The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

I normally don’t write reviews on adult fiction books but this novel by Alex Michaelides is so compelling that I wanted to share.

Alicia’s life seems idyllic. She is an accomplished artist and happily married to her husband. One evening her husband comes home and she shoots him in the face five times. She refuses to speak in her defense or ever again. She is sentenced to a mental institution.

Theo Faber narrates the story. He is a psychotherapist and engineers his way into becoming Alicia’s therapist. He is desperate to try and “help” Alicia. Why won’t she talk? And why does Theo feel so connected to her?

This is a gripping tale about mental illness and marriage. Do we really know anyone? This novel is so full of twist and turns that it will keep you guessing. This book is perfect for really anyone, but certainly those who love suspense and mystery.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MICHAELIDES)

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