The Silent Patient
In my opinion...
It took some time for me to get into this novel, and I nearly put it to one side, but I’m glad I persevered.
The story is told mainly from Theo Faber’s point of view, who, from the start, is obviously obsessed with the silent Alicia. Although he is a forensic psychotherapist, at times I felt confused that he was acting like a detective in his investigation. I did not feel a strong connection with his character, the occasional exerts from Alicia’s diary felt far more real.
I was, however, intrigued by the plot and the ultimate twist was a sudden’ of course’ moment!
Did I enjoy this book? I’m not sure that I did as it made me feel so uncomfortable.
Is it a successful novel? Absolutely! I believe the film rights have been sold and can see it being totally chilling on the big screen.
Want to know more?
ALICIA Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
THEO Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
An unsettled four glasses..
Thank you Orion Books & Netgalley for my ARC