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"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
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....
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this confident debut, Alex Michaelides mixes the meticulous pacing of an Agatha Christie thriller with the dark tragedy of Greek myth. The Silent Patient starts with an unforgettable image: Artist Alicia Berenson stands in her living room soaked in her husband’s blood after apparently riddling him with bullets. After that, Alicia goes mute for years—until psychotherapist Theo Faber finds his way to the institution that houses her, armed with unconventional ideas about unlocking her past. Michaelides has crafted a binge-worthy, slow-burn psychological thriller that explodes in one final twist.
Psychotherapist Theo Faber, the emotionally fragile narrator of Michaelides's superb first novel, finagles his way to a job at the Grove, a "secure forensic unit" in North London, where artist Alicia Berenson has been housed for six years since she was convicted of murdering her prominent fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. The evidence against Alicia was clear Gabriel was tied to a chair and shot several times in the face with a gun that had only her fingerprints. Since the day of her arrest, Alicia has never said a word. Before the murder, Alicia painted a provocative self-portrait entitled Alcestis, based on a Greek myth that seemed to echo her life. Her current therapists reluctantly agree to let Theo treat the heavily drugged Alicia to get her to speak. The boundary between doctor and patient blurs as Theo, who admits he became a therapist "because I was fucked-up," seeks to cure his own emotional problems in the course of treating Alicia. This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
it’s was fun
I loved all the characters.
The ending was a bit disappointing
But it’s was really good and exciting
Couldn’t keep reading
Thought it would be interesting but couldn’t make it past 100 pages. Central character is odious but not someone I’d want to spend more time with. Wish I could return it.
Engrossing Read, Well Written
Wow, what a wonderful read. I loved this book abd even stayed up late (or early) to finish it (and paying fir it now). 😉
A woman is found with a gun in her hand and her dead husband next to her. Did she really do it? We can’t tell anything because she’s literally stopped talking, which makes her seem even more guilty.
I was attracted to the story and subject matter. The writing is excellent; crisp, clear. I lived the Greek mythology that surrounds the story. The story was perfectly paced and I was so interested to what would happen next. However, the biggest bang for me was toward the ending where I suddenly felt the room spin out of control and I had to go back and reread what I had just read, because I was so surprised. And then as the story continued everything fell into place.
I had quite a few theories going because it seemed that several characters had plenty of motives and secrets. But none of my theories were correct.
I loved Alex Michaelides writing and I will look forward to more stories.