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The Silent Patient: The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday...

The Silent Patient: The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday Times bestselling thriller and Richard & Judy book club pick

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Best book I have read after a long time.

Reviewed in India on 24 February 2019

Perhaps some of us are born evil, and despite our best efforts we remain that way

Promising to be the debut novel of the season. The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a womans act of violence against her husband - and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive...

Alicia Berensons 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 Londons 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.

Alicias 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 motivationsa search for the truth that threatens to consume him...

The perfect catch of the book is in starting itself to reveal the heinous crime done by protagonist Alicia Berenson. It was clear to the investigating team that Alicia was the accused and the gripping theme of the book is that she does not speak. That becomes the mere mystery. It was made out from her silence that there was more to the story and behind the murder of his husband Gabrial.

The story narrated by Theo Faber is really hooking. I enjoyed the history of Theo Faber and his motivation to become Psychotherapist. A genuine lover. Any girl would long for. He is another protagonist of the book. His efforts to save Alicia and make her talk is the main thriller of the book because that reveals the line sequence of Alicias life before killing her husband.

Overall, I loved the writing style of the book, The sequence of incidents mentioned. The characters of the book are all independent, determined and tough. To take the situation under control no matter the consequences. All the characters were really provoking in the sense of living up to the things we ever wanted. This book is excellent from an entertainment point of view, heavy to handle because it has heart-breaks and also concludes how to be like Theo. Even after having a difficult childhood, Theo gets out so strong with the help of Ruth and also manages to save his married life. I really really loved Theo. A lot!!!

Apart from the sudden twist in the story, my part love for this book exists because of the quotes and psychological way of writing it.

Book rating- 5/5 for the love of Theo!!!

Reviewed in India on 23 September 2020

Book industry hype fools us ... again!

I dont normally write reviews but on this occasion I feel so annoyed at being conned out of my fiver by the book industry moguls that I simply had to have my say. I succumbed to the hype and purchased this book only to end up being painfully (almost literally) disappointed. Like many of the other poor reviews I read on Amazon (and mercifully there are enough of them to support my opinion), this book is an example of how anything can make millions of its marketed well enough. But its so unfair to some of the talented writers out there struggling to get a look in. Plot? Ridiculous. Knowledge of psychotherapy? Verging on dangerous and for the most part unethically represented. Writing style? Cringe worthy , stilted and overly explanatory ... what happened to the show not tell mantra of good creative writing? Character development? Embarrassingly one dimensional and frankly boring. Twists? Seriously ..

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Best book I have read after a long time.

Reviewed in India on 24 February 2019

Perhaps some of us are born evil, and despite our best efforts we remain that way

Promising to be the debut novel of the season. The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a womans act of violence against her husband - and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive...

Alicia Berensons 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 Londons 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.

Alicias 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 motivationsa search for the truth that threatens to consume him...

The perfect catch of the book is in starting itself to reveal the heinous crime done by protagonist Alicia Berenson. It was clear to the investigating team that Alicia was the accused and the gripping theme of the book is that she does not speak. That becomes the mere mystery. It was made out from her silence that there was more to the story and behind the murder of his husband Gabrial.

The story narrated by Theo Faber is really hooking. I enjoyed the history of Theo Faber and his motivation to become Psychotherapist. A genuine lover. Any girl would long for. He is another protagonist of the book. His efforts to save Alicia and make her talk is the main thriller of the book because that reveals the line sequence of Alicias life before killing her husband.

Overall, I loved the writing style of the book, The sequence of incidents mentioned. The characters of the book are all independent, determined and tough. To take the situation under control no matter the consequences. All the characters were really provoking in the sense of living up to the things we ever wanted. This book is excellent from an entertainment point of view, heavy to handle because it has heart-breaks and also concludes how to be like Theo. Even after having a difficult childhood, Theo gets out so strong with the help of Ruth and also manages to save his married life. I really really loved Theo. A lot!!!

Apart from the sudden twist in the story, my part love for this book exists because of the quotes and psychological way of writing it.

Book rating- 5/5 for the love of Theo!!!

