Review: The Silent Patient
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
“We're all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.”
An incredibly suspenseful and mind-boggling story that will have you eagerly turning the pages wanting to discover every last detail.
After hearing nothing but praise for The Silent Patient, I finally got my hands on it and was so excited to dive into the madness. Considering it is about 320 pages, it certainly felt like it was half that. There isn't a slow or dull moment and you'll quickly read through the pages, not wanting to put it down for a second.
We're immediately introduced to Alicia through her diary passages and we get a look inside her head and what was happening the weeks and days leading up to the day her husband was shot and killed. Like any good character, she has her inner demons and struggles, not wanting to voice her concerns to her husband but also hoping for his support. A series of events lead up to the murder and she's put away in a psych hospital, not uttering a single word for 6+ years.
We're then introduced to our narrator, Theo, who is a psychologist and is very intrigued by Alicia. He takes her on as his pet project, wanting to be the one who can unravel the mystery of why she refuses to speak and why she murdered her husband. He too has some internal demons and his life is far from perfect.
I really enjoyed reading Theo's perspective juxtaposed with Alicia's diary entries. They are both really intriguing and likable characters despite the challenges they face in their lives. I flew through this book, reading it as fast as I could because it was so so so good. Although I guessed the twist about 200 pages in, I was eager to see how it would be revealed and if I was crazy to even make the connection and think it.