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….
This book….boy this book. Silent patient is a solid thriller for me. I was trying to come up with theories throughout the book as to why Alicia doesn’t speak and what happened that night and honestly I never saw any of the last 10% of the book coming.
The whole book is revolves around Alicia and why she won’t speak. Theo starts working at the grove in order to help her try and find her voice again while also find out what I happened that night.
Alicia is so mysterious and so much has happened in her life. The only thing people have to go on after that night is her only painting since. Alcestis is the painting Alicia painted shortly after the crime was committed named after the Greek tragedy Euripides.
The writing and story were so well done to me and kept me intrigued the whole time. I’ve never finished a book so fast. It took me a day and a half to finish and I loved every minute of it.
I only knocked .5 of a star because the portrayal of Alicia making things up all in her head. She was a woman and there for crazy and paranoid to the point she was sent to a counselor in order to shut her up instead of being believed. That part just didn’t sit still with me.
Also huge triggers for abuse, death of a parent, suicide, suicide attempts, forced kissing, violence, cheating and death. Go into this one cautiously if these trigger you in any way.
Overall this is a solid thriller and I loved the ride. I missed the hype train and kinda glad I did because I just sat back and enjoyed the ride with this one. I highly recommend it especially going into fall and October.