The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

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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. Alicias 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....
Publisher: New York, NY : Celadon Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250301697
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mic
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 19, 2019

Excellent !!! Couldn't put it down.

Aug 09, 2019

I was able to read this in one day, because it is a very easy read.
It is engaging and has a bit of a twist in the end. Some strong language and violence but focuses mostly on the main character’s mental states. It was well worth the time to read!

Aug 07, 2019

I found this one dragged quite often, feeling as though the author needed the words so that he'd have a novel-length book, but at any rate, I did figure out who did what to whom before the end, not that figuring it out made the book any better. I'd rate this story as mediocre and a little too heavy on the pretty lame and predictable descriptions of extra-marital (and marital) sex. Those descriptions didn't even seem heart-felt to me, they felt as though the author was writing what he thought someone might feel if they were attracted to someone so distractedly. And the family issues! Good grief. I like books with a bit more believable intrigue.

Aug 06, 2019

Quick summer read that kept my interest. Would recommend!

Jul 30, 2019

Divisive book on here, seems like you either love it or hate it. I'm kinda in the middle. The plot isn't too complex and the prose itself isn't wowing but overall for a silly summer read or something to kill some time on a beach I thought it was pretty successful. Didn’t really like anyone in the book but that’s not necessarily crucial. I enjoyed reading it and will probably forget about it soon!

Jul 28, 2019

I don’t quite understand what the whole hype is with this book.

It did go off to a good start and kept me interested in the story, but then it started taking a rather bland and dry turn. It started focusing on Theo’s obsession with Alicia and although it builds up to what happens to be a really good twist at the end, I didn’t think it was a great read.

Theo is just so unlikable and boring. There was nothing about him that really made the story stand out, he started getting annoying afterwards and as mentioned before, it wasn’t until literally the last few pages where the story blows up.

Yet as the plot progressed, you’re left wondering with what was going to happen next and it’s slowly drawn out and wasn’t grabbing my interest at all. The pace was slow, the plot was rather flat and coupled with an uninteresting main character definitely left the story lacking.

There seems to be a lot of positive reviews on this, but it’s just not for me. There’s much better suspense novels out there that held my interest more than this one.

Jul 16, 2019

W O W - haven't had such a great read in a long time!!! Every page was enjoyable and I finished it within a day and a half. Really couldn't put it down. The characters ---even the one who doesn't talk --- are well-developed. The whole time, I was wondering what happened and why it was necessary to give so much background on the Alicia. It made perfect sense after the twist was revealed. A pretty sad story once you put yourself in her shoes. The story ended well and every loose bits was wrapped up. Will probably re-read again!

Jul 13, 2019

Didn't finish. Got to page 174 but it didn't grab me. Had no empathy for the characters.

Jul 13, 2019

4 stars. Alicia is a painter married to the perfect man, living a perfect life. So why would she tie her husband to a chair and shoot him in the face 5 times? After Gabriel's death, Alicia doesn't speak. Confined to an institution, she is still silent, not talking to anyone. Until a new psychotherapist arrives. Theo feels he needs to make her speak. Coming from a similar backstory, he feels he knows what Alicia went through and that he alone can make her talk. If he can get her to speak, he can find out what happened on that day. This was a very good thriller with enough to keep me turning the pages in interest, and a few surprising twists at the end. A very good read. I enjoyed this book.

Jul 10, 2019

Didn't get very far with this, surprised to see such positive reviews!

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