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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

5 Hoots

A silent patient. Murder. A dark secret. What more could you ask for?

Alicia was a famous painter with what appeared to be the perfect life. She was happily married to a well known fashion photographer and her life seemed picture perfect. That is until the night that she shot him six times in the face. A couple of years passed and no one knew exactly what happened because the only witness, her, had not uttered a word since that night. That is where Theo comes in, he is a criminal psychotherapist with a goal of finding out what happened that night.

The book itself bounces between pages of Alicia’s diary and Theo. What was interesting to me was the fact that Theo had a lot of his own problems. We didn’t get the element where there was a perfect therapist dealing with a broken patient. In fact we got a therapist who had some self esteem issues, marriage issues, and an unusual obsession with Alicia. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the flawed narrator because it made him more believable. The way Michaelides wrote these characters made them come off the page. I could without a doubt picture this becoming a movie.

I could not put this book down. It was so strange reading portions of Alicia’s diary where she was so in love with her husband and knowing how that ended for her. What was the turning point for her? What caused her to go from insanely in love to just plain insane? Theo did an amazing job finding the broken pieces of her past and getting to the truth of that fateful night. But of course in a good psychological thriller things are never really that straight forward. There are twists and red herrings along the way, one major plot point I think was pretty obvious but it was still entertaining.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the twists held within it. Like I said, there was one piece of the story that I thought was glaringly obvious, but maybe that was just to me. Figuring out that one piece actually just made it more interesting because it made me want to understand how it was possible. As I read the story it was like receiving bread crumbs and it was not until the very end that everything finally made sense. If you are looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing, this is the one for you.

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