The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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I picked this for my January Book of the Month, expecting a really intriguing mystery/thriller. Unfortunately it just wasn't quite what I had hoped. 

In The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, famous painter Alicia Berenson is in a psych hospital after apparently killing her husband. I say apparently because Alicia refuses to speak. She has not uttered a word since her husband was killed, in her defense or otherwise. Now, psychotherapist Theo Faber has made Alicia his personal pet project, hoping to finally get her to speak and learn the truth about what really happened that day.

There was a pretty good twist in this book, but unfortunately it wasn't enough for me to completely save the rating. This book was very dry, and I was more interested in Alicia's interspersed journal entries than the actual plot parts. I thought it ended way too abruptly. I didn't like any of the characters, and didn't really care what the outcome was. 

I've seen a ton of people giving this really high ratings, but this was far from a 5 star thriller in my opinion. It just wasn't very special, and didn't live up to the caliber of some of my other favorite mystery thrillers. I would have given it 2 stars, except I did really enjoy the twist and didn't see it coming.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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11 comments

  1. Oh no!! Sorry this one didn't blow you away - it's suuuuper high on my TBR but now I'm nervous!

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  2. Yikes - I have this one on my list and am late getting to it... I think I shove it a bit further down now. Thanx for your honest review, I truly appreciate them.

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  3. Bummer, I almost got this one too but may hold off now.

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  4. It's a shame when a book sounds really good but then doesn't quite reach the mark. I appreciate your honest review.
    Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you for the honest review. I've seen this advertised quite a bit and was curious about it!

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  6. This one sounded good, sorry it wasn't all you'd hoped.

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  7. It's actually nice to hear a different side to this book as all the reviews I have read have been glowing. Glad that you were completely honest. Great review.

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  8. lovely honest review! thanks for sharing!

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  9. I have seen this book recommended by authors,

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  10. Oh that cover is a bit freaky, sorry it didn’t blow you away. Great review

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