The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

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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. 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432858643
1432858645
Branch Call Number: LT Fiction MICHAELIDES,A
Characteristics: 483 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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ValinOR14
Jul 23, 2020

What did I just read?? Wow!!! As others have said, I don't think this was a thriller, as much as a fascinating psychological character study. I have no idea how the author managed to come up with this plot!! The Silent Patient is filled with love, betrayal, and revenge. It's a page-turner with a huge plot twist. Many reviewers have said they had the book figured out before the end but I was definitely not one of them. I kept questioning things right up to the end! I'm eager to see what Mr. Michaelides writes next.

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pozrob
Jul 21, 2020

I read a review stating that savvy readers will see the twist coming a mile away. That may be true, but I wouldn’t let that stop you from reading this book. Grab a copy and go with it. You won’t be disappointed.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 18, 2020

There is tension/ conflict on every page--jut like watching a thriller movie. I could not put this down! (seriously--read it in one day) There is a huge "plot twist" that will make you love or hate it--I hated it at first, then realized that there we many hints all the time but I was so caught up in the story I didn't stop to ponder them. For people who read a chapter a day, the twist may not catch you so off guard.

Two entwined stories of the depressed doctor who has been in therapy 30 years and a woman who has been locked up when she becomes mute following the murder of her husband.

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writermala
Jul 08, 2020

This book was billed as a Psycho thriller. Did I think it was a psycho thriller? Well I felt it was a lot of Psycho babble and I would be interested in learning what Psychotherapists thought of it. Was it a thriller? Well I wasn't thrilled. I didn't fall for the red herrings and almost guessed the ending. I think the book does a disservice to Psychiatric patients and their therapists. Having said that, I must confess there is some good writing for example when Theo remarks that, "Double infidelity isn't the most attractive or auspicious start to a relationship." Also, Theo hits the nail on the head when he says, "We were crashing through every last boundary between therapist and patient." To say the least, Theo was unprofessional. Would I recommend it? Tough call. I would say read for yourself and judge.

JCLKelseyR Jun 22, 2020

This was a great novel. Well written and suspenseful, keeps the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

"Her silence was like a mirror - reflecting yourself back at you. And it was often an ugly sight."
When Theo Faber, criminal psychotherapist, takes a new job at The Grove, he is well aware of their most famous patient, Alicia Berenson. The woman caught red-handed after killing her husband and who has remained silent since.
In fact, Theo's goal is to work with her, to see if he can get her to reveal what really happened on the night her husband was killed. He's not sure he believes the official story. Through Theo's perspective, his investigation, and Alicia's own diary entries, the reader is brought along on a hair-raising mystery that is not for the faint of heart. The use of the diary entries, paired with Theo's investigations, made for a perfectly paced reveal! Did Alicia kill her husband, as all the evidence suggests? If so, what was her motive? Why hasn’t she uttered a single word in all these years? This is a compelling mystery. Alicia an enigma, to be sure. This is unsettling enough on its own merits. Was the twist good and unexpected? Yes. Did you have to suspend your disbelief a bit to make it work in your head? Yes.

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lindsaybarrows
Jun 20, 2020

worth reading! a little convoluted toward the end but, its a fiction story after all!

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hollyharkener
Jun 13, 2020

Why is this such a popular book? It's... terrible. I kept reading, thinking surely if people are so hot for it, there's a reason. But for the life of me I can't imagine what it is. I should've known better, I suppose. After all, Eat, Pray, Love was also wildly popular, and it was the most self-aggrandizing piece of narcissistic crap I've ever read.

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Brontina66
Jun 07, 2020

The story doesn't disappoint. There are several surprises and twists, especially at the end. The silent patient refers to a woman who, accused of having murdered her husband, stops talking and is interned in a mental institute. A psychiatrist tries to help her speak again and tell the world her side of the story. He is successful but with consequences that he doesn't expect, or does he? To say more would mean to spoil the plot, so I will stop here. Overall I liked the story and the only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the style, that for me was to slow and a bit boring at times. Ah, by the way, don't forge to look up who the mythological figure mentioned in the book is. It helps understanding Alice's behavior.

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swheeler89
Jun 05, 2020

For the genre it was well written and had just enough twists. Would recommend and look forward to his second novel.

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