Woah! This was one heck of a story with a spin that came out of nowhere.
Alicia is a patient at The Grove after she allegedly shot her husband in the face five times one night but no one knows why she committed such a crime against the man she supposedly loved because she’s remained silent since the night of the shooting. Never uttering a word to anyone about her state of mind, she’s left heavily medicated and forgotten about until Theo, a new phsychotherapist practicing at the facility develops a special interest in getting Alicia to talk. What she has to say will change everything!
Told from Theo’s point of view and sharing Alicia’s journal, the reader gets a look into both minds throughout and can empathize with Alicia on so many levels, while Theo is a little more confusing. Finding his motive to investigate something that didn’t involve him had me curious the whole way through, until finally the reveal was made. What an A-ha moment that was!
The twist was great but the other details into the darkness, art, and personal relationships made the story come to life in more ways that just finding out what really happened. Layer upon layer, building until it all comes together!
Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He wrote the film The Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Brits are Coming. The Silent Patient is first novel, and was inspired by a post graduate course in psychotherapy, and working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit.