Booker’s Books Review of “The Silent Patient"

Posted by Terri Booker on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 10:00am

Booker’s Books Review  “The Silent Patient,” a debut novel by Alex MichaelidesWhen I visit my son and daughter-in-law, I almost always visit the Amazon store which is close to them.  There is something about a book store or a library that I desire, enjoy, and need in my life. I was searching for a new “read” and browsed through the many options that were available. I decided on "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides. This was his debut novel (and I tend to love to try someone’s debut) so away I went with this book in hand. 

 Alicia Berenson, a famous painter is married to Gabriel, a fashion photographer, and they seem to have a fabulous life living in London and seeing their dreams of artists’ lives being fulfilled. Then one evening Gabriel returns home late when Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia is admitted to “The Grove,” an insane asylum, and six years later she still has not spoken a word. Enter Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, who is obsessed with Alicia’s case and who seeks the job of being her therapist so he can unravel the mystery of why she hasn’t spoken. Theo’s life is unraveled within the story of Alicia as well. The book pulls you in as you wonder why Theo’s life important to this story, and as Theo treats Alicia, you are pulled in as to why she hasn’t spoken.  With great twists and writing, this is one book that you will start to read and not want to put down.

I'm curious: What is one book that you have read that you just couldn’t put down?

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