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Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides


RRP: $34.99

This book was flat out creepy (and if that’s what you’re after in a thriller, then that’s good!). There were times when I simply could not put it down!

The novel centres around Alicia Berenson – who has the ‘perfect life’ – which we all know will never end well for her! Things really take a turn for the worst when she (for no apparent reason) shoots her husband and then never says another word. Her desire, or inability, to speak results in her being admitted to a secure forensic unit.

Enter Theo Faber – a psychologist determined to ‘fix’ her, or at least get her to talk. Whilst at first, he seems a character with clear motivations as the novel progresses, we discover all is not quite as it seems.

This novel is one that covers a lot of ground – exploring secrets and lies, coverups and memories, power and control, and I believe draws deeply on a number of classical myths to help structure the story.

It was a good read and a real page turner – lots of the drama and moments of revelation are kept ‘hidden’ for a long time, so it was a quick and satisfying ending.

About the Author

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother. He read English at Cambridge University and received a MA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He wrote the film Devil You Know, starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Con is On, starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. The Silent Patient, his first novel, is a Sunday TimesNew York Times, Australian and Irish bestseller.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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