The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

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Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.
Publisher: New York, New York : Celadon Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250230782
9781250301697
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,25 cm.

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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 auth... Read More »


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star2014
Apr 22, 2019

I read this book a while ago, but I loved it. What is there not to like about a novel that combines suspense and thrills with characters that are a bit "unhinged"? I feel the author stayed true to his heritage by utilizing the concept of a Greek tragedy that parallels the tragedy occurring in the story.

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becker
Apr 19, 2019

For me, this book was okay. It was entertaining as I was reading it but overall I found it quite forgettable. However if you are a big psychological thriller fan, I believe you would enjoy this and I would recommend that you give it a try. It has all the elements that make a classic thriller.

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htliang
Apr 10, 2019

Finally a thriller that is difficult to put down!
A criminal psychotherapist and a silent, convicted murderess are brought together in this fabulous psychological mystery.
Great ending!

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crimsonpetal
Apr 10, 2019

Overhyped IMO. I enjoyed it, but the ending seemed to be a contrived twist which was rather easily predicted by all the seemingly unrelated information and nonprofessional obsession and actions described throughout the book. I would recommend to others but with the above disclaimer.

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nicoleacrow
Apr 08, 2019

I have read a lot of psychological suspense/thrillers, and this one was not the best, nor the worst I have read. Overall, I would recommend it because the author keeps you guessing at who the "villain" really is and what actually happened that night, but not in the way you would expect. It is also a fast read with pretty short chapters, switching between Theo, the psychiatrist's POV, and Alicia's POV from her diary. I wasn't sure why we were learning so much about Theo's past as the story was about Alicia, or so it seems. But it all comes together in the end.

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Adw555
Mar 18, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Everything you have heard is true...you simply cannot put this book down!

Theo is a psychotherapist. With hopes that he will be the doctor who can finally get through to infamous murderer Alicia Berenstein, he accepts a job at the Grove psychiatric facility. Alicia has been in the Grove for six years, and has remained silent since the day she murdered her husband. Why does she maintain her silence? Why won’t she speak up for herself? What caused her to break down so dramatically and violently? Theo is determined to find the truth.

Theo breaks rules, ruffles feathers and disobeys a lot of good advice. And he just may lose the person who means the most to him… Will finding the answers really be worth it??

Pros: Fast paced doesn’t cover it. Short, concise chapters are interspersed with diary entries which are an ingenious way to hook the reader in...completely.

Cons: Nothing too groundbreaking here...and I can’t say I loved the ending ...felt like a bit of a trick, but it was still very enjoyable.

Well written, fast paced and shocking.

4 Stars

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Riderfan4
Mar 15, 2019

Great read! Never would have guessed the ending. Highly recommend.

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katemarciniak1
Mar 14, 2019

LOVED this book. Very unpredictable. Super interesting. Must read for sure!!

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squirrelee
Mar 12, 2019

Oh my! I loved this thriller! I can usually figure out a mystery pretty well, but this one kept me guessing until the end. Chills!!!!!

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CookLinda
Mar 10, 2019

WOW!! Just wow. Twists and turns and red herrings and then....bam the denouement!!. Wasn’t expecting that. Also interesting insights into psychotherapy and how childhood affects the adult. Don’t know why he was treating her, a step up the ladder if he was successful, he felt sorry for her, hubris?? But what a great read.

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