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Reviewed in India on 26 August 2019

Alicia Berenson shoots her husband Gabriel five times in the head and condemns herself to silence forever. She s thought to have committed the crime due her unstable mind and is judged to spend her life in a home for such accused people, called The Grove.The nature of this judgement is helped by Dr Diomedes, the eccentric incharge of the same institution not only due to Alicia s troubled previous mental health and self harm but at the crime scene she s found with her wrists slashed and with a lot of blood loss, she s hospitalised too,upon return, she paints the scene uninterrupted and indicates she be the culprit, naming the painting Alcestis!Psychotherapist Theo leaves his present job and joins The Grove. His drive is Alicia herself, who he follows since the time of the murder and who he believe s can be brought out from the silence by none other than himself.So, Theo on joining the institution, faces both adversity and help from his colleagues and boss but gets permission to be in therapy with Alicia. Does Alicia respond? Does she speak?After numerous varied attempts, digging into family past and counter questioning characters a many like Max Berenson, Jean Felix, Paul Rose and also Dr Christian West.To give it away she does speak! But not before she gives Dr Theo her diary, to reveal her troubled childhood and psychic death.Parallelly we know that Theo himself has had an abused childhood and himself has had therapy from Dr Ruth for long, however, his partner Kathy has been a breather in his life. The saddest part is, Theo discovers Kathy is cheating. He doesnt confront her, just lets the pain be in fear of loosing his most potent drug after marijuana! He instead shadows them and her partner in a crazy sadistic way!The rest is the twist, which makes this book a 5/5 🌟 read and one of my best this year!Find out for yourself,what happened when Alicia spoke?Whats the aftermath? Why she killed and whats the significance of Alcestis!Its a beautifully written thriller, with a karma twist, its unpredictable, edgy and so real life!Shows how much of a pretence life is..

Reviewed in India on 26 August 2019

Alicia Berenson shoots her husband Gabriel five times in the head and condemns herself to silence forever. She s thought to have committed the crime due her unstable mind and is judged to spend her life in a home for such accused people, called The Grove.The nature of this judgement is helped by Dr Diomedes, the eccentric incharge of the same institution not only due to Alicia s troubled previous mental health and self harm but at the crime scene she s found with her wrists slashed and with a lot of blood loss, she s hospitalised too,upon return, she paints the scene uninterrupted and indicates she be the culprit, naming the painting Alcestis!Psychotherapist Theo leaves his present job and joins The Grove. His drive is Alicia herself, who he follows since the time of the murder and who he believe s can be brought out from the silence by none other than himself.So, Theo on joining the institution, faces both adversity and help from his colleagues and boss but gets permission to be in therapy with Alicia. Does Alicia respond? Does she speak?After numerous varied attempts, digging into family past and counter questioning characters a many like Max Berenson, Jean Felix, Paul Rose and also Dr Christian West.To give it away she does speak! But not before she gives Dr Theo her diary, to reveal her troubled childhood and psychic death.Parallelly we know that Theo himself has had an abused childhood and himself has had therapy from Dr Ruth for long, however, his partner Kathy has been a breather in his life. The saddest part is, Theo discovers Kathy is cheating. He doesnt confront her, just lets the pain be in fear of loosing his most potent drug after marijuana! He instead shadows them and her partner in a crazy sadistic way!The rest is the twist, which makes this book a 5/5 🌟 read and one of my best this year!Find out for yourself,what happened when Alicia spoke?Whats the aftermath? Why she killed and whats the significance of Alcestis!Its a beautifully written thriller, with a karma twist, its unpredictable, edgy and so real life!Shows how much of a pretence life is..

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After a very long time Ive read such a thrilling book.. the story is very direct and captures you in every word. Not a word is wasted as the author wrote the story in simple but captivating words and does not wanders with subplots that usually happens when you read a psychological thriller. While reading I observed that all the pages and words are directed and focused on telling me the story of the protagonist. And every word has a meaning in this book. So do not skim through pages. I loved it. I wish all the psychological thrillers were like this.

After a very long time Ive read such a thrilling book.. the story is very direct and captures you in every word. Not a word is wasted as the author wrote the story in simple but captivating words and does not wanders with subplots that usually happens when you read a psychological thriller. While reading I observed that all the pages and words are directed and focused on telling me the story of the protagonist. And every word has a meaning in this book. So do not skim through pages. I loved it. I wish all the psychological thrillers were like this.

Looking forward to the next book by this author.

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Reviewed in India on 23 September 2020

Book industry hype fools us ... again!

I dont normally write reviews but on this occasion I feel so annoyed at being conned out of my fiver by the book industry moguls that I simply had to have my say. I succumbed to the hype and purchased this book only to end up being painfully (almost literally) disappointed. Like many of the other poor reviews I read on Amazon (and mercifully there are enough of them to support my opinion), this book is an example of how anything can make millions of its marketed well enough. But its so unfair to some of the talented writers out there struggling to get a look in. Plot? Ridiculous. Knowledge of psychotherapy? Verging on dangerous and for the most part unethically represented. Writing style? Cringe worthy , stilted and overly explanatory ... what happened to the show not tell mantra of good creative writing? Character development? Embarrassingly one dimensional and frankly boring. Twists? Seriously ..

