Review of ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

This book has so much buzz about it. I can confirm it’s one of those thrillers you have to read in 24 hours! Short chapters, cliffhangers, twists and suspense. I wouldn’t say that I loved the book, but I did find it a compelling page-turner as I really wanted to find out what happened next. It’s not your usual thriller as the main narrator is a psychotherapist who is battling his own demons. Alongside his narrative is the diary of a patient. Neither of them can be trusted. I thought the psychotherapy theme was very interesting, although in my opinion it doesn’t leave a good impression of this field on the reader.

The story is about a therapist called Theo Faber who requests a transfer from Broadmoor to a run-down psychiatric unit called The Grove. He specifically wants to treat a patient, Alicia Berenson, who is locked up for the unexplained murder of her husband. Since then, she has not spoken a word. Theo is determined to find out what really happened and to gain her trust so that she will finally speak. I won’t give any more information because that would be spoilers.

If you like thrillers and are not put off by graphic details of the murder, give this one a read. There are some great twists towards the end that I did not see coming.

13 thoughts on “Review of ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides”

  1. This one has been on my TBR list for a very long time and I’m getting more and more keen to read it after reading all the reviews. Glad to see that you enjoyed it too!

    1. I wanted to read it after seeing the reviews and then by good luck I found it in a charity shop for £1! Otherwise I would have waited a lot longer to read. I look forward to hearing what you think if you do read it 🙂

  2. Yeah…I have been seeing this one EVERYWHERE…and your review just confirmed that this one is an absolutely amazing thriller THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!!! 😍😍 Going to add it to my the now…LOOVEDD YOUR CONCISE AND TO THE POINT REVIEW!!😍

    1. Wow thank you! And thanks for following my blog 🙂
      This book has been all over the blogs, which made me curious! I was lucky to find it really cheap in a charity shop. If you love thrillers with twists, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book. Thanks for your comments 🙂

    1. It’s been hyped a lot, I wouldn’t say it completely lived up to it but is well worth a read 🙂

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