Review | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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“…we often mistake love for fireworks – for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and constant.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: harps, paintings, rifles, nosy neighbours, five shots to the head, diaries, tabloids, car accidents and plain silence.

And the award for the craziest plot twist ever goes toooo… *drum roll*… THE SILENT PATIENT!

I don’t think I’ve ever reacted to a plot twist in such a physical, awkward way. When I read the sentence that would change the book, I started shaking and felt a mixture of fear, dizziness, shock and panic for about thirty seconds. I REALLY didn’t see that coming… It was incredible! And after you read that line, you can’t think about the book in the same way. I was seriously considering giving this book 3 stars, but the plot twist was so good it deserved one extra star.

This book is about a painter who allegedly killed her husband right after he came home with five shots to the face. The problem is that no one knows exactly what happened and why it happened, because the woman never spoke another word. Six years later, a psychotherapist, who was always interested in this crime, started working in the mental hospital where she currently is, with the intent of working with her and helping her speak again.

To be completely fair, I thought the concept and execution were perfect, but I thought the book was kind of slow and I kept thinking where is this story going. But then the end came and now I know the wait was completely worth it. In this book everything happens for a reason, but the pieces are only put together at the very end.

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, this is a good book. Like I said it was kind of slow at first, but it gets there eventually. The plot twist alone makes it worth reading it!

xoxo, Neide

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