The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

eBook - 2019
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"That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing—I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later—it's now 5:47 a.m.—I've finished it, absolutely dazzled." —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the WindowPromising 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....
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781250301710
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber transfers to The Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London, for the chance to analyze Alicia Berenson. A renowned painter with a seemingly perfect life and marriage, Alicia shot her husband Gabriel five times in the face one evening, and has not uttered a ... Read More »

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Oct 22, 2020

Psychological thriller in the "spirit" of Gone Girl. The "solution" of the crime is certainly clever, but the denoument of the book was a bit unsatisfactory. Like the author ran out of steam. I heard it on audio book CD format. It was well read by the two narrators. And the interview with the author at the end was really charming!

Oct 21, 2020

Good psychological thriller with a surprise ending.

Oct 19, 2020

Enjoyable read, liked this book, quite the ending.

Oct 08, 2020

I tried to predict the twist but failed. A very clever mystery around a convicted murderess who maintains complete silence. Why did she kill her husband? Her psychotherapist is determined to find out. Read it in a day. Excellent

Oct 02, 2020


Sep 23, 2020

Easily the best thriller of 2020. You’re guaranteed to read this in a single day, so plan accordingly. Without giving too much away, a woman murders her husband and a therapist is driven to figure out why (and that’s all I’m going to say about that).

Sep 21, 2020

This book was definitely a detour from what I normally read but I had heard so much about it I decided to put my name on the hold list. It was a little slow to get started but kept my interest because I wanted to find out how it ended. The end of the book has a real twist.

Sep 20, 2020

There's been a lot of hype around this book that caused me to raise my expectations, then the book didn't quite meet them.
Very easy to read with incredibly short chapters. Good writing. Was expecting a thriller, but I would say it's more psychological. Not a lot of heavy suspense. Decent plot twist at the very end.
I gave this one 4/5 stars.

Sep 13, 2020

I have no idea why this book is a best seller, the marketing team did an amazing job selling this book. The plot is silly and the characters are all unlikable. The writing is probably the worst part about this book, the style is so mediocre. The authors does a lot of telling instead of showing. I don't understand why he kept telling readers what country certain characters come from but give us nothing other than hey guys, character one is from the Caribbean and character two is Turkish. I would not recommend this book.

Sep 04, 2020

Not worth the hype.

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