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A Book that Needs to be read to experience

Reviewed in India on 8 February 2020

When you hear a lot about a book, one would keep high expectations with the same. The result could be you get either be satisfied with it or could end up being disappointed. The Silent Patient had been one of those books that I dwelved into with high expectations with the rave reviews it had been receiving and here is my take on it.

Silent Patient is the story of Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who takes up a job at The Grove which is famous for one of its patients, Alicia Berenson. Alicia Berenson, a budding artist had one day tied her husband to a chair and shot him five times on his face. What followed was her silence throughout her conviction and a mystery that was never solved. Theo looked up to solve the mystery and get Alicia to talk on it which forms the rest of the plot.

I honestly hated this book. I mean this book made me leave all my work apart just so that I could finish it. The twist was brilliant. The plot was pretty neat. One would keep turning the pages just to see what would go on next. I couldnt keep my hands off the book and took me just one day to finish up the entire novel. Such books make you mad if you are not able to finish it.

A lot of other reviews have been calling it pretty meh and predictable but my view has been entirely different. For one, being a huge fan of mystery novels, I couldnt get to the plot twist till the last few chapters of the book which put me in shock throughout. Being a debut novel of the author, it had not only met my expectations, it has apparently exceeded it.

A Book that Needs to be read to experience

When you hear a lot about a book, one would keep high expectations with the same. The result could be you get either be satisfied with it or could end up being disappointed. The Silent Patient had been one of those books that I dwelved into with high expectations with the rave reviews it had been receiving and here is my take on it.

Silent Patient is the story of Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who takes up a job at The Grove which is famous for one of its patients, Alicia Berenson. Alicia Berenson, a budding artist had one day tied her husband to a chair and shot him five times on his face. What followed was her silence throughout her conviction and a mystery that was never solved. Theo looked up to solve the mystery and get Alicia to talk on it which forms the rest of the plot.

I honestly hated this book. I mean this book made me leave all my work apart just so that I could finish it. The twist was brilliant. The plot was pretty neat. One would keep turning the pages just to see what would go on next. I couldnt keep my hands off the book and took me just one day to finish up the entire novel. Such books make you mad if you are not able to finish it.

A lot of other reviews have been calling it pretty meh and predictable but my view has been entirely different. For one, being a huge fan of mystery novels, I couldnt get to the plot twist till the last few chapters of the book which put me in shock throughout. Being a debut novel of the author, it had not only met my expectations, it has apparently exceeded it.

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Reviewed in India on 8 February 2021

There has been plenty of hype on this book. An objective read shows that all that is misplaced. If you are an avid reader of fiction and thrillers, you will feel the artificially constructed sequences, scenes and dialogues. The language too, is plain and is common to most of the thriller books. Almost every alternate sentence in the conversations, ends with a question: like, is it not? Does it not? Was he? Could it be? ad nauseam.

The story too is bleak and black. It is about a psychotherapist and a patient. After reading the book, the reader may most probably decide never to go to a psychotherapist in his life.

This is an honest, unbiased (please note) review.

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🌟THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a thriller which includes the Greek tragedy of Alcestis in its plot. The story is set in London and is about Theo Faber, the psychotherapist and Alicia Berenson, the patient who killed her husband.

🌟Alicia is an artist who has been silent for seven years after the murder and has only drawn a painting after the incident. Theo believes he could cure Alicia and make her talk again. In his attempts for the revival of Alicias humanity, he discovers many truths which leads to other revelations.

🌟It is a smartly written thriller and you wont put the book down until it is finished. I read it in two days along with my daily chores, and I didnt regret choosing this book. It has been a while since I bought any new books and this gift to myself was worthy.

🌟Though I loved the book very much, the climax of the novel reminded me of a British- Canadian mystery thriller film which I saw a few years ago and the uncredited Malayalam remake of the same. I have read reviews stating the plot twists were unpredictable. In my case, I was not mind blown or was not shocked by the great plot twists because of the slight similarities they had with the aforementioned movies.

🌟It was a decent thriller and the author has became a promising one from his debut itself. The neatly crafted novel with intricate psychological details increases the curiosity each time we turn the page. After reading one section we will make an assumption about a character and in the next section, the author will shatter those assumptions impeccably.

🌟It is alarming and thought provoking how the abuses and atrocities we face as a child could dangerously follow you to the future. Each characters of the novel are shaped well and has successfully imbibed to the story.

🌟Irrelevant characters and incidents used to deviate readers attention and make them assume what the twist could be are common in thrillers and the absence of the same in this book makes it a breath of fresh air. If you are a person who loves thrillers, the silent patient is the one must not be missed!

