The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Hiiii, I’m back after a short interlude of not posting, and I can’t be more excited to be getting back to reviewing πŸ˜€

Ohhhhhh I understand now why this book is getting so much buzz: it is dangerously impossible to put down. DO NOT (and I repeat, DO NOT) read this book if you want to go to sleep and wake up ready to face reality, because, aha, that’s never gonna happen.

I went into it knowing nothing, I was completely blind, and that, without a doubt, is the best way to read this novel. Any small, seemingly insignificant slip in the way you describe the plot to someone could shatter the impact of it, and dilute the overall experience of reading it. I have never read anything quite so captivating as this, it truly just compels you to read on. A psychotherapist, Theo Faber, narrates the story, showing him as he worms his way into a job at a mental-health facility. He’s particularly fascinated by Alicia Berenson, a famous patient there who has remained silent for years. But he thinks he can make her talk. He thinks he can connect with this women who lived a seemingly perfect life as a well-known artist, until she shot her husband. He delves deeper into her case, and feels a need to figure out why she did it, too strong to disregard.

The chapters are quick and strong punches, manipulating you into saying “oh, just one more chapter” again and again and again. The story has so many threads and small pockets of secrets to uncover at each turn, piling more and more questions onto you until you’re itching to know and you’re almost there and you can feel the answer dancing around in you brain just out of your grasp. Its full of thrills, chills and charismatic narration that begs you to read on.

I cannot recommend this gripping novel more. Jump into it with no preparation or thought (actually, you might want to clear a few days in your schedule…!) and just be seduced by the magical power of the words.


Byeeeeeee πŸ˜›

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