The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible?

Summary
One day Alicia Berenson, living in a seemingly happy marriage, shots her husband in the face five times and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, made it his mission to figure out why she did it.

Writing
There is nothing special about this writing style. It’s simple and compendious. It complements the story very well, not taking the attention away from the plot, but allowing you to focus entirely on what is happening on the page.

Characters
The characters and their lives are surprisingly rich for a book like this one. I don’t read many thrillers, but the ones I stumble upon usually don’t make the effort to make the characters seem so… alive. This one did. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t stop reading it.

When I first discovered that a big part of this book is about the main character being stuck in an unhappy marriage I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. It’s such a cliche in books like this one and I really dislike it. But it was put in there for a reason. And it’s a damn good one. So trust the author’s decision and enjoy the ride.

Plot
I am not going to try to lie to you. I didn’t figure out the truth until the very, very end. And the truth was never even on my radar.

The story is filled with many, many red herrings, but not one bit of it is unimportant. It’s definitely not a fast-paced novel, but it’s hard to put down. This puzzle is too interesting to walk away from. You just need to know how it’s going to end.

Overall
It’s a great, fast read. It’s a story filled with twists and turns you are not going to see coming. And it’s based on a Greek myth! What’s there not to love?

TW: domestic abuse, child abuse, suicide attempt

5

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