🌟THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a thriller which includes the Greek tragedy of Alcestis in its plot. The story is set in London and is about Theo Faber, the psychotherapist and Alicia Berenson, the patient who killed her husband.

🌟Alicia is an artist who has been silent for seven years after the murder and has only drawn a painting after the incident. Theo believes he could cure Alicia and make her talk again. In his attempts for the revival of Alicias humanity, he discovers many truths which leads to other revelations.

🌟It is a smartly written thriller and you wont put the book down until it is finished. I read it in two days along with my daily chores, and I didnt regret choosing this book. It has been a while since I bought any new books and this gift to myself was worthy.

🌟Though I loved the book very much, the climax of the novel reminded me of a British- Canadian mystery thriller film which I saw a few years ago and the uncredited Malayalam remake of the same. I have read reviews stating the plot twists were unpredictable. In my case, I was not mind blown or was not shocked by the great plot twists because of the slight similarities they had with the aforementioned movies.

🌟It was a decent thriller and the author has became a promising one from his debut itself. The neatly crafted novel with intricate psychological details increases the curiosity each time we turn the page. After reading one section we will make an assumption about a character and in the next section, the author will shatter those assumptions impeccably.

🌟It is alarming and thought provoking how the abuses and atrocities we face as a child could dangerously follow you to the future. Each characters of the novel are shaped well and has successfully imbibed to the story.

🌟Irrelevant characters and incidents used to deviate readers attention and make them assume what the twist could be are common in thrillers and the absence of the same in this book makes it a breath of fresh air. If you are a person who loves thrillers, the silent patient is the one must not be missed!

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A complex and wonderfully layered psychological thriller

Alicia Berenstone is a successful painter and absolutely adores her husband Gabriel. But one night, she ends up killing Gabriel in the most gruesome manner. She turns silent in the aftermath and ends up in a mental asylum after pleading madness in the court. As her last work of art before being sent to the asylum, she draws herself as Alcestis, the tragic protagonist of the play by Euripides, who is asked to die in place of her husband so that he may live. She is brought back to life but turns silent. There is the psychotherapist who says - I want to help you to see clearly.Then there is Alicia Berenstones diary which indicates a deep psychological trauma and her failing mental conditions in the weeks leading up to the murder. But the final entry is missing. It is there in an unarticulated form in the mind of the protagonist. Add to this an ensemble cast with their own motivations and lies and the web of complexities just keeps growing.

With a mind-boggling twist at the end, this book keeps you hooked in an exhilarating journey through the mind of a damaged person and has deep psychological reverberation about mental trauma and its far reaching consequences.

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Reviewed in India on 12 August 2019

I am confused about the said novel. In no way am I saddened or even excited at the ending. I certainly didnt see the main culprit coming but it defined and shattered every logic out of the window. True, the story has a lot of potentials to be a great hit. I read it in one day so that says something. No, no spoilers from me though Im tempted to throw out one or two, but Im equally impressed by the mindset of the author. This one is a time pass

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Entertaining and exciting read with full of intrigue, suspense, interesting characters & dynamics

I didnt actually have any plans to read this. I just happened to see it hanging around in the one of the book groups, took a quick peek, and thought-- why not?

Alicia was found standing near a fire place in her house where her husband was tied to the chair nearby and shot in face 5 times. She refuses to speak and doesnt give any explanation post that. Charges are filed and she is admitted to the psychiatric unit, The Grove in North London. She is an artist/painter and her husband was a popular fashion photographer. Tabloids and press go crazy over this case. Its been 7 years and Alicia has still refused to speak.

As Blurb says Theo Faber is a popular criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. He thinks he is the only one who can make her speak. He has waited for an opportunity to unravel the mystery. Now he is transferred to unit Grove. Story starts with how he is introduced in the unit and how he tries to slowly work with her along with his personal life in the other part. Theo is married to Kathy, who is an actress.

Plot was fast paced. It has few twists and turns here and there but main plot discovery comes in the end. I personally didnt like the writing style. It was sort of havoc, it wasnt like you dont understand, its just that I prefer different organized writing style. Even though books main focus is Alicia wont speak and no one is aware of truth, its intriguing enough for us to know what exactly would have happened. This book will make you turn pages faster.

Did Alicia really kill her husband, as all the evidence suggests? If so, what was her motive? Why hasnt she uttered a single word in all these years? This is a compelling mystery. Theos determination to unlock the secrets of her heart and mind slowly yields a few surprising results.

Overall, it was an entertaining and exciting read with full of intrigue, suspense, interesting characters and dynamics. Id recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller.

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