The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a debut novel that will blow your mind. A brilliantly written thriller that will have you wondering what in the world happened the night Alice stopped talking. This book received quite a bit of advance buzz, which often leaves me skeptical. But Michaelides does not disappoint. If he can keep this kind of writing going, he will be an author to reckon with.
The Silent Patient centers around Alice Berenson, a famous artist who seemingly out-of-the-blue shoots her husband, Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. Alice captures the fascination of criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber, who seeks a job at the Grove as her doctor. Theo is determined to be the one to “heal” Alice out of her six-year silence and discover once and for all what happened that night. Readers are taken back to Alice’s childhood and early years with Gabriel. We’re also introduced to Theo’s personal life and his relationship with his wife, Kathy. Told in alternate voices between Theo and the pages of Alice’s journal, The Silent Patient is an intricately woven mystery with an ending that will blindside you in a believable fashion.
~ Leslie M.