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Clearly the people writing 5 star reviews of this book have never read actual “thrillers”. I had high hopes for this book, but I almost returned it without even finishing it because it was just boring. There is a huge lack of direction, and the characters are very predictable. Overall, this is a book that II might have enjoyed as a teenager, but as an adult, it was completely lacking. .  

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The best thriller book I've ever read.. Satisfied after giving this book 2 days...

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I’ve read hundreds of thrillers. This was hands down the best I’ve ever read. Unpredictable all the way through. Beautifully written. I read it in one day, couldn’t set it down. I’m spending time reviewing it because I dare say- the best book I’ve ever read.

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This book is thrilling every moment. The characters are filled with depth and the twist is shocking even with the clues hidden throughout the book. I recommend this for any fan of thrillers.

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A real page turner! Although the transitions between the protagonist's home life and professional life are a bit choppy, leaving the reader to wonder why he keeps talking about both --- it all comes together in the end with a surprise twist of an ending. A fun read overall!

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I gave this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed the different viewpoints and the chapters going back and forth between the past and present. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into an artists life and then getting a glimpse of the intense life in a mental institution. One of my favorite story lines was actually Theo's and his belief that his wife was cheating on him. That was a good way to break up the monotony of the Theo and Alice scenes. That story line also played a big role in the end twist which even though I guessed about 75% of the way through the book I still thought was really well done. I wouldn't say this was the best thriller of the year but I really did enjoy it and would recommend it to other thriller readers.  

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I don’t quite understand what the whole hype is with this book.
It did go off to a good start and kept me interested in the story, but then it started taking a rather bland and dry turn. It
started focusing on Theo’s obsession with Alicia and although it builds up to what happens to be a really good twist at the end, I didn’t think it was a great read.
Theo is just so unlikable and boring. There was nothing about him that really made the story stand out, he started getting annoying afterwards and as mentioned before, it wasn’t until literally the last few pages where the story blows up.
Yet as the plot progressed, you’re left wondering with what was going to happen next and it’s slowly drawn out and wasn’t grabbing my interest at all. The pace was slow, the plot was rather flat and coupled with an uninteresting main character definitely left the story lacking.
There seems to be a lot of positive reviews on this, but it’s just not for me. There’s much better suspense novels out there that held my interest more than this one.
 

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I wasn't sure about this from the title: The Silent Patient. Especially as the opening pages, main character is writing a "journal". I thought perhaps this journal would be the "patient", and lead to the clues. But...
A husband is murdered. A wife accused. However, she is silent and says nothing. She doesn't deny or confess. She has suffered a trauma that keeps her from speaking, but why? Why did her husband die? Why won't she speak? She is an artist and she paints a self portrait of herself. This portrait seems to be a key, but we don't yet know. Enter a doctor who is fascinated by her story. Someone who can relate to her. But will he be able to help her and will he be able to solve what really happened that night?
I just finished this book and I was NOT disappointed.
 

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Oh but I do love it when a novel turns all my pre-conceived interpretations upside-down and provides a completely unexpected and shocking ending. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is that psychological thriller. Alicia Berenson is a famous artist married to Gabriel, a fashion photographer. All seems well until Gabriel arrives home late one night and Alicia shoots him in the face five times. She is found at the scene, having attempted to slit her wrists. She will never speak again. Having been found too unstable to go to prison, she is remanded to a secure forensic unit where she is heavily drugged. And that is where Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, with dysfunction in his early years, attempts to get to the bottom of Alicia's own dysfunction and the truth about her husband's murder. The rest you must read for yourself. You will not regret picking up this novel. Highly recommended.  

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So good! Never saw that twist coming! Read full review


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