What I’m Reading: The Silent Patient

I’m sneaking an extra “what I’m reading” post in here this week.  I’ve got the day off today and could write this post in advance and enjoy a little more me and family time if I had posts written in advance.

I was a busy girl about two months ago and went on Bridges the online library I have.  It takes for FOREVER to get a book there so every so often I go and fill my wait list with books, then I go to Audible or Hoopla and get books from there while I wait for books to show up at Bridges.  As I was writing this post, I added some books and two of them say that the wait will be more than 6 months.  UGH.  Anyway…

The other day I got a notice that this book had finally come available…The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.


It was really refreshing to read a book that wasn’t so heavy.  This is a mystery/suspense type book.  I have to admit to getting to where I only had about 50 minutes left in the book and I had to stop as it was time for the childcare kids to come.  I was thinking about the book all day long and wondering what was going to happen.  That’s when I know I hit on a pretty good book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:

“The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. 

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.  

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. 

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….”

Amazon readers give the book 4.4 stars.  I think I’m going a little higher and saying 4.6.  It was interesting and as I said, it was really nice to have a break from my usual historical fiction.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Silent Patient

  1. Maxine Corimski

    Jo, if you’re using Hoopla, that indicates to be you have a current library card. Do you know there is another online site for which you also need a current library card. It’s Libby. Try that if you’re looking fir a certain book. Happy reading!

  2. pam

    I have that book. I started reading it and just couldn’t get into it. I’ll have to have another go at it. Thanks. Jo

  3. Sarah

    Jo I just finished listening to The Throwaway Children. I couldn’t stop thinking about it while I was away from it. Great book, different from the murder mystery.

  4. Stearns Carol

    Since I’m in my own form of therapy at the moment, dont need to read about someone elses therapy. Maybe I could solve the problem sooner though. But thank you for your review. I have enjoyed many books you have recommended.

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