Release date: February 7, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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?
If you’re at all involved in the bookish community there is simply no way that this book has flown under your radar, it’s been talked about for months now, it’s been literally everywhere and rightly so. It has such a clever premise and was executed flawlessly, it truly is a must read for psychological thriller fans.
What can I really say about this one that hasn’t been said a hundred times already?! Probably nothing new, but I’m going to say it all anyway because it’s that good. The structure is fantastic, you have Theo a psychotherapist who is absolutely convinced he will be the one to gain Alicia’s trust and get her to speak and then Alicia’s POV is revealed through her journal entries before her husband’s death. Reading someone’s innermost secrets via their diary is always so interesting, it provides such an intimate glimpse into their psyche, and her whole persona fascinated me. Theo himself was also interesting, his personal history and how that played into his career was completely captivating.
I’m not going to go on and on about the big twist because sometimes I think that ruins a reading experience, so don’t even worry about that. Don’t try and figure it out or guess when reveals are coming, just sit back and enjoy the ride because it’s a wild one!
The Silent Patient in three words: Clever, Captivating and Cunning.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.