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The Silent Patient: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller Hardcover – 7 Feb 2019
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Absolutely brilliant . . . I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement - STEPHEN FRY
Intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read - THE TIMES - Crime Book of the Month
I read it in two nights and savoured every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist - DAVID BALDACCI
Smart, sophisticated suspense - a very fine novel by any standard - LEE CHILD
The perfect thriller. I quite literally couldn't put it down - A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel - THE OBSERVER
The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master - BBC CULTURE
One of the best thrillers I've read this year. Masterfully plotted and brilliantly paced by a writer at the top of his game - CARA HUNTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME
A superior psycho-thriller - THE TIMES
I was kicking myself black and blue that I did not see *that* moment coming. I have never been so happily wrong-footed. A very clever book - highly recommended. - C. J. TUDOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CHALK MAN
A neatly woven, intelligently written story that lifts the curtain on the complexities of trauma and the human psyche - ALI LAND, Sunday Times bestselling author of GOOD ME, BAD M
The definition of a page turner. The twist comes as hard and fast as a slap across the face. - JOHN MARRS, bestselling author of THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Genuinely chilling and with a real sucker punch of a twist - SHARON BOLTON, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CRAFTSMAN
A hugely impressive debut - STEVE CAVANAGH, bestselling author of THIRTEEN
Comes with a killer twist - SUNDAY TIMES Crime Club
One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read . . . with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory - BLAKE CROUCH, author of DARK MATTER
An unforgettable - and Hollywood-bound - new thriller - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
An excellent, slow-burning psychological thriller; sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise - JOANNE HARRIS
Impossible to put down, with a twist that will blow your mind - MARK EDWARDS, bestselling author of THE MAGPIES
One of the most hotly anticipated novels of this year - DAILY EXPRESS
With film rights snapped up by an Oscar winning Hollywood production company, rights sold in a world record 43 territories, and rave blurbs from David Baldacci, Lee Child and A.J. Finn, The Silent Patient promises to be the debut thriller of 2019.See all Product description
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The narrator , Theo Faber, is a young psychotherapist, who seizes on the opportunity to work with the patient, Alicia Berenson, in the hope of helping her, and in particular restoring her speech. To say more about the action would be to spoil the experience of being carried along by the plot. It's a novel that can very nearly be read at a sitting, and once past a certain point, is extremely difficult to put down.
On the basis of all this, it would seem the book falls automatically into the highest bracket, yet I do have some reservations. That it is a quick easy read is only partly owing to the intriguing plot. Some of the writing is flat and cliched; the diary sequences are not wholly convincing - I find them inconsistent with an agonised state of mind - there are lapses in grammar and the book needs more careful proof-reading.
The underlying idea is original and promising and it's not a book that anyone is likely to abandon half way through, but it lacks polish; it would have profited by the author standing back at the end and taking a hard critical look. At times I felt it was written in as great a rush as it is likely to be read. I have to admit, though, that it seems to have impressed a large number of people.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I couldn’t wait to find out if Theo was going to achieve his goal. I think the anticipation of wondering if this was going to be the moment that Alicia spoke is what made most parts of this book a really intense read and Alex controlled this really well, it did keep me turning those pages, and reading onto the next chapter.
There is some excellent character development here; we have Theo, who is mysterious and unnerving, and Alicia who I wanted to get to the bottom of, and find out what was really going through her mind the night she killed her husband, Gabriel. Like Theo, I wanted to drag the answers out of her and I couldn’t wait to see what she finally had to say. Although we don’t hear from Alicia, we do have her diary extracts, which again I raced through as I was reading as I tried to uncover what really happened.
This is very much a psychological story, and the reveals that came at the end of the book left me thinking, whoa, and I had to flick back just to see what it was that I had missed but it definitely did make so much sense and the way in which everything was pulled together was very good. The tension is really turned up a notch in the final chapters.
The Silent Patient has bestseller written all over it. It’s tightly plotted and very well written. I’m looking forward to seeing what Alex Michaelides comes up with next. If you’re a fan of character-driven psychological thrillers, then you should definitely pick up this book.
Having said all that, the book did have some interesting twists and turns in it and the ‘borderline’ issue didn’t put me off to the extent that I couldn’t finish it. So, yes, all in all an okay read but I do think it is over hyped and I probably won’t bother with the film adaptation that is apparently going to be made.