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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #BookReview

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #BookReview

Dear readers, there aren’t enough times we find books that make you stay up all night long without putting them down for a minute. It doesn’t end there, the context and story stays with you in your head and heart far longer than you anticipate. Have you read such a book?

Today’s book review is on a book that had my attention from the first page and had me hook till the last page. When it comes to thriller and suspense novels I do not get easily impressed. The first book that I read of this genre was from an author who needs no introduction. Dan brown’s Inferno was my introduction to the thriller genre. After reading Inferno, I kept looking for stories that would leave as heavy an impact on me and stay with me for months to come. The book “Silent Patient” kept popping up on my recommendation list and I kept rejecting it, until last week.

I was bored to death reading similar love stories and cliched machoism found in books nowadays, or maybe I am unable to find the good ones. Without much of an expectation the book was started last week and three days later when I reached the middle of the story, it was impossible to put it down.

Book: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides                                 Published on: 2019     
Genre: Thriller, Suspense                                Pages: 323
Book Review

The Silent Patient is hands down one of the best thrillers I have read in the last couple of years.

A beautiful couple (Alicia Berenson and Gabriel) who were known for their talents and then the next moment, the husband was found dead and the wife was convicted of murder. That’s how the strory begins, it grabs your attention from the first page. The story is narrated by an English psycotherapist, Theo Faber, who was dealing with a mute patient. Theo was obsessed with the whole case of Alicia Berenson and especially the accused. Will Theo get Alicia talking? What happened that night?

Fun fact

Did you know that the auther, Alex Michaelides, had worked at a secure psychiatric facility for teeenagers while he was a psycotheraphy student? A story has to have a bits of turth sprinkled somewhere in the story to make the fiction belivable. Each story has some fragements of truth in there, fiction is a journey an author and reader go through together.

The job of a author is done well if after the last page the reader remains in a trance or engulfed in the story to forgoe the realty for a moment. This book does that to you. The USP of this book is its skillful building of suspense which goes till the end of the story. It would be wonderful to see this story turn into a movie or a series, I am sure it is going to be hit.

“An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory.”
New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
From the Blurb

“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.

If you an ardent fan of thriller and suspense genre then this book is a must read. Stop reading any reviews of this book and read the book, I promise you won’t regret it. The silent Patient, is going to be in my recomendation list for a really long time to come.

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