Book Review: The Silent Patient (ARC)

Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides

Source/Format: BookishFirst and Celadon Books; Paperback ARC
Publisher/ Expected release date: Celadon Books; Feb 5 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller

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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. Find out more at Celadon Books...

What I Thought:

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is an engaging psychological thriller that had me flying through the pages to get to the end. I such a hard time putting it down, so I stayed up to finish it the same day I got it.

In a sense, the story isn’t just about a psychotherapist’s quest to find the reasoning behind Alicia Berenson’s silence, but also about how Theo Faber deals with his own issues. Although it’s mainly told through his perspective, Alicia Berenson’s diary also makes up some of the chapters. This not only added to the suspense, but also revealed a couple of the characters’ personalities and the reason behind their actions. Eventually, I found myself attempting to predict the end. Nonetheless, I was wrong. As for the twist, I wasn’t sure if I liked it immediately after I finished reading; however, the more I considered the plot, characters, and motives, the more I loved the ending.

There is so much more I want to say, but in my opinion, those things are spoilers. Overall, I recommend checking out The Silent Patient if you like psychological thrillers with a twist.

Thanks for reading.
*I received this book from BookishFirst and Celadon Books for this review.