The Silent Patient
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 c
I feel like I should preface my review by stating that I have read A LOT of psychological thrillers, and coupling that with the fact that this was my most anticipated read of 2019 gave The Silent Patient a great deal of pressure. This will still be an overall positive review, but I felt I had to include some honest thoughts here as well for those readers who may need their expectations in line like I clearly did.
The premise here ...more
As you will see, it’s an incredible story—of that there is no doubt.
Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
Ohhhh, I see why this book is getting so much buzz: it is virtually unputdownable.
I didn't actually have any plans to read The Silent Patient. I just happened to see it hanging around in the new releases, took a quick peek, and thought-- why not? Well, I'll tell you why not. You absolutely definitely should NOT read this book if you want to go to sleep and get up for real life stuf ...more
A fast read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end, although the shocker came at the end. Wait......wait......what just happened? This was how I felt as a read the last few chapters!
Alicia Berenson is such a mysterious, intriguing character and I was trying to figure her out the entire novel. I kept asking myself, "What is up with Alicia?"She is a famous, talented painter and happily married to her husband, Gabri ...more
I was excited to pick up this psychological thriller because it has been getting some hype but it was a disappointment. Didn't care much for the characters, the twist was so obvious, the writing just okay. The only redeeming quality was the audiobook which made it possible for me to finish this book.
Unless you never read thrillers I don't think it's worth it. ...more
She then slit her own wrists and waited for the police to arrive.
At least, that's what THEY say she did. Alicia Berenson
isn't SAYING anything.
When Theo Faber, Criminal Psychotherapist, takes a new job at The Grove, he is well aware of their most infamous patient, Alicia Berenson.
She's the woman caught red-handed after killing her husband, who has remained silent ever since.
In fact, Theo's primary goal is to work with Alicia. He ye ...more
Brav-the-fuck-o dude 👏👏👏
"Her silence was like a mirror - reflecting yourself back at you.
And it was often an ugly sight."
And that, my friends, sums up this book perfectly.
Dark psychological suspense is my favorite genre and books like this one are exactly the reason why.
This book is the very definition of a page-turner. From the very first page I was seduced by the magnetic writing style of Alex Michaelides.
Nothing is as it seems in this novel. This story is complex and mu ...more
Alicia Berenson was discovered standing over her husband - he’d been tied to a chair and shot in the face five times. Alicia gives no explanation and refuses to speak. She’s admitted to a psychiatric unit, ‘The Grove’ in North London, and six years later she still hasn’t spoken - not one single word!
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist ...more
“...we often mistake love for fireworks - for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm - and constant.”
HOLY SHIT! Wasn't this a mothefucking page turner? Like I literally read and listened to this in 2 home sittings, and 2 subway sittings. Holy motherfuck! I knew this Greek author could do it! #proudtobegreek. Honestly, all the Greek mentions in this book were porn to me. He ...more
Well looks like I’m the outlier on this book as I have been reading many glowing 5 star reviews. Maybe I’ve been reading too many thrillers lately. For me to love a thriller all of the characters have to be well developed and intricate to the story, the plot has to be a good one and have more to offer than just the “thrill”, or wow factor at the end of the book. I found the characters to be shallow and the plot seemed to run off in several directions throughout the course of t ...more
When this book first started to garner a little buzz, I initially shied away from it. I am still avoiding psychological thrillers for the most part. However, the reviews were so overwhelmingly positive I relented, adding it to my TBR list. After a lengthy wait at the library, I finally obtained a copy, and dived in with no small amount of cautious optimism. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the hype?
The set- up is ...more
THE SILENT PATIENT is a deep, dark tale of murder, love and revenge. This is a contemporary story steeped in a deliciously gothic tone. At the beginning of the book, we have a vicious murder, a frightening asylum setting for the criminally insane, and a suspect who refuses to speak. When Theo steps in to save the day as psychotherapist to the silent Alice, well….you are in for a twisted treat, so I can’t divulge anymore!
I went into this book with expectations it would be similar to Ali ...more
Brilliant! Shocking! Addictive! Mesmerizing!
I’m stunned that this is a debut novel. The skillfully scripted storyline, the truly unforgettable characters, the pulse-pounding suspense, the consistently enthralling pace, the enticing narration – all exceptionally fantastic! This was dazzling perfection! The author, Alex Michaelides, has set the bar extremely high for any follow up novels. Wow!
I’m going to keep this short and sweet and avoid getting into any ...more
Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who has been admitted to the Grove, a forensic unit in North London. She has been charged with murdering her husband, Graham, who is a fashion photographer, after he returns home late one evening. After shooting Graham, Alicia has never spoken again.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who accepted a job at the Grove in the hopes of working with Alicia. He is obsessed with learning her motive. He knows he can get her to talk. ...more
The Silent Patient fa ...more
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So first off, can I get a “hell yeah” for Alex Michaelides for this stunning debut of a novel! I ordered this on a whim on Amazon because I didn’t want to wait through the 86 holds at my library and when it came in the mail I decided just to take one little peak. However, what actually happened, was me zooming through this thrill ride at break-neck speed and finishing it in less ...more
I have a few friends that are probably going to wonder why I am not rating this one higher. I did think it was a decent thriller and I can tell why many rate it high. But, it is also easy for me to tell why someone would rate it low. I am just going to hang out pretty close to the middle
The best part of this book was definitely the resolution. The build up to it was okay, but not all that suspenseful to me. There were a few big moments throughout the book, but it was mainly just ex ...more
This was a wild ride!
I’d been looking forward to this thriller for absolutely ages – and it was definitely worth the wait in my opinion.
Theo is a psychotherapist, recently moved to a new institution as he is fascinated by the woman referred to as The Silent Patient.
Alicia shot her husband in the face five times, then proceeded to try and ta ...more
I listened to the audio. Both narrators were brilliant! The audio might have actually enhanced this novel! The narration was that good! Would make a good first listen. Both narrators made it very easy to follow.
I will give the book kudos for making me not be able to put it damn down!! But I wanted to smack everyone six ways until Sunday!! I don’t even know how I truly feel so I’m staying in the middle at 3
So I loved the little twist at the end; but I didn’t! I don’t freaking know!! I can say, I’m glad I read it, but I will never buy it!
The End!! Goodbye! Tootleloo!
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
“Alicia joined the ranks of other briefly famous murders; faces we remember, but whose names we forget”.
NOT Theo Faber!! He ‘never’ forgot - even though nearly six years have gone by.
Alicia was admitted to a mental institution- rather than prison - even though all evidence pointed to her killing her husband.
Characters were under-developed and flat. ...more
Theo is a psychotherapist who has issues of his own (don’t they all?) but he finagles his way into a job at a psychiatric facility so he can work with Alicia, a patient who was found guilty some years earlier of killing her husband, Gabriel, by shooting him in the face 5 times. She has not spoken a word in the years since the murder and Theo ...more
The Written Review 2.5 stars
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Alicia Berensons has fascinated a nation...for all the wrong reasons.
We're all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.
She was (is?) a renowned painter, she's married to a famous fashion photographer (Gabriel) and lives ...more
i really enjoy how this story weaves together theo fabers wor ...more