This program includes a bonus interview with the author.
Promising to be the debut of the season 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….
“Alicia was so intensely alive it was hard to take your eyes off of her.”
Brilliant!! A must-read. LOVED the twist.
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was completely hooked. You know Gabriel was shot and killed by his wife Alicia but what would lead her to commit such a violent act? Alicia, once a renowned artist, has not spoken since that night six years before. Why has she become the silent patient?
This story was absolutely gripping!! I was lucky enough to win an advanced audio set of CD’s from Macmillan Audio and I was literally listening at every chance I could get. The story begins with a prologue that is part of Alicia’s diary but launches right in to the Grove, the psychiatric hospital where Alicia has been committed.
The story is composed of short chapters which lead to the building of suspense. I was fascinated by the ambitious Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who becomes Alicia’s therapist. He is certain he can get her to speak. Besides being a smart and engaging thriller, the story was also a fascinating study of psychology and the politics surrounding a large psychiatric facility.
“Sometimes it’s hard to grasp why the answers to the present lie in the past… No one is born evil. A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby.”
Theo was to me, a very likeable protagonist even though I felt that me might not be 100% trustworthy. The audio book narrator did a fantastic job with Theo’s character and made me completely engrossed in the story line. Theo employed some highly unorthodox methods to explore Alicia’s background to try and uncover clues about her, but I felt that he was really only looking out for her best interests. More and more details emerge about Alicia’s past and we learn more and more about Theo’s background as well.
“Rage, like fear, is reactive in nature.”
The story was incredibly engaging and had so many twists that I was literally gasping out loud. I don’t want to give any plot twists away but the ending was OMG! I was NOT expecting that ending. I can usually guess the ending of a book but I was WAY off on this one! I had to go back a listen again to certain parts of the audio book to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. There were a few clues along the way, but not at all what I expected.
I usually use a lot of quotes in my reviews but it is very difficult to use quotes here without giving too much away. Suffice it to say that I thought the ending to this book was just perfect. Congratulations to Alex Michaelides on this brilliant debut. I cannot wait for his next book!
(With thanks to Macmillan Audio for the audio CD’s).
“We often mistake love for fireworks – for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and constant.”
“Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible?”