The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This was my January 2019 Book of the Month selection – and the fact that I got around to reading it in July should give you an idea of what my TBR looks like. I kinda picked it on a whim because none of the other books really appealed to me – but shortly after picking it, the buzz for this book started growing and growing. I’m not much of a thriller reader, but with all the hype around it, I finally sat down and gave The Silent Patient a shot – and now I just might be a psychological thriller fan. This book was twisty, dark, and unexpected – everything I could have hoped for and more.

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….

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