Book Review: The Silent Patient

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Hello Everyone,


October is basically over and I have so much to catch up on in the next two months in order to build momentum for better blog-writing and general writing habits for 2020. While I do that, you'll see new blog posts every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tomorrow is the deadline for my novel and I'm already thinking of revisions, but since I plan to write a short story for NaNoWriMo, I will start doing my revisions in December.

Also, next weekend is YALLFest and believe me, there will be a blog post where I'll share my experience with you all.

I'm so excited!!!

Anyways, please continue reading for my review of The Silent Patient. I decided to organize things a little differently this time.




Description:


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 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....


Review:


I rarely read adult books because I don't identify with the characters and the themes involved. I picked up The Silent Patient because it was a highly circulated book in the library I work at, and that made me curious.

The MC is a painter, like I am, and I saw there was mythology involved, which totally got me hooked. I decided to venture into this book to see how it would mess me up, and that should tell you a lot about my expectations for adult books.

The Silent Patient was a really quick read for me. The chapters were short and the writing was pretty appealing, with the exceptions of the journal entries because they make me feel like I'm invading someone else's privacy. The mythology involved consisted on the story of Alcestis, a heroine that willingly sacrifices herself by dying in her husband's place when no one else would. This myth is a super important element for the understanding of the story. Theo's obsession with understanding Alicia's motives and silence also play a huge role in the story, especially as her past unfolds and Theo's personal life spirals out of control– these characters have more in common than we first believe.

To be fully honest without truly spoiling anything I must say this is not a happy ending book, or at least that's how it felt to me. I found it addictive because of how it messed with my head, and I highly recommend it. The Silent Patient is a skillfully written psychological thriller. worth the arrention it has received.


My rating:




Here is all the info for The Silent Patient :

Reading Challenge No.: 25/45

Author: Alex Michaelides

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

Format: Print

Length: 323 pages.

POV: 1st person POV. Alternating chapters of Alicia's POV (diary pages) and others through Theo's POV.

Genre: #Mystery #Thriller #Fiction

Series or Standalone? Standalone

First Sentence:

"I dont know why I'm writing this."

Favorite Character: Alicia. No comments on the reason though.

Add The Silent Patient to your Goodreads, here.


Thank you so much for reading my review. I hope you liked the new way I'm going to start organizing things around here. Please stay tuned because next week you'll get my review for The Cruel Prince and We Hunt the Flame. I might also sneak in the review for The Wicked King to get all caught up, but that's still a maybe.


I'm currently reading Serpent & Dove and There's Someone Inside Your House, to bring all the Halloween vibes into my life.


As I mentioned, tomorrow is the deadline for my novel and I'm so nervous and excited about it. I will probably get little to no sleep tonight.


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Love, Lourdes


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