The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 

 January 12, 2023

By  BookishBearx

Warning ⚠️– May Contain Spoilers!

I’m going to try a different set up for how I write my reviews to maybe get a bit more structure and depth to them… hence why I have inserted the warning above. I want to discuss the books that I read in as much detail as possible with revealing as little as I can in the way of spoilers. I know there is nothing worse than trying to find out if a book is worth reading and just getting nothing more than the book being ruined for you.

This weeks review comes from a highly regarded book, within the book blogging community at the moment. It’s unexpected twists and turns are grabbing bloggers attention left right and centre. So it got me curious enough to buy it during my January book ban. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides was published last February , 5th 2019 by Celadon books and has been awarded accolades such as The #1 New York Times and Sunday Times Bestseller. It has sold over a million copies and is dubbed “The perfect thriller” by A.J. Finn.

The synopsis of the book reads as follows:

Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word.

It’s time to find out why.

It sounds like a book with a lot of potential. The plot in a little bit more detail is as follows. During The Silent Patient we follow the story of Alicia Berenson, a young and extremely talented artist. From the book we can gather that Alicia seemed to love her husband greatly and many of her close friends, relatives and neighbours don’t see her as a killer. But the police find her in the living room, next to his body with her fingerprints on the gun, attempting to commit suicide. But she lives and from this moment on no one can get her to speak. The book flits between excerpts from Alicia’s journal that Gabriel encouraged her to keep and also the thoughts of Theo, a psychotherapist at The Grove, where Alicia is being treated after the trial. Theo takes the job specifically to treat Alicia, he thinks he can make her talk. The question is will he succeed?

I found that this book was very entertaining to read. It was shocking and creepy and emotive. I really felt for all the characters, the good and the bad… And in truth good and bad in this book is kind of grey. Those doing bad believed that they were helping other people. Each character is fighting their own battles and these battles intertwines their own lives with each others. In this book no one is who they seem to be. Is Alicia crazy and capable of murder or is she kind and a victim? Is she both? How do all the other characters come in to this? How do her paintings speak for what happened? What made her do it? Did she do it? These were all the questions flying through my mind as I was reading this book.

It is one of those books where everyone has the means to be a villain. But every time you have decided on what each person has done, a twist comes out of nowhere and that person may be at fault for something, it is not what you thought they did, that they did. You are kept on your toes. and on the edge of your seat. You feel sadness for Alicia, for Theo and for Gabriel. You feel anger and shock at what some of the characters do. It is a crazy rollercoaster of a story and it is truly remarkable how well it is written.

It could be a difficult read as it does touch upon a few hard subjects such as mental illness, child abuse, infidelity, murder and suicide. For some, parts of this book could be a little bit triggering but it isn’t overly graphic in terms of these. It is quite respectfully written and touched upon.

All in all, I really enjoyed this read. I have no real complains other than it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am dying to know what happened after the ending. It is an amazing book with unexpected turns around every corner. Would I recommend it? Of course. You can pick this up at many major book stores and online. I paid £7.99 for my paperback copy and I believe it is available in hardback and it was worth every penny.

Star Rating /5


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