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….
I heard so many great things about the Silent Patient! It seemed to be on everyone’s TBR page and everyone who read it fell in love with it! So of course I bought it!
I have to say I loved it! I devoured the book!
Alex Michaelides spun a story so engrossing and entertaining that you just want to see Dr. Theo reach Alicia, to make her speak, to help her! You don’t even see the twist coming until it hits you in the face. You think you are ready and you’re watching for it and figuring it out. This is a good one…a twist unlike what I ever expected. Everyone has their own version of what happened, of who everyone really is, which begs the question what do we ever really know?
The Silent Patient is a true Psychological Thriller one that reminds me why this is my favorite genre.