racism that was rampant throughout the book was hard to take. I had to remind myself that this book was written in 1986 and the characters he wrote (lawyers, policeman, judges, etc…) would probably talk as he portrayed them. There were also a few scenes in which acts of brutal violence were described that took me off guard and left me feeling sick to my stomach. However, the mystery kept me guessing and the point of view writing style was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading.