Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
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….
About: The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller written by Alex Michaelides. It was published on 2/5/2019 by Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 325 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, psychological thriller, suspense, and fiction. This book was the author’s debut. The author’s future second book will be called The Maidens. According to Celadon Books, it was “founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing, selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Silent Patient on 1/18/2021 and finished it on 1/22/2021. This book was an excellent read, as expected from the rave I kept hearing. A therapist unlike others, one who wasn’t perfect and one who also saw a therapist himself. I liked following a therapist’s job. Working at a mental hospital sounded taxing, especially where there were patients who murdered. The characters were not what they seemed. I thought they were nice or mean but they ended up with another unexpected side. I liked when stories focused on people with two faces because I’ll never know what to expect and I liked getting the surprise at each turn.
This book started with a prologue, following Alicia’s diary. This diary with entries for different days will be inserted between the chapters in the story as readers slowly unravel the mystery behind the silent patient. Then the story began, following Theo the forensic psychotherapist, told in the first person point of view, informing readers that Gabriel was killed 6 years ago. The police found Gabriel tied up to a chair with gunshot wounds and Alicia, Artist, bleeding to death nearby with knife wounds. Alicia survived but was charged for Gabriel’s murder; however, Alicia didn’t speak up to defend herself. She stayed silent. Theo wanted to be Alicia’s therapist and to eventually get her to talk. While Theo was a therapist for Alicia, he battled with his own demons.
The Silent Patient was well written and a fast paced couldn’t put down kind of read. I liked following a psychotherapist’s view and how he analyzed people’s responses. I liked the analysis on love. A child who was loved by his/her parents will in turn received love from him/her. Recently I read The Plot where the mom complained that her child hated her and it was because she thought about abortion and adoption during her pregnancy. I felt bad for Paul to be bossed around by his mom even at that age. This book definitely brought to light different people with different problems. In the end, I couldn’t guess what happened and got the surprise of my life when it was revealed who “the man” was. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Tag Lines: fast paced, mystery, suspense, psychotherapist, page turner
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel, and was the biggest selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking 49 countries. He lives in London. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).