The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Book - 2019
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"Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas. One evening, her husband, Gabriel, returns home late from work, 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 psychiatric unit in North London. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is captivated by Alicia's story and jumps at the opportunity to work with her. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a path more unexpected, more terrifying than he ever imagined -- a search for the truth that threatens to consume him"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Celadon Books, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250301697
1250301696
Branch Call Number: Michaelides, A
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Characteristics: 325 pages ; 25 cm

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The Silent Patient was borrowed 1300 times in 2020.

A therapist becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth about what prompted his client, an artist who refuses to speak, to violently murder her husband in a way that triggers mass public speculation.


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Katecimone
Apr 03, 2021

Boring start, once 100 pages in significantly better! Woah to the ending

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Smills0404
Apr 03, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I thought it was an excellent debut novel.

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Marples22
Mar 23, 2021

Really enjoyed this book - I loved it when the realisation of who the stalker was, becomes apparent! Freaky!

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LorettaMCottone
Mar 16, 2021

A little difficulty getting into this but turned into a very good thriller.

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ninaswims
Mar 12, 2021

Great read, has three-dimensional characters that the reader is trying to figure out throughout the book. Had me turning pages faster and faster until the very end. Loved the surprise twist!

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C0987
Mar 07, 2021

Really good, and fast-paced. The twist at the end was unexpected. I highly recommend

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msbedelia18
Feb 28, 2021

I could not get into this, in part because of the psychotherapist's continued and unironic use of the word "mad" as in "crazy". I know it's fiction, but as a mental health practitioner myself, it felt so overdramatic and not true to life. I ended up being unable to finish the book, but looked up the rest of the plot out of curiosity. I'm glad I didn't finish it.

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kelleyb_0
Feb 25, 2021

An outstanding read. The characters are well developed over the entire span of the book. The twists and turns are unexpected. The ending is totally unexpected. For thriller readers, The Silent Patient is a must read.

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0007548100dmw
Feb 03, 2021

A most interesting book! The author is able to grab one and immerse them into the book quickly. Couldn't put it down and the ending totally surprised me. Very good book!

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ReaderG
Feb 02, 2021

What a perfectly crafted twisted story.

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