Promising to be the debut novel 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….
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
What could possibly turn a woman who seems to have an enviable life into an empty vessel and murderer lost in her own little world? Six years ago Alicia, a successful artist and Gabriel, her fashion photographer husband started the day as any normal happy couple do but something went terribly wrong that evening when he came home. Alicia shot him five times in the face, a pretty personal statement I thought and six years later she still hasn’t spoken a word. Alicia has been held at the Grove, a secure unit, ever since.
Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, has quite an obsession with the case, so when a position comes up at the Grove he doesn’t hesitate to give up a more prestige position in another establishment to take it. This is one man who is determined to break the silence that Alicia has kept. As the sessions begin the story is told with a drop back in time to passages from Alicia’s diary leading up to the murder and the thoughts of Theo both present time and the past in his own life.
There are various other characters in the story all with differing views as to whether they would really like Alicia to speak again or not. Including the Art Gallery that deals with Alicia’s pre-murder paintings, which have risen dramatically in value since the murder. The methods of Theo certainly seem to stir something in her.
My mind was running riot, was she guilty of murder? Had someone set her up? Would she ever speak again? When the story began Alicia was like a blank canvas but little by little it began to take shape from a colourful past and shady present until the final unveiling of the truth. What a master piece it was! This is an outstanding debut from an author with a rich talented and twisted mind, just the way I like them.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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