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The Silent Patient

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This is a propulsive read that kept me turning the pages. The story had some major plot holes which kept it from being a 5 star read for me. 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a digital advance review copy.
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Thanks to Celadon for the ARC. This book is unfortunately not for me. I could never get into the storyline, which is why it has been on my NetGalley shelf for so long. I know that it is a widely loved book, and I am excited to try this author's new book when it releases.
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Alicia Berenson led an idyllic life as an accomplished artist and a loving wife to an established photographer. She lives her best life. So why in the world would she shoot her husband point blank in the face and then never again utter another word? She is relegated to a life drugged to the gills in a mental hospital.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychologist who has maneuvered events for the sole purpose of being the one to treat Alicia. For reasons disclosed to no one, Theo is determined to make Alicia his patient. As time moves on, he struggles to get her to communicate - even if through her painting.

How is Theo going to get Alicia to speak when no one else can. After all, it was more than evident that she indeed killed her husband. The gruesome conditions were that she was indeed covered with her husband’s blood after he was murdered. 

This book is given in two perspectives, Theo's in the form of thoughts and dialogue, and Alicia's in her diary entries. It is all very fascinating. I kept finding myself sympathetic to both Alicia and Theo, all the while knowing of her guilt and what must be his ulterior motives, but never knowing why page after page, chapter after chapter.

Have you ever read a conclusion that caused you to hold your breath as you read in disbelief? Well, that is what happened in The Silent Patient. Kudos to Alex Michaelides for writing such a shocking debut! This will no doubt be one of my top reads for this year and I would be amazed if another book took its place. If this is what this stunning new author has to offer, be certain that I will be right here for every single book to follow.

Many thanks to Celedon Books and to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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One of the best psychological thrillers Ive ever read. I was up all night finishing this book because I could not wait to see what happened next and why she shot her husband in the face. Mind twisted, enthralling and absolute brilliant writing. Cant wait to read another book by this author!
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I have read this book twice and each time I devoured it. This book has it all, murder, lies, suspense, and intrigue. It is a very well written psychological thriller that once you pick up it will be hard to put it down. The story is told in different Views and starts out with Theo who is a psychotherapist. We learn about a patient he has whose name is Alicia. Alicia has been charged in the murder of her husband who was found tied to a chair with gunshot wounds to the face. Since that time Alicia has not spoken to anyone as to her guilt or innocence and plans to keep it that way. We learn about both Theo and Alicia through conversations as well as journal entries. The author has done an immaculate job of bringing these characters together and changing the perspective between them without any confusion. The characters are not only believable but relatable as well. The interaction between them is what makes this book all the better. There are twists and turns you won’t expect and an ending that will blow you away. Hold on because this is one hell of a ride and you will not want to exit it.

10+ ⭐️

Thank you to netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A good book. Twisty and turny for sure. A good option for those who continue to love the Gone Girl / Girl on the Train phenomenon.
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I might be an idiot but I didn’t see the twist coming...Theo is a therapist who is determined to make Alicia, a semi famous artist accused of killing her husband, open up to him in the psychiatric facility she’s been relegated to since the murder. Alicia has been silent since being found with her dead husband and a gun. The story revolves around Theo’s sessions/drive to interact with Alicia, her diary entries, and theo’s discovery of his wife’s betrayal. All storylines were interesting to me and I found myself unable to put it down. I even read on the couch with the rest of my family in the room. This doesnt happen. It was fun and it felt well written. I’ve read some good psychological thrillers this past year and this ranks right up there.
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It's a hot August night when the police arrive at the Berenson home in London to find Alicia Berenson standing in her living room, staring at her husband's lifeless body as he sits tied to the chair he died in. Five shots to the face.

Alicia and her husband, Gabriel, seemed to have a good life. So how did this happen? What went wrong? And why has Alicia remained silent since that night? She refuses to speak, whether to explain or to defend herself, adding even more intrigue to this tragic case. Enter Theo Farber, a psychotherapist dedicated figuring out the mystery that is Alicia Berenson and why she refuses to speak. What follows is a story of lies, betrayal, secrets, and fast-paced suspense that will keep readers thinking they know where they're going only to be led to places they never saw coming.

Thoughts: Hold on... Give me a minute get up out of the fetal position...

This one had me rocking myself in a corner after the last page. Seriously, I had a book hangover when I was done -- I put the book down and stared up at the ceiling for a solid two minutes. My husband asked if I was okay and I didn't know how to put into words what I just read. At first, I was intrigued by the storyline and the opening pages were phenomenally creepy. And then things calmed down a bit. I wouldn't say there was a lull because it was still really interesting, and the chapters were short, so the plot moved along at a fast pace. It just wasn't as twisty at times. But then... Then it gets twisty. Like, seriously twisty. I couldn't put it down! It was easy to devour this book because the author keeps you looking for whatever is around the corner. And just when you think you know where things are headed... You don't. And the tie-in to Euripides' Alcestis was magnificent! I cannot wait to recommend this book to my book club and to everyone else I know. So good!
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I recieved an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book and will recommend it often to lovers of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels!
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As the story opens, we are introduced to Alicia indirectly, by psychotherapist, Theo. She has been accused of killing her husband and has said nothing since. The story has us learning more about Alicia and Theo, and how they end up working together at The Grove.

This is a well-written psychological thriller, written from different points of view. Alicia is the main character, committed to the hospital on the death of her husband. As her meds are lowered, she becomes more alert and eventually speaks, but is silent throughout most of the story. I enjoyed learning more about Alicia and her husband, which kept me invested in Alicia's story. I did feel bad for everything Alicia was going through, not knowing if she was guilty or not. As we learn more about Theo, I found myself losing interest somewhat, but the author does an amazing job pulling everything together at the end. There was a huge twist that blew me away near the end, and that really saved this book for me. This was a very unique story, one that intrigued me to read it. I think I had read too many glowing reviews, and the book couldn't quite measure up to the hype. If the middle hadn't been a bit slow, I would have rated this one higher. I did enjoy the psychology of this one and the characterization was well written. I was not sure if the narrators were reliable or not, and I will not answer that in this review. You need to read this one to find the answer to that and to make your own decisions about this one. It is up for a Goodreads Choice book, so only time will tell if it is a winner or not. Overall, I did enjoy this story and recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers. Congratulations to Alex Michaelides on this debut book.
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A solid thriller for sure, and one I couldn't put down! It is narrated by Theo Faber, psychotherapist and self-admitted "fucked up" person who makes it rather clear from the get-go that he's a bit of an unreliable narrator. Theo develops an obsession with Alicia Berenson, a woman convicted of killing her husband and who has no spoken a single word ever since. Determined to get to the root of why she does not speak, Theo manages to get a job in the psychiatric facility where Alicia is confined.

My favorite aspect of this book - aside from the excellent twist - is the framing of the story as a Greek tragedy. After the murder, Alicia painted a portrait of herself that she christened "Alcestis" based on the Euripedes tragedy in which a woman agrees to die in her husband's stead, only to be brought back to life with the knowledge that her husband was willing to let her die to save her own skin. It ties in nicely with the reveal and adds a literary flourish to what might otherwise have been a low-brow thriller.

The big twist was excellent. Funnily enough, I saw it coming approximately two pages before it was revealed, but not everything went the way I had anticipated. That's what I really enjoyed about this book: it defied a lot of my expectations and kept twisting and playing with my assumptions. Obviously it's hard to go into detail without giving away spoilers, so I'll just say that it's definitely a tragic tale, with no happy endings for anyone, and with morally gray people throughout.

So: compelling, surprising, and tragic, with a Greek tragedy flair! In short, a very entertaining book.
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I read this book in one sitting. The story hooked me right from the beginning and kept me interesting the entire time. While the characters were not necessarily people I would want to relate to they were believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed "Woman in the Window" and Gillian Flynn.
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I loved “The Silent Patient” and could not put it down! I have recommended it to patrons, family and friends. It was one of the best books I read last year.
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After having this on my shelf for awhile, I finally got into it - and I'm so glad that I did!  One main character is at a psychological institution and hasn't spoken ever since her husband was murdered, apparently by her.  Our other main character is her therapist that is seemingly taken by her story and comes to work at the institution specifically to interact with her.  

The shock was TRULY a surprise to me, which isn't easy after loving thrillers for so many years!  I was genuinely impressed with the final quarter of the book, which moved very quickly and had several surprises in store.  I'm not sure I truly loved any of the characters, but I felt like I connected with and empathized with them all in different ways.  Highly recommend this book -- the first little bit went slowly for me, but I'm so glad that I came back to it.  Wonderful writing, wonderful story.
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I didn't want to put it down! The writing keeps the book going at a very fast pace. I thought the ending was a little rushed and left some things unexplained, but overall it was a very satisfying thriller.
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A super 3am read!  The author zooms along at breakneck speed without sacrificing one moment's worth of tension.  The characters live and breathe, the plot unfolds with superb dimension and great depth, and moves to an ending that leaves the reader breathless.
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This was a quick read, a great psychological thriller with twists that kept me captivated until the end. But it has gotten so much hype, I was expecting a little more. By the last twist, I pretty much expected the ending, so I was a little disappointed.
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I was so eager to read this one. The hype surrounding it had me expecting it to knock my socks off. I'm still wearing my socks. ☺ The author did create a novel that contains a few twists and turns with an interesting storyline. This one is clearly original.
Overall, it's a book that has one section that seemed a bit slow (I think that may be due to setting up the backstory of the main character) but definitely worth the read.
I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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WOW!
A creepy, anxious psychological thriller, that has you always wondering what happened and what's going to happen?. I was tempted to cheat and look at the end (because I was feeling anxious) but did not. My advice, read the book and don't cheat!
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A must read for anyone who enjoys the psychological suspense genre. The book moves at a good pass. The characters are flawed, but not in an annoying way and just enough to keep reading.
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