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The Silent Patient (edition 2021)
by Alex Michaelides (Author)
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
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Talk about a twist at the end!! In the very best way Mr. Michaelides, very late in the game, reveals something that makes me want to go back and re-read the story with this new information. Theo is the well intentioned psychiatrist and Alicia is the crazy wife who killed her husband and hasn't said a word since. As we read about Theo's attempts to help and get some back ground about Alicia, everything we think we know will get turned on it's head. This is a great ride!
It's a mix of Agatha Christie and Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"), but not as good as their books are.
I was intrigued for most of the book, had a shock towards the end, but overall felt a little flat after finishing it.
I just couldn’t put it down!! An absolute page-turner!! A book that keeps you intrigued until the end.
It was my first book from this author and I'll look for more.
If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then you should definitely pick up this book.
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The Silent Patient is narrated by Theo Faber, a psychotherapist determined to discover why Alicia Berenson, a famous artist accused of murdering her husband, has refused to speak since her husband’s death. The therapeutic setting was inspired by Michaelides’s own experience. “Therapy is very important to me and has been a major part of my life,” he says.
Running through the novel is the Greek myth of Alcestis, and Euripides’s play of the same name. The Alcestis theme is perhaps one of the reasons that The Silent Patient is finding such traction both among early readers and the tranche of movie executives who fought to option it. With its story of female sacrifice and the silencing of a woman post-trauma, it feels highly relevant in a post #MeToo world. “It’s about silence as a weapon,” Michaelides says. “And it was very clear in my head when I was writing the book that Alicia was surrounded by these men who were imprisoning her. Like Alcestis, Alicia is trapped and she’s denied a voice. It’s a lifetime of being made to think that she wasn’t worthy, she wasn’t good enough, and maybe that’s something that a lot of women [readers] have been responding to.”
The novel has already been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, with Michaelides due to write the screenplay, a fitting circularity for a novelist who has spent the past 15 years working as a screenwriter.
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 spotlight of the tabloids 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 search for the truth leads him down a terrifying path and threatens to consume him.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
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The book is about a famous painter who hasn’t spoken a word in years, since her husbands death and a psychotherapist who can’t wait to talk to her and get her to finally speak the truth about what happened. Can he get her to speak? Will the truth be once and for all told?
It’s relatable to “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris. So, if you enjoyed that book, you will be delighted with this thriller!
4.5 stars! ( )