The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides | Review

“Remember, love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.”





Alice 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.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him


This book has been on my radar since it was released however it is one of those that had mixed opinions and I was not sure whether I was going to like it. When I saw that it had been reduced on Kindle for 99p I knew this was a chance for me to pick it up. It did not disappoint me, in fact it took me by surprise and I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

I could not put this book down, it took me hostage and I devoured it more or less in one sitting. I was captivated by the fact that Alicia won’t talk, something has happened but what? She was found next to her dead husband and covered in blood. She was guilty right? But why won’t she tell her story? Honestly this was such a unique take on a thriller that it just left me wanting more and more throughout.

There are so many twists and turns throughout that I promise you will struggle to put the book down. I hardly did, I found myself reading it in the most awkward social situations just so I could progress and get answers to my questions. I enjoyed the mixed media in this book. We are told a story from different perspectives some in the present day and others in the past in the form of Alicia’s diary. I really liked the break between the two and I think this method really added to the reading experience.

A thriller always gets a high rating from me when I couldn’t guess the ending and no I didn’t see it coming. It always frustrates me when that happens because I fancy myself as a detective, obviously and I feel like I should be able to suss things like this out. Nope, I couldn’t. I was satisfied by the ending of this book. The plot twist made sense and didn’t appear to be forced, I understood why the author did what he did and everything just seemed to fall into place. I would have maybe liked a bit more at the end to find out what happened next. But I approve and feel like this book was worth my time reading, it did not let me down.

I recommend that despite the mixed reviews you give this book a go. I really enjoyed it and will be sure to pick up another book by the same author again.

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