Mini Book Review | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

 

Alicia Berenson is a talented painter, and has a perfect loving husband, whom she loves very much as well. But one evening she shoots her husband and never speaks another word ever again. Theo Faber is a forensic psychotherapist and he takes it upon himself to make Alicia speak again. So six years after the crime was committed, he applies for a job in The Grove, a facility where Alicia is kept, and he becomes almost obsessed with Alicia's life. Why has Alicia kept her quiet all these years? Why did she kill her husband? What is the mystery behind the last self-portrait?

Holy shit what a book! I absolutely did not see THAT coming! My absolutely new favourite psychological thriller. Phew! I am so so glad I finally read this book. I read this book for a real shock value which I felt missing in the last few psychological thriller I read, and was so not disappointed. I legit had to reread the curtain-drop moment again and again to believe what I was actually reading.

Even though I absolutely loved this book, I was kinda disappointed from a psychologist's perspective. I couldn't find anything 'psychological' to be honest. Yeah, it was all in a psychological setting, and Alicia was being counselled, but it's still not clear what was Alicia diagnosed with. I would have liked it even more if she was diagnosed with PTSD or any anxiety disorder that caused Alicia' s mute-ness, giving us readers a sneak peek into the disorder and not just give us a book just for the sake of being a 'psychological thriller'. Still, this is going to be a five star read for me!


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