The Silent Patient

March 19th, 2023

I’ve just closed the final few pages of the psychological rollercoaster – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

This insanely addictive thriller follows the story of Alicia Berenson, a renowned painter who one day inexplicably shoots her husband, Gabriel, five times in the face and then stops speaking. Zip, zilch, nada. Not a word comes out of her mouth. Alicia’s complete silence turns her into a media sensation and a mysterious enigma that everyone’s dying to crack.

Enter our protagonist, Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who is absolutely obsessed with Alicia’s case. He’s convinced he can help her, but as he digs deeper into her past, things get, well… complicated.

I’ve got to say, the writing style in this book is just chef’s kiss. Michaelides’ prose is simple yet captivating, making it easy to fly through the pages. The narrative is told through Theo’s perspective, but we also get snippets of Alicia’s thoughts through her diary entries. This dual narrative keeps us on our toes, unveiling little pieces of the puzzle as we go along.

Now, let’s talk about the characters. Alicia is truly a fascinating subject. Despite her silence, Michaelides masterfully makes her feel alive and real. As for Theo, well, he’s got his own set of issues. But it’s his relentless determination to understand Alicia that makes him such an engaging character.

I won’t give away too much way by spoiling it, but let’s just say that when the truth finally unravels, it hits like a freight train. I never saw it coming, and I’m pretty sure my jaw is still on the floor.

The Silent Patient is, without a doubt, a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you guessing until the very end, then look no further. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy, put on your detective hat, and get ready to dive into the twisted world of Alicia Berenson and Theo Faber. Happy reading!


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