Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


What is your favorite thriller novel?

I’ve been hearing a lot about The Silent Patient and I was very excited to win it through a giveaway on Instagram from @booknerdwatercolor.  I finally read it last week and I couldn’t put this book down!

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to her beloved husband, photographer Gabriel.  One night when Gabriel returns late from work, Alicia shoots him five times in the face.  She never speaks a word again but does paint a haunting self-portrait.  Psychotherapist, Theo Faber, is obsessed by Alicia’s story and jumps at a chance at a new job at the facility where she is staying.  He wants to work with her and get her to talk again.  Will Alicia finally reveal what made her snap?

I loved the short chapters that kept the plot moving through this novel.  I found the mystery to be very intriguing.  I really wanted to know why Alicia wouldn’t talk and what caused her to murder her husband.  Unfortunately, I did figure most of this one out.  I had read an Agatha Christie novel in the last few months with a similar reveal.  If I wouldn’t have read that book, I don’t think I would have figured it out.

Favorite Quotes:

“Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.” – Great First Line!

“We’re all crazy I believe, just in different ways.”

“Love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.”

Overall, The Silent Patient was a riveting thriller.

Book Source:  Won from @booknerdwatercolor on Instagram.  Thank-you!


  1. That's funny that this one resembled an Agatha Christie. But then, she is the best. This one sounds good, too.

    1. It was great! And I thought it was a funny coincidence that it just happen to mirror the last Agatha Christie I had just read. I think Christie developed a lot of the standards that we read now in thriller / suspense novels.

  2. SEcond blog today having this book highlighted. Thanks for the review.

  3. This is the third review of this book that I've read today! Talk about buzz :)

    I'll take that as a sign to check it out!