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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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SKU 9781409181637 ISBN: 9781409181637
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The Silent Patient, a psychological thriller written by Alex Michaelides, is a novel that captivates readers from the very first page. Published in 2019, the book became an instant sensation, praised for its suspenseful plot, complex characters, and surprising twists. With its dark atmosphere and psychological depth, The Silent Patient takes readers on a journey into the twisted mind of a notorious artist and the therapist determined to unlock her secrets. Be sure to check out our other crime thrillers, why not treat yourself to a nail-biting literary adventure with The Silent Patient and many more with Books2Door. 

The story revolves around Alicia Berenson, a talented artist who has seemingly led a picture-perfect life until the night she shoots her husband Gabriel five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber, a psychotherapist fascinated by Alicia's case, becomes determined to treat her and uncover the truth behind the murder. Theo takes up a job at The Grove, the psychiatric facility where Alicia resides, and begins his quest to break through her silence.

As Theo delves deeper into Alicia's past, he uncovers a web of secrets and lies. He becomes obsessed with understanding the motive behind the crime, unravelling Alicia's troubled childhood, and her relationships with her family and friends. Throughout the narrative, the reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride, encountering unexpected twists and shocking revelations that challenge their perceptions and keep them on the edge of their seats.

The Silent Patient explores various themes, including the human psyche, the nature of guilt, the power of art, and the limits of therapy. The author skillfully delves into the depths of the character's minds, exploring the impact of trauma, the masks people wear, and the consequences of repressed emotions. The book highlights the complexities of mental health, shedding light on the blurred lines between sanity and insanity.

Alex Michaelides presents a cast of intriguing characters that add depth and complexity to the story. Alicia Berenson, the titular silent patient, remains an enigma for a significant portion of the book. Her silence raises questions about her sanity and motives, leaving readers eager to uncover the truth. Theo Faber, the determined therapist, also harbours his own secrets, making him a flawed and relatable protagonist. The interactions between the characters are layered, offering insights into the complexities of human relationships and the impact of past traumas on their present lives.

Michaelides' writing style is engaging and evocative, creating an atmospheric and suspenseful narrative. The pacing is masterfully executed, with the author skillfully revealing information at strategic moments, heightening the tension and keeping readers guessing. The book alternates between Alicia's diary entries leading up to the murder and Theo's present-day investigation, providing different perspectives and building intrigue. The short chapters and crisp prose make the story easily digestible, propelling readers forward with anticipation.

One of the most remarkable aspects of The Silent Patient is its ability to surprise readers. Just when they think they have unravelled the truth, a twist occurs, challenging their assumptions and forcing them to reassess everything they thought they knew. The suspense builds steadily throughout the book, leading to a climactic and emotionally charged resolution. Without giving away spoilers, it can be said that the ending is both shocking and satisfying, tying up loose ends while leaving room for contemplation.

The Silent Patient has garnered widespread acclaim and has become an international bestseller. Its success can be attributed to the author's ability to craft a compelling narrative that blends elements of psychological suspense, mystery, and thriller genres seamlessly. It serves as a testament to the enduring appeal of psychological thrillers and the timeless fascination with the human mind

In The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides weaves a mesmerising tale of deception, guilt, and the search for truth. With its engrossing plot, well-drawn characters, and expertly executed twists, the book remains a standout in the realm of psychological thrillers. Through its exploration of the human psyche and the complexities of mental health, The Silent Patient offers readers a thought-provoking and unforgettable reading experience.

Be sure to check out Alex Michaelides’ second novel, The Maidens. The Silent Patient and The Maidens are perfect for fans of B.A. Paris’ Behind Closed Doors or the three bestselling thrillers The Guest List, The Hunting Party and The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, all three are available in our Lucy Foley three-book set. It is also rumoured that Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, is developing The Silent Patient as a film so buy the book now before you see the big screen adaption! Find out what everyone has been talking about with this fantastic psychological thriller and bestselling book. 

From the publishers: 

WITH OVER THREE MILLION COPIES SOLD, read the Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestselling, record-breaking thriller that everyone is talking about - soon to be a major film. 'The perfect thriller' AJ FINN'Terrific' - THE TIMES Crime Book of the Month'Smart, sophisticated suspense' - LEE CHILD'Compelling' - OBSERVER'Absolutely brilliant' - STEPHEN FRY'A totally original psychological mystery' - DAVID BALDACCI'One of the best thrillers I've read this year' - CARA HUNTER'The pace and finesse of a master' - BBC CULTUREAlicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago. When she shot her husband in the head five times. Since then she hasn't spoken a single word. It's time to find out why. THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read thriller of the year - perfect for fans of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell, BLOOD ORANGE by Harriet Tyce and PLAYING NICE by JP Delaney.; 352 pages; Published: 12/12/2019.


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