I was lucky enough to win an arc of The Silent Patient in a competition ran by the publishers, Orion, on Twitter. Other than reading the synopsis before I entered (I only enter competition that I am actually interested in the prize) and I was hooked from the second I read it. Added it straight onto my Goodreads TBR and into my Wishlist on Amazon.
Luckily for me, I won, and I got the amazing opportunity to read this book before it officially comes out. So, here is my review for this book.
Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patientis 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 writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
This is Alex Michaelides debut novel and what a debut it is. I just don’t know how he’s going to top this.
I loved this book. The story entices you in starting off with Alicia’s diary. Although not every time, the chapters to alternate between Alicia’s diary and Theo’s POV.
Its hard not to spoil this book with my review. I’m about to write something down and then realise that it would give too much away. There are so many twists and turns to this story that once you’ve started, you just can’t stop. And I love thrillers like that. In fact, I love any novel like that.
Alex’s writing is outstanding! There were point in the book where I was a little bored with Alicia’s silence (my problem – I’m impatient – not Alex’s) but once I got to the end of the book and had a few days to stew over what actually happened, I realised that it makes total sense and is absolutely necessary for her to be silent for as long as she was.
There is a shocking twist at the end of this book. As always, you wonder how you didn’t see it coming. But with this one, it is literally staring you in the face the whole time. I gasped when I read the ending, I also laughed and shouted at myself for not seeing it coming.
I couldn’t get enough of this book, of Alex’s writing style, of the twists and turns, of the journey he takes you on. I’m already itching to get my hands on something else written by him.
I highly recommend The Silent Patient. I originally gave this book 4/5 stars when I reviewed it straight after reading, however, a few weeks have gone by and I have mulled it over, and it really does deserve 5/5 stars. So, that is now my revised rating. 5/5 stars.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – release date 7th February 2019.