The Silent Patient – Review

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review – all views are my own. 

the silent patientALICIA
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.

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?

This is the first adult book I have read in a very long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this was a brilliantly captivating and cleverly written book.  I was unable to put the book down and was kept on the edge of my seat. It really made you think and question what you had been told so far. The ending was a complete shock and such a clever outcome.

I was unsure at first about the narrator Theo, whose thoughts were often scattered and relationships slightly hard to follow, but this really added to the story as the plot expanded. It was very cleverly written and the story really comes together albeit most unexpectedly. I also thought the flashbacks were a great addition to the narrative.

I would recommend this book as a great unique thriller with a shocking ending bound to grip you and make you think.

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