REVIEW OF ‘THE SILENT PATIENT’ BY ALEX MICHAELIDES
PUBLISHED BY ORION ON 7TH FEBRUARY 2019
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
5 STARS *****
The story pulled me in right away with its intriguing characters and sense of a chilling mystery. The plot is twisty and told in two timeframes; the present day and the past, via Alicia’s diary entries. Alicia and Theo’s characters are well-developed and there’s a constant sense of unreliable narration which keeps the reader tense and suspicious.
This book kept me reading until way past my bedtime … recommended!