The Silent Patient

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Thorndike Press, 2019 - Fiction - 484 pages

Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband'and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive...

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....

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User Review  - brookiexlicious - LibraryThing

I admit, I’m picky with thrillers. Too many tend to promise a twist or big reveal and it’s one that you can detect or at least suspect early on, so when that Aha! moment comes, it arrives with a dull ... Read full review

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User Review  - evano - LibraryThing

(It should be 3-1/2 stars.) Good story. Generally well-written. A twist that genuinely surprised me. But... The characters were kind of sketched-in: the super-talented victim, his overshadowed younger ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and earned his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know. His first novel,The Slient Patient, was published in 2019.

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