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Bookzilla Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

5/5 stars

“We often mistake love for fireworks- for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and consistent.”

excerpt from the silent patient

My obsession with this book all started from the Barnes and Noble commercial about the employee who recommends “The Silent Patient” on the Barnes and Noble short list as a great psychological thriller with an interesting twist at the end. I’ve never really indulge in the thriller type books but I love to watch these types of movies and television shows so I did what any normal person would do. I checked my book sources, Amazon & Goodreads, for book ratings and skimmed through reviews hoping not to get any spoilers. It has more praise than anything and I’ve been trying to find books to help me diversify my reading selections so why not give it a chance.

The book is broken down into four parts, telling the story about a painter named Alicia, who is assumed to be happily married to her husband Gabriel. Gabriel comes home from work one evening and is murdered by Alicia. It is after that moment Alicia never speaks a word again so no one ever knows the real reason as to why she committed the crime. Well, that is until a psychotherapist named Theo comes into the picture and tries to get her to recall and talk about the events leading up to the murder that ensued. He has been wanting to work with her for years and finally gets the opportunity. Within doing so, Theo is taken on his very own twisting pathway into his reasoning behind the determination to work with her. 

This book was a MASTERPIECE! I’m not going to lie to you, it was a REAL struggle for me to get through part 1 which was like the first 7 or 8 chapters. I was really about to just put the book in my DNF pile but my suspense spidey sense was tingling due to so many great reviews I read about this book so I decided to keep going. I am so glad I did because after part one the story had my suspense on 100. Then when the ULTIMATE plot twist dropped I was like wait WHATTTT?!?!?! 

I had to keep going back to make sure I was getting the plot correctly. Man oh man let me just say, it was definitely not expected at all and I’m pretty good at predicting a story as I’m sure every book lover is. It is a page turner for sure. I originally rented the audiobook from the library but I plan to buy this book for my personal library. Plus, I want to reread to put all the pieces back together and fully understand the story with knowing the end result. 

I’m hoping to read more great works from this writer. If you are a mystery reader go ahead and put this on your book list. Link to book below.

The Silent Patient

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