PUBLISHER: Celadon Books
PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019
Thank you to the Publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
Wow what a thrill of a ride this book was. A patient in a Forensics Unit, who is there for murdering her husband, who refuses to talk and is called “the silent patient”. I mean, that alone would make you want to read this book! How interesting of a book it was, and was a page turner.
I found myself many times wondering why Alicia was refusing to talk. After all this time spent in the Forensics Unit, and still she refuses to talk. That really piqued my curiosity! Doctor after doctor, therapist after therapist, she would speak for no one. Then she meets psychotherapist Theo Faber. He is determined to work with the notorious Alicia and be the one to get her to talk. Will he be successful? Or will he fail like all the rest?
The Silent Patient was one heck of a ride as you read through the chapters and get an understanding of what happened that fateful night when Alicia’s husband was murdered. What truly happened that night and why will Alicia not speak of it?
I loved this book and it had a complex set of characters in it. Alicia with her dark, and mute ways, Theo the psychotherapist with a dark, secretive past. What a fabulous book that was a pleasure to read. With many shocking twists that you will not expect, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Be sure to read this book to find out!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars