The Silent Patient 2019 Book Review

The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides | Orion

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The Silent Patient has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it lived up to my expectations. Honestly, the revelation was so unpredictable I never saw it coming. This is probably my first time, when I finished the book in one sitting because I SIMPLY COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

You know the book is good when you take it with you everywhere you go and you come back with a few bruises because your toe just decided to stick itself out.

The Silent Patient Book Review

In the centre, we have Alicia Berenson who has murdered her husband and a psychotherapist, Theo Faber who is on a mission to understand her psyche. Slowly, Alicia opens up to Theo which takes the reader through her life which led up to that unfortunate night.

The book is from Theo’s point of view and the narrations oscillate from his life to that of Alicia’s. This narration turns out to be something that basically made me squeal and I have to hand it to Alex for weaving the sub-plots this well.


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Before beginning this book, I had read mixed reviews and some really thrashed it calling it super predictable and bland. So now I am worried, being a detective is never going to be a career option for me, because damn it, the climax hit me like a wrecking ball. I loved the ending even more. It had a poetic justice to it.

Using a Greek tragedy to paint the story was an absolute perfection. Alex also tried to include Greece and the Greek culture a couple of times, which I appreciate.

The whole story had a bit of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ vibe to it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole time. I loved the way how intricacies of therapy and the world of physiotherapy were laid out in this book.

As a person with no formal education in this field, it was an adventure. The development through the timelines is commendable and I could not resist myself from re-reading the book after completing the final chapter. The pace is good, and each character was given enough back story (and trauma) to make them relatable to the readers.

One thing to take away from this book is, you never know what other people must be going through in their life or what they must have gone through in their childhood. So always be considerate about it. Also, never speak ill about kids. Especially, if they are yours. Just don’t. Please.

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