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Silently Shooketh

*This is a book review of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

“‘Remember, love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.'”

– Ruth, Theo’s therapist

Quick Facts

Author: Alex Michaelides
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Crime fiction, psychological thriller
Main Characters: Theo Faber & Alicia Berenson
Number of Pages: 336
SJ Rating: 100%

The Synopsis

After shooting her husband in the head five times, Alicia Berenson has entered silent mode. She wouldn’t defend herself at the trial and has been deemed psychotic. Enter Theo Faber, a psychotherapist on a mission to get Alicia to talk and figure out what exactly happened on the night of her husband’s death.

The Good

The lies. The betrayal. THE PLOT TWIST. My mind was going everywhere.

I have nothing but praise for this book. It has beyond fantastic storytelling. I was so enraptured that there were very few notes I took. All I can say is READ IT.

For the actual writing, I really like the transitions between each chapter. The way one chapter ends makes you want to keep reading and reading and reading. Furthermore, this book is divided into parts, and each part starts a new count of chapters, which I really appreciate. Speaking of the chapters, something about them being super short makes the book a lot easier to read.

Literally, that’s all I can contribute for this section. This book is just so freaking good.

The Bad

This isn’t actually bad, but the book didn’t start to get my attention until (spoiler!) Alicia attacked Theo.

The Overall

There’s a moment in the book when Theo says working with Alicia could lead to a book or a publication, and by the way Michaelides wrote this book, it seems like it has.

This book definitely showed me I do better with books that have lots of dialogue. Although, I do love that it shows how communication can happen without words; there’s a very powerful underlying message there.

My final thoughts as I finished this book for the first time: everyone is crazy.

Side note: I think Madelaine Petsh would be such a great pick to play Alicia if this book ever became a movie (which it totally should).

Next book to be read and reviewed: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

“‘Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible?'”

– Ruth, Theo’s therapist

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