The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

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Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.
Publisher: New York, New York : Celadon Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250230782
9781250301697
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,25 cm.

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hillabean Aug 31, 2019

Short punchy chapters that really pull you through the story. I found there was a bit of a slump in the middle, but the ending made it worth it!

"That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing—I quite literally couldn’t put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later—it's now 5:47 a.m.—I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."
—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling auth... Read More »


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emcritch
Aug 11, 2020

Like nothing I've read before! I liked the unique plot with the many twists along the way. One of the fastest reads for me this summer.

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Lidlmom
Aug 09, 2020

This book was recommended on a list of suspenseful books with endings with a twist. It was a little slow to get started, but then picked up and I couldn't put it down. And no, I did not see that ending coming! I definitely recommend this book.

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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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