The Silent Patient

- Alex Michaelides

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Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word.

It’s time to find out why.

GENRES:

FIRST WORDS:

I don’t know why I’m writing this.

MY REVIEW:

enjoyable/easy to read:
3.5/5
I read all the reviews about the incredible twist and the surprise ending, and I guess I didn’t believe it. But, wow, that incredible twist and surprise ending totally got me.
Michaelides does an incredible job of lulling you into a false sense of security. He weaves back and forth in time before returning to the present in a way that makes you feel like you can see the throughline even if you’re woefully incorrect. And Theo is taking you on a wild goose chase of relatives and neighbours and friends, and it feels like you’re picking up a bunch of clues that weren’t meant to be dropped, and it’s all a freaking misdirect, and you’ve been wrong the whole time, and now it’s too late, because: there’s the twist.

That was probably enough of a spoiler, which is why I’ve hidden it, even though it’s only discussing the narrative plotting and not any actual details. I’m not going to give any more away, but I will say that while the entire book was pretty painless to read, I most definitely did not understand the hype until the end. Was it worth reading the first 318 average pages to get to the perfection of the last 21? It was for me, but I don’t know if everyone else would agree.

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