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Good Reads Challenge Book Review: The Silent Patient

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“Remember, love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.”
– The Silent Patient

Happy weekend people!  I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body as well as your mind, drinking plenty of water, and checking in with friends and family.

I’m so proud that I’m still rolling through books this season and adding more to my Good Reads Challenge.  Mind you, they are audiobooks, which allow me to listen while I work, do chores, and commute.   This has also freed up my time, so I’ve been able to [finally] work on my dollhouse and post to that blog which hasn’t been updated in a year.

As so it goes ….Today I’m reviewing The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.  The Silent Patient has been on my Good Reads list for quite some time, but it’s only now that I’ve had the time to read it. So, when it became available on Libby, I jumped at the chance.

The Review

Title | The Silent Patient
| Alex Michaelides
Pages | 336
Published  | February 2019
Genre | Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
GR Rating | 4.18
Purchase | Amazon


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.

My Rating & Review  (3.75)

A stealthy murder mystery told from the diary of the patient Alicia Berenson, a famous artist who loves her husband, Gabriel. Fast forward six years, and Gabriel dies as Alicia is found with the gun next to his body. Since the murder, she hasn’t uttered a word. Found insane as she has tried to kill herself, Alicia is placed in an institution called the Grove.

from The Silent Patient
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive, and will come forth later, in uglier ways. —SIGMUND FREUD”

Psychotherapist Theo Faber has been fascinated with Alicia’s case and takes a job at Grove. He wants to be the one to get to her, the one that can make her talk to find out what has happened. Theo has suffered an abusive childhood, and he believes he can help Alicia; however, Theo is having problems of his own as he finds out his wife is having an affair. They’ve been unhappy for some time, and this causes Theo to go back to some old vices.

Once Alicia’s diary turns up found in her things at the art gallery, what was hidden becomes clear as we find out what events led to Gabriel’s death.

from The Silent Patient
“No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, “A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby.”

This book is filled with twists and turns, and I questioned was all this a plot by Jean-Felix, the manager of Alicia’s art gallery, as she tells him she wants to close the gallery, or is it Max, Gabriel’s brother who hated Alicia as he feared his secret would be revealed.

You’ll have to check out The Silent Patient to find out what really happens.

My Good Reads Progress

Currently, I’m wrapping up How to Sell A Haunted House, as I’m really just getting into Paperbacks from Hell, but because I’m taking notes for a Podcast, it’s taking a little longer.  I just checked out another book from Libby called Ghost Radio, and because you only have a limited amount of days with the library, I usually drop what I’m doing and start listening to those right away.

What’s on your TBR list this Summer?   Share what you’re reading in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting the blog today.  Don’t forget to follow and subscribe, as I really appreciate the support. — Peace

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