The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Publication Info: Published February 5th 2019 by Celadon Books. I read the Kindle edition through my local library. Other editions available.The Silent Patient

Summary: Did Alicia Berenson murder her husband? She’s not saying. In fact, she is completely silent on this and any other topic. From the time her husband was discovered tied to a chair with several bullets in his body, Alicia hasn’t said a word.

The courts and public opinion assumed she was guilty. But with Alicia’s odd behavior, the only humane thing to do was sentence her to a mental health facility.

Theo Faber is a psychotherapist who is interested in Alicia. More than interested, actually, I felt he bordered on obsessed. He takes a job at the facility where Alicia lives and slowly works his way into her trust, risking his job in the process.

Comments: I’m not going to say more about the plot in The Silent Patient. There are more than enough reviews and summaries out there and I don’t want to drop an accidental spoiler. I will say that this was a total page turner for me. I read the book in two evenings, devouring it like salty snacks. I didn’t get an inkling of how the book would end until about 3/4 of the way through. And even then it was just a nudge, a question in my mind. I honestly didn’t see the end coming except in hindsight.

If you avoid best sellers because they don’t live up to the hype, give this one a try anyway. And don’t plan on doing much else until you’ve reached the final page.

Highly recommended for readers of suspense and mystery novels.