The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Reviewed by Jess B (Library Patron)

She tied her husband to a chair and then shot him five times in the face, while waiting for the police to arrive she slits her wrists. At least that’s what everyone is saying, but she hasn’t said a word. A famous painter named Alicia Benson, who is accused of murdering her husband and then goes completely silent for six years, spending those years in a mental hospital called The Grove. Enter Theo Farber a psychotherapist who is more than he first appears. He is determined to make Alicia talk, he leaves his stable job to go to the sinking ship that is The Grove due to his obsession with getting Alicia to reveal her story. The story is told from Theo’s point of view but we get to see snippets of Alicia’s diary in the days leading up to the murder.


Michaelides’s writing is very gripping and always has you ready to learn more about these characters’ lives. It is a fast-paced book with short chapters. One thing I really loved about this book was that there were lots of ties throughout the whole book and little surprises that helped unravel all the twisted truths of this murder. The charm of this book is its plot twists and the steady unraveling of the relationships between the characters to keep you guessing until the big twist at the end. Even if you did put the pieces together before the book ended I’m sure you will still enjoy the journey this book takes you on. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MICHAELIDES)

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