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HomeLatest news for AdultsBook review: The Silent Patient

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HomeLatest news for AdultsBook review: The Silent Patient
If you want a great psychological thriller to read as the leaves of (some) of the trees start changing their colour, may I recommend The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This one is from 2019 and I hadn’t heard anything about it before picking it up, which was for the best because, like virtually every novel of its genre, there are some unexpected events that unfold.

Now I don’t read a great deal of thrillers and after reading some reviews on Goodreads having now finished the book, I was interested to see that one reader did manage to see the ending coming BUT everyone else, like me, was completely taken aback. I could never have guessed what was coming and had to read the same few paragraphs several times just to be sure I had read them correctly.

The main character, London artist Alicia Berenson, spends six years in a mental institution after shooting her fashion photographer husband five times in the face and then refusing to speak. Her art becomes famous after the incident, drawing mass media attention as well as the attention of the male protagonist, therapist Theo. Theo takes a passionate interest in Alicia’s case and is determined to get help for her to work out why she fell silent after the horrific incident. He moves to Alicia’s faltering facility, The Grove, in order to be close to her. From there we flick between Theo and Alicia’s lives leading up to the shooting.

I read the story leading up to Christmas last year and wasn’t sorry to have postponed a bit of gift shopping in my impatience to see what would happen next. Highly recommended!

If you are interested in reading other psychological thrillers, check out these other titles:

Link to Catalogue record for The Silent Patient
Link to Catalogue record for The Housemaid
Link to Catalogue record for The Girl on the Train
Link to Catalogue record for Sharp Objects