Hello and welcome back to another book review!
Hope you’re doing great and healthy….. this tiny little thing (COVID-19) had caused so much already but we can win against it! This is a chapter and we’ll get through it. Meanwhile, stay home and be safe!!!
Promising to be the debut novel of the season 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….
Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, I studied English literature at Cambridge University and got my MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. I wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. THE SILENT PATIENT is my first novel.
This one has been popping up on my feed a lot lately and it seemed to me pretty interesting……Because It IS!!!
The prologue is a page from Alicia‘s diary where she’s writing a little about herself, why she’s writing it; because her husband encouraged her to, she even expresses more than once about how much she LOVES her husband and how she would do anything for him. Then, upon beginning the first chapter, I was really really shocked when I read the very first line which was: Alicia was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband. What’s more confusing is that that night was the last time she ever uttered a word, even when she was accused of such act she didn’t try the least bit to defend herself, she just kept quiet during the whole thing. Theo, being intrigued and ambitious to solve this mystery, is keen to make her talk again, to understand what happened for her to do such a thing….Or did she?!?!
It’s one of those books you want to read as fast as you can to discover the end AND as slow as you can to savor each moment carefully. The plot twist is unexpected, like really really unexpected. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand it what’s going on and things were going so fast, so out of control, then things started to make such a twisted kind of sense. It’s nothing like what I anticipated, it’s much much more!! The best book I’ve read this year and I believe you should get to it if you haven’t already because….WOW…That’s just so mind blowing and by the end, I was overwhelmed with emotions that I needed some time to catch my breath and sort things out and …..UGH... Truly, you need to read it!