The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Book - 2019
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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 search for the truth that threatens to consume him....
Publisher: New York, NY : Celadon Books, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250301697
Branch Call Number: FIC MIC
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm


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The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing and won`t let you go. It is told from the perspective of a patient and psychotherapist. The question is which one is telling the truth?

IndyPL_LindsayH Dec 09, 2019

If you want a book that keeps you guessing this is the one for you. You won`t be able to put it down. Which narrator is telling the truth?? Read this book to find out.

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Jan 05, 2020

This book literally gave me chills! I ripped through it so quickly and was so taken aback at the end. Wow!

Jan 03, 2020

Mystery prompt

Dec 26, 2019

I did not like this book. Yes it keeps you guessing however I found none of the characters were fleshed out nor could I develop any empathy for any of them. Perhaps the superficial was what the author was aiming for. When I finished the book I felt I had wasted my time. I kept waiting for something more. It's not the first best seller that I couldn't connect with.

IndyPL_LindsayH Dec 09, 2019

If you want a book that keeps you guessing this is the one for you. You won`t be able to put it down. Which narrator is telling the truth?? Read this book to find out.

Dec 05, 2019

Fast read that kept me guessing until the end.

Nov 23, 2019

Initially I thought it’s not my type of book. But later story picked up. One side you read Theos Faber story another side Alicia .. beautifully written. Five star for this. Very interesting thriller. I could not keep book aside just read finished it in one and half days. Must read if you like physiological thriller.

Nov 09, 2019

Kept me interested and I didn't see the end coming.

Nov 02, 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT is an impressive debut by author Alex Michaelides. It’s a mostly solid psychological thriller that held my attention throughout the book (even though I figured out the “twist” before the reveal). With short chapters and an intriguing plot, THE SILENT PATIENT is a quick read that will keep you entertained late into the night.

Nov 01, 2019

Kept me reading due to the unique plot and informational knowledge of psychology. Lack of character depth for main female character and her spouse compared to the other two male characters in novel. Would recommend novel overall b/c of unique plot.

Oct 17, 2019

Many likes and dislikes with this book. Personally, I enjoyed it very much. The plot was well-conceived and held my attention throughout. The conclusion rolled out smoothly with a twist that I hadn't expected. I'd recommend this intense and unique novel.

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