Today, I’m super excited to be a stop on the blog tour for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, published by Orion. For my stop I have reviewed this fabulous book and want to say a thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be a part of this tour.
First up the Blurb:
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?
What I say:
This book just gripped me from the very beginning!
Alice Berenson was a famous artist, one who hasn’t spoken in years – not since the night she shot her husband Gabriel in the face five times and became admitted to a high security hospital, The Grove.
Theo Faber is a psychotherapist, someone who has been intrigued with her case since her crime became national news and he saw that painting. Theo believes he can cure Alicia where everyone else has failed. But is secretly obsessed?
I absolutely loved this psychological thriller which had me hooked. One of the things I enjoyed is the strong characters. Throughout the story you hear snippets of Alicia’s voice through her diary entries but it does make you wonder do you really know whether it is the truth or not?
Theo is Alicia’s psychotherapist who has recently join the team at The Grove and forces his way into the team treating Alicia, because he believes he can treat her where all others have failed. But this made me wonder – why is he so obsessed with her?
The plot is a twisty mess of emotions which really plays on the reader, this is a slow burner but I thought this made this tale all the more compelling – as you delve deeper into Theo’s and Alice’s worlds, nothing is as simple it seems.
I felt the author’s way of story telling was completely enthralling and lured me as the reader into a false sense of security which made the ending even better!
This is was also very twisty, surprising and actually the ending just flipped everything around on it’s head – something which I wasn’t expecting, particularly from one of the characters but I can’t say anymore without spoiling it. I would just urge you to read it for yourself.
If you love a discovering a new captivating voice, with a warped twisty mind, amazing characters and a dark story at it heart this is definitely the book for you!
About the Author:
Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He wrote the film The Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Brits are Coming. The Silent Patient is first novel, and was inspired by a post graduate course in psychotherapy, and working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit.
To find out more about Alex Michaelides follow him on twitter@AlexMichaelides.
The Silent Patient is out now and can be purchased via Amazon here
Don’t forget to check out all the other stops on this fab tour