The Silent Patient: The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday Times bestselling thriller and Richard & Judy book club pick Paperback – 15 July 2019
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Masterly plotting, Hitchcockian suspense and an absolute jaw-dropper of an ending. Read this book! (LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of THE HUNTING PARTY)
Intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read (THE TIMES - Crime Book of the Month)
I read it in two nights and savoured every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist (DAVID BALDACCI)
Smart, sophisticated suspense - a very fine novel by any standard (LEE CHILD)
The perfect thriller. I quite literally couldn't put it down (A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW)
A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel (THE OBSERVER)
The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master (BBC CULTURE)
One of the best thrillers I've read this year. Masterfully plotted and brilliantly paced by a writer at the top of his game (CARA HUNTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME)
A superior psycho-thriller (THE TIMES)
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- Publisher : Orion (15 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1409181634
- ISBN-13 : 978-1409181637
- Item Weight : 240 g
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- The Silent Patient, Alex Michelides
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Promising to be the debut novel of the season. The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive...
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 perfect catch of the book is in starting itself to reveal the heinous crime done by protagonist Alicia Berenson. It was clear to the investigating team that Alicia was the accused and the gripping theme of the book is that she does not speak. That becomes the mere mystery. It was made out from her silence that there was more to the story and behind the murder of his husband Gabrial.
The story narrated by Theo Faber is really hooking. I enjoyed the history of Theo Faber and his motivation to become Psychotherapist. A genuine lover. Any girl would long for. He is another protagonist of the book. His efforts to save Alicia and make her talk is the main thriller of the book because that reveals the line sequence of Alicia's life before killing her husband.
I read such an intriguing book after a long time. This reminded me of "The girl on the train"
Overall, I loved the writing style of the book, The sequence of incidents mentioned. The characters of the book are all independent, determined and tough. To take the situation under control no matter the consequences. All the characters were really provoking in the sense of living up to the things we ever wanted. This book is excellent from an entertainment point of view, heavy to handle because it has heart-breaks and also concludes how to be like Theo. Even after having a difficult childhood, Theo gets out so strong with the help of Ruth and also manages to save his married life. I really really loved Theo. A lot!!!
Apart from the sudden twist in the story, my part love for this book exists because of the quotes and psychological way of writing it.
Book rating- 5/5 for the love of Theo!!!
By Deotima on 26 August 2019
Looking forward to the next book by this author.
By AKANSHA on 7 May 2019
Looking forward to the next book by this author.
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I succumbed to the hype and purchased this book only to end up being painfully (almost literally) disappointed. Like many of the other poor reviews I read on Amazon (and mercifully there are enough of them to support my opinion), this book is an example of how anything can make millions of it’s marketed well enough. But it’s so unfair to some of the talented writers out there struggling to get a look in. Plot? Ridiculous. Knowledge of psychotherapy? Verging on dangerous and for the most part unethically represented. Writing style? Cringe worthy , stilted and overly explanatory ... what happened to the ‘show not tell’ mantra of good creative writing? Character development? Embarrassingly one dimensional and frankly boring. Twists? Seriously ... it’s a joke! And as for the typos, the confusing misuse of tenses and basic grammar - horrifying! And the guy supposedly has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge!
I predict that this, when played out on the silver screen, headlined no doubt by another big celebrity like Thurman or Lawerence, will flop in the same way Mr Michaelidis’ other two screenplays did. It’s inevitable. The guy may have a bucket load if high profile connections but he’s an average/poor writer at best. But I suppose what does he care? He’s making a fortune. That makes him a good business man .. . at least.
Lovers of big twists may be tempted, but I found it both predictable and, paradoxically, implausible. The Stephen Fry who declares this to be 'brilliant' on the dust cover can't be the Stephen Fry we are all thinking of. Avoid.
The narrator , Theo Faber, is a young psychotherapist, who seizes on the opportunity to work with the patient, Alicia Berenson, in the hope of helping her, and in particular restoring her speech. To say more about the action would be to spoil the experience of being carried along by the plot. It's a novel that can very nearly be read at a sitting, and once past a certain point, is extremely difficult to put down.
On the basis of all this, it would seem the book falls automatically into the highest bracket, yet I do have some reservations. That it is a quick easy read is only partly owing to the intriguing plot. Some of the writing is flat and cliched; the diary sequences are not wholly convincing - I find them inconsistent with an agonised state of mind - there are lapses in grammar and the book needs more careful proof-reading.
The underlying idea is original and promising and it's not a book that anyone is likely to abandon half way through, but it lacks polish; it would have profited by the author standing back at the end and taking a hard critical look. At times I felt it was written in as great a rush as it is likely to be read. I have to admit, though, that it seems to have impressed a large number of people.
Having said all that, the book did have some interesting twists and turns in it and the ‘borderline’ issue didn’t put me off to the extent that I couldn’t finish it. So, yes, all in all an okay read but I do think it is over hyped and I probably won’t bother with the film adaptation that is apparently going to be made.