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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Silent Patient

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


The Silent Patient is a standalone mystery thriller by Alex Michaelides and a winner of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.

This wasn't a bad book per se, but it wasn't as enticing as I thought it would be. I was expecting this to double down on the thrilling aspect and for it to focus in on Alicia and her story, but instead the lense through which you get her story is through Theo. Theo's perspective, unfortunately, I grew a bit bored of.

While I wasn't expecting the twist in it, it wasn't enough to save this from being just an okay book.

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