Artist Alicia Berenson has shot her beloved husband in the head 5 times because he came home late one evening. Since then she has not uttered a single word. She has been imprisoned in a secure mental facility where her only form of communication has been through her paintings. Psychotherapist, Theo Faber has taken an obsessive interest in Alicia, so much so that he has quit his job and moved half way across the country to treat her but to what end? To absolve her? To understand her? To save her?
There has been a phenomenal amount of hype surrounding this book and well deserved too. This is a smart and addictive thriller which drew me in and kept me hooked from the first chapter. The story is primarily narrated from Theo’s perspective and this, interspersed with individual diary entries from Alicia herself, help the story to unfold and reveal just why she is The Silent Patient.
The insane twist at the end left me gobsmacked and wondering just how Alex Michaelidis created such a convincing and captivating tale for his debut. I think one of the draws of this book is how Michaelidis has managed to write so many words about a person who has no words. This psychological thriller rendered me unsociable and was completely consuming – I devoured it in just two sittings.
Many thanks to Orion and Amber from Midas PR for sending me a copy of this novel to read in return for an honest review. The Silent Patient came out in hardcover on 07 February 2019 and was released as a paperback in December 2019 and you can buy it here
Until next time!