Primary Genre(s): Psychological Thriller
Published: 5 Feb 2019 by Celadon Books
Page count: 323
Cover: Awesome, Creepy
Ending: Brilliant and unexpected
Would I recommend it: Absolutely
Commission Link: https://amzn.to/2Yvk28p
My rating: ★★★★★
Summary from Goodreads
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?
I used to pride myself on figuring out the twists and endings to the thrillers/mysteries I read. Well, no more. Authors today are thoroughly outwitting me and I actually love it. The Silent Patient is a brilliant example of this. Here are my pros and cons:
- I started this book thinking I had an idea what it would be about. You honestly have no idea what you are experiencing with this book until the very end. I absolutely gasped at the end when I found out what was going on! BRILLIANT!
- Wonderfully written story… intriguing, captivating, compelling, and unputdownable!
- I love how you don’t know who has a more messed up life – Theo or Alicia!
- I can’t say I really connected to the characters emotionally, but I was very interested and intrigued by them and where the story was going.
- The book is fast-paced (thank goodness because you seriously don’t want to stop reading) and it definitely holds your interest. I couldn’t wait to read more to figure out what was going on!
- I like the use of the diary to tell Alicia’s part of the story.
- So many rabbit trails! So many secrets! LOVED IT!
- You will learn a little bit about a Greek tragedy – Alcestis by Euripides.
- If I had one negative to note, it is that some of the circumstances were a bit too convenient, albeit necessary for the story to work. I know that suspension of belief definitely bothers some people a lot, but I personally didn’t think it was too distracting in this particular book.
I am probably the millionth person to read and review this book at this point but I had to throw my two cents in! In my opinion, this is a solid psychological thriller and worth a read. If you are like me, make sure you start reading this early in the day… otherwise you are liable to have some sleepless nights! I couldn’t put the book down once I started it!
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