The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. (2019).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Alicia writes in her diary as an outlet and to prove to her husband Gabriel that everything is fine. She doesn’t want to worry him. Until she shoots him one night five times and then never speaks again.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia and get her to talk. He quickly becomes obsessed but if she does talk, does he really want to hear the truth?
This book definitely lived up to the hype for me. It’s a very clever, very well-written and engaging book. I was surprised that it is the debut novel for this author because it reads like an experienced bestseller. As per the best thrillers, there was a few red herrings throughout the narrative. I did feel that some of these red herrings weren’t followed through completely enough; it became clear that they were red herrings but a couple of them could have used a bit more clarifying details in my humble opinion. The biggest twist is very intelligently done, I personally didn’t see it coming and thoroughly enjoyed it. Alicia’s diary was a great inclusion as it gives the reader Alicia’s viewpoint even