The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

eBook - 2019
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"An unforgettableand Hollywood-boundnew thriller...A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
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Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive...

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 tabloids and spotlight 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 determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....


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msbedelia18
Feb 28, 2021

I could not get into this, in part because of the psychotherapist's continued and unironic use of the word "mad" as in "crazy". I know it's fiction, but as a mental health practitioner myself, it felt so overdramatic and not true to life. I ended up being unable to finish the book, but looked up the rest of the plot out of curiosity. I'm glad I didn't finish it.

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kelleyb_0
Feb 25, 2021

An outstanding read. The characters are well developed over the entire span of the book. The twists and turns are unexpected. The ending is totally unexpected. For thriller readers, The Silent Patient is a must read.

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0007548100dmw
Feb 03, 2021

A most interesting book! The author is able to grab one and immerse them into the book quickly. Couldn't put it down and the ending totally surprised me. Very good book!

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ReaderG
Feb 02, 2021

What a perfectly crafted twisted story.

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kwsmith
Feb 01, 2021

Plot driven psychological thriller about an artist who murders her husband (and mysteriously refuses to speak) and a psychotherapist who is very determined to uncover the mystery. It's a perfectly executed thriller with a big plot twist at the end, but I found it a bit dull mostly because all of the characters are poorly developed (this one is all about the plot). I suspect this would make a better movie than a book.

AndreaG_KCMO Jan 27, 2021

A gripping, twisting story that actually caught me off-guard, but events and characterization are left so underdeveloped as to detract noticeably from the reading experience. I somehow skipped seven chapters and didn't question my confusion until I was three-fourths through the book. This was mostly possibly because the chapters (and conversations and internal monologues) were so clipped that I didn't have a deep understanding of or attachment to them. So unfortunate! With greater length and substance, this could have been a special book.

JCLBrittanyC Jan 13, 2021

Let me just say the premise of this book is Alicia Berenson kills her husband, and then becomes completely mute. LIKE WHAT. Alicia is then admitted into a psychiatric hospital where she talks to no one and leaves her husband’s murder a complete mystery. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist that is determined to figure out this mysterious murder. Little does Theo know, there is A LOT to unpack in this case. I will say it is a slow burn, but when you get to the last third, you can’t put it down. This was a rollercoaster ride I wasn’t for and honestly the complexities of it took me a moment to realize all that was being uncovered. If you are looking for a real psychological thriller, give this one a go and I promise you won’t see the end coming

LoganLib_Meg Jan 12, 2021

I found this a good quick absorbing read. I selected it as it often appears on recommended reading lists and I can see why. A few discrepancies in storytelling detract from an otherwise great book with the ultimate twist saved to the end.

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blairpettit
Jan 03, 2021

Loved it! A wonderfully written thriller that pulls you in from the start and ends with an absolute shock. Everything you could want in a fast mystery read.

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esrobbins
Dec 22, 2020

A quick read. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly. A good psychological thriller. The author has a strong understanding of what makes people/characters act they way they do. The undercurrent of the story is how the things in our childhood have shaped us into our adult selves.

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mroufael
Sep 30, 2020

"No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, "A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby."

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"Sometimes it's hard to grasp why the answers to the present lie in the past."

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" I didn't want to die. Not yet; not when I hadn't live. This gave me a kind of hope, however murky and ill defined."

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"Somehow grasping at vanishing snowflakes is like grasping at happiness: an act of possession that instantly gives way to nothing."

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"The development of our personalities doesn't take place in isolation, but in relationship with others - we are shaped and completed by unseen, unremembered forces; namely, our parents."

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