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The Silent Patient Review

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

That twist. OMG! Totally unexpected. I didn’t see it coming at all. I probably had four theories of some major twist but none of them were as shocking of what the twist truly was. I’m still shocked.


Rating: 5/5

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.

This book was nothing like I was expecting it to be. The idea that Alicia never speaks a word after she murders her husband is strong. But the reason why is even stronger. I was captivated from the first page. I was dying to know the truth. To know why Alicia did what she did. What led her to kill her husband? Did she really do it?


This book flowed extremely well, the pages just kept turning. It was a quick read. I read the entire second half of the book in one day. I was told there was a major twist before I had reached the halfway mark of this book by several people. I’m thankful they didn’t actually tell what that twist was. So as I read the second half and the remaining pages dwindled down I kept thinking to myself “did I miss it?” I was starting to think I had psyched myself up so much that the twist didn’t appear to be a twist to me.


Nope.


That magnificent twist finally arrived all right! I finally came to it and said “What the fuck! You bastard!” That twist. OMG! Totally unexpected. I didn’t see it coming at all. I probably had four theories of some major twist but none of them were as shocking of what the twist truly was. I’m still shocked.


I probably had four theories of some major twist but none of them were as shocking of what the twist truly was. I’m still shocked.

Throughout this book, I assumed I was following a therapist who solely wanted to help Alicia speak again to recover from this tragedy. I need to stop assuming these first narrators have the best intentions. That bastard.


Overall, though I don’t think this book is good enough to be added on to my favorites shelf. I sincerely enjoyed reading this one and felt it deserved 5 stars. It truly kept me on my toes, wondering what the truth was. It was a fantastic read, I think anyone into thrillers would thoroughly enjoy this book.