The Silent Patient. Finished 8-15-19, fiction, 4.25/5 stars, pub. 2019
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.
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…. from Goodreads
I listened to the audio way back in August and realized I never shared my thoughts. It’s been a while, but I still remember the story and the feelings. This debut thriller was at times a bit boring, but my husband loved it so I continued listening so I could see what all the fuss was about and by the end I got all the buzz and was happy I stuck with it.
Theo is a strange man. Alicia became a strange woman. The story was told in a strange way. All of these things give it extra points for originality. The fact that I can remember almost all of the details over two months later gives it extra points too. All I know is that I kept thinking that I would not want Theo as my therapist because he seemed creepy, but since his wife was cheating on him I cut him some slack. You should too and give this one a try, but once you start make sure you make it to the end.