The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides review
Very good and with an original story.
Alicia Berenson, a successful painter, hasn’t said a word since she was arrested for murdering her husband Gabriel, whom she loved deeply, and has been admitted into a mental institution.
Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist, is very interested in treating Alicia and getting her to talk. He wants to know, at all costs, why she committed the murder and, for that, he asks to be transferred to the institution in which she’s been admitted.
The novel is entertaining and easy to read. The main points of interest are obviously two:
Why has Alicia, so in love with her husband, murdered him by shooting him five times in the face?
Why is Theo Faber so interested in making Alicia talk and know the motives that led her to murder Gabriel?
Well, the solution, both of Alicia’s and Theo’s motivation, is not known until the end of the novel. The reader doesn’t suspect anything because there’s a key piece of information that’s not clear to them until the very end. It has to do with the timelines in which the novel is structured. And I can’t say anything else.