“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.”
You guys do not even know how long I have had this on my shelf. Do I even remember? That is beside the point, just know that I’ve had it for a while, lol. A few things stopped me from reading it immediately. The cover freaked me out first of all. Very creepy. Secondly, it has such polarizing reviews that I was sure I wouldn’t like it. I was wrong.
I enjoy reading thrillers. Some are fast paced right from the first page; others take a while to build up steam. The Silent Patient is definitely a slow burn thriller. There were very few moments ( if any) where I felt on the edge of my seat or nervous about what was about to happen. Everything happens slowly so in the end; it all comes together at once. That’s not to say that the book was boring, the book was a page turner in my opinion. I loved the buildup. The twist…shooketh! Did not see it coming and I had developed so many crazy theories in my mind. I really enjoyed how it goes back and forth between present day and journal entries as well. I felt like the characters and the plot were both well developed. Alex Michaelides definitely hit a homerun with this debut and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the future.