Finally! Finally I am sharing my thoughts on one of this year’s most anticipated reads! And what a read! I’m not over it. This novel had been recommended to me by many bloggers and, guys, you were right!
Happy UK publication day, Mr Michaelides!!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Orion and Poppy for making me a happy blogger!
Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Publisher: Orion Books
Date of hardback publication: 7th February 2019
Format: uncorrected bound proof
Number of pages: 339
Only she knows what happened.
Only I can make her speak.
I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me.
Sometimes I think-
No. I won’t write about that.
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
I treasure it so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to drive me crazy.
Sometimes I think-
Yes, I will write about that.
What can I say that many wonderful and comprehensive reviews haven’t already discussed about The Silent Patient?
Never had silence sound so deafening.
Oh, my. What a read! This novel is an intricate game of minds but reads so easily that you get lost in the plot, absorbed by the pages, before the end of the opening. Snippets of diaries from a woman, Alicia. The winding path of a psychotherapist, Theo. And noise. Noise all around that keep you on your toes. But you can’t hear it. You feel it. Alex Michaelides’s writing is more than brilliant. I didn’t get the movie feeling while reading his work. It was more than that. My brain and all my senses were alert. I smelled mystery, I felt fear, I heard the inaudible, I tasted blood, I touch coldness, I saw reality. Different realities, actually.
A couple of times in the past, I have had issues connecting to a novel involving therapists, which is weird because they make wonderful characters to dissect, they often pick up interesting details and are useless when it comes to their own issues! But far from the hollow cliché protagonists I encountered before, Theo is a fascinating main character. Yes, he is a psychotherapist, but I didn’t hold it against him. I truly enjoyed seeing events through his eyes, following his train of thoughts to come to conclusions I might not agree with but which made sense. I was so engrossed in the events slowly revealing themselves to me that I did not see the signs…
Why was he so keen on working a dead case? What spurred him to want to enter the mind of a woman everyone else had given up on? With brio and the perfect skill to put down into words the complicate relations between a psychotherapist and their patient, Alex Michaelides intertwined two lives for the journey of a lifetime.
Alicia. An artist, a wife. Well, no, more exactly, a widow. Let’s not forget that at the core of this novel lays the body of a man shot dead with his wife standing before him. Right away, I wanted to jump into her head and find answers. The entries of her diary are so mysterious, filled with love, fear, worry, and hidden thoughts even paper can’t take. I could relate to her finding solace in writing. I have a similar habit, except I then publish them. And I haven’t been suspected of killing my husband. Massive difference between us here!
But better than looking for clues to solve the how her husband died, Theo goes on a quest to save Alicia, whose voice died the same day as her beloved one. This is a two-way quest, though, and we learn as much about Theo as we do about Alicia, like balls on parallel lines bumping into each other, colliding in the strangest, strongest, and most intimate way. They say that when you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into you. Well, while Theo tries to break Alice’s walls, she carefully dismantles his own safe house.
The closer Theo gets to getting Alicia to speak again, the more dangerous it becomes. But for who?
Only I know what happened.
Only the author can speak.
Yes. I was speechless. A massive wave washed over me as I was nearing the end, taking me away from sanity and shaking my head in disbelief, biting my lip as one of the most incredible twist played with my mind and nerves, making me reach for the next page faster, with an urgency I didn’t know I was capable of.
Many of my fellow bloggers had warned me I would love this novel. I didn’t love it. I adored it. There is something so satisfying in giving an author your time and attention, to be rewarded with a unique and thrilling voice in your head, whispering the story of characters that will haunt you for a long time.
This thriller is OUT NOW! Grab your copy! Amazon