Review by: Nora K.

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The Silent Patient was such a good book. It was recommended to me by one of my favorite teachers and it did not disappoint. It’s a murder-mystery thriller sort of book, but not one that won’t let you sleep, more like one that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is coming from a girl who can’t watch scary movies, but absolutely adored this book. I could not put it down. This book will blow your mind. I did not see the plot twist coming at all, it took me completely by surprise. I had various hypotheticals about who killed Gabriel, but the truth was shocking. I found the psychology aspect to be rather unsettling but also very interesting. I was intrigued by the idea of Alicia refusing to talk for SIX years. Holy guacamole that’s a long time! I needed to know why she wouldn’t talk and what she still had to hide after already having been judged as guilty for murder. 

Once you name something, it stops you seeing the whole of it, or why it matters. You focus on the word, which is just the tiniest part, really, the tip of an iceberg.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Summary of book: Alicia, a formerly renowned and famous painter, is mute and living in a psychiatric ward. She was sentenced to live in a psychiatric ward after she was determined mad for having shot and murdered her husband, Gabriel. Gabriel was found tied to a chair with five bullet wounds in his head. Alicia was found staring blankly at the wall, covered in blood, with slits on her wrists. Alicia was saved. Gabriel was not. Flash forward six years and enter Theo. Theo’s a middle-aged psychotherapist who believes that he can help Alicia and get her to break her silence. Will he uncover her motives behind her beloved husband’s murder? Or will he discover an even darker, scarier kind of truth?

All in all this book will cause you a lot of excitement and questions. It literally made me say oh my god out loud. I formed a lot of strong opinions on the characters and strong attachments to them as well. I’m not sure that it’s all that realistic for a psychotherapist to be doing his own Sherlock Holmes-equse sleuthing about a patient, as that feels like it’s breaking the whole patient confidentiality bit, but still I really enjoyed this book. I think it probably helps that I don’t read many mystery or thriller books, because I was able to be surprised by the twist, unlike the avid readers of the genre who’ve likely read it all. I also enjoyed the hints of Greek mythology interwoven in the story as that’s a personal love of mine. I felt like the story of Alcestis made the events seem more tragic and artistic. 

Somehow grasping at vanishing snowflakes is like grasping at happiness: an act of possession that instantly gives way to nothing.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Rating: 4/5 

Genre: Thriller/Fiction/Mystery