The Silent Patient
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 Times, New York Times, Australian and Irish bestseller.