Title- The Silent Patient
POV- First person, past tense. (but it seemed to switch a little)
Trope- Therapist, mental health, suspense, secrets, murder
Similar Books/Comps– Verity, The Last Thing He Told Me, The Couple Next Door.
My emotions- goosebumps, checking behind my shoulder
Vibe– creepy, stalker vibes
Alicia Berenson’s- Perfect life as a 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.
Theo Faber- criminal psychotherapist
One evening Alicia’s husband Gabriel returns home late, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, killing him, 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.
Theo Faber 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….
Page 303! What?! Game changer!
What I’d change-
My only criticism was none of the characters felt “like able” to me.
“…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.”
The writing definitely had me engaged/feeling engrossed with the eerie and disturbing vibe.
I loved that so many of the chapters ended on a cliff hanger