The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Only she knows what happened.
Only I can make her speak.

I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me.
Sometimes I think-
No. I won’t write about that.

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?

My Review

This book has only been out for 10 days and having just read it, it is easy to see why it is already a best seller and No.1 New York Times bestselling list. Not bad for a debut novel!

A very clever, well plotted, psychological thriller with a twist that will have your head spinning, I doubt many people will have that ending pegged, I certainly didn’t!

Alicia Berenson is a fascination character, made more so by that fact she is a woman of few words, no words to be more specific. From the moment she is found standing in front of her husband’s body, covered in blood after shooting him at close range five times to his face, right through the trail and even now years later in the high security unit for high risk patients she still has not uttered one word.

Then along comes Theo, a forensic psychotherapist who believes he will be the one to bring her back, to get through to her and break her silence. Will his own troubled childhood and his own experiences help, making him more relatable to Alicia?

Some chapters are entries into Alicia’s diary/journal which bring a whole other depth to the story, shedding new light with each entry.

What did really happen on that night? Had there been warning signs? What caused her to tie her husband to a chair and shoot him?

Compulsively addictive and a trip inside some disturbed minds this is an excellent read, tense and unpredictable and I absolutely loved it and have raved to friends about it for days!

This is one for anyone who loves thrillers, it will have you guessing till the very end.

Sorry its only a brief review, I have done this as I don’t want to give away spoilers so I don’t ruin it for future readers! Am my advice is, make sure you avoid spoilers at all costs!!

The Silent Patient was published on 5 Feb. 2019 and can be purchased now form

Thank you to the author Alex Michaelides, publishes Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for my digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.

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