*I was gifted this book in advance of publication to read and review, all opinions are my own*
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….
A deep intoxicating story, of love, obsession and the lengths we will go to.
As Thrillers go, this is one of the best I’ve ever come across. I was hooked from chapter one and did not put this book down until 2am! I had to finish the story to find out if any of my suspicions were correct. I’m usually quite observant and can see the signs throughout the book, but this time I didn’t see it coming. When a story can trick you so completely and make you see what isn’t there, you know it has you. The Silent Patient definitely had me. If I look back now, there were little hints and signs of the truth, but I was so engrossed in the story that I just didn’t see them.
I found myself completely captivated by individual elements of the story. Such as the tale of Alcestis and Admetus. Greek mythology is a favourite of mine and can always pull me in. I was surprised but elated to see how it was cleverly used in the story.
As someone who struggles with mental health, I found certain aspects very relatable. The frequent voices that are insistent in making me paranoid or worried. That tell me I’m not good enough and will amount to nothing. I felt a connection, a string that tugged at my heart and it’s so important to me when reading that I feel some sort of connection or intrigue about a character. It fuels the fire and keeps me entranced in the story.
The story took a very deep and interesting look into the depths of the mind and how it can take a situation and twist and warp it, until we eventually crack, until it kills us on the inside. It shows us the very lengths that someone could and would go to. I think anyone is capable of such crimes when pushed in the wrong way.
I’m in awe at the amount of detail and research that must have taken place to write this amazing book. Well done sir, you’ve got yourself a fan for life!
Thank you again to Orion for gifting me this book and especially Poppy for all of her incredible work surrounding the book.
Have you read The Silent Patient? What do you think of the book? Let me know!
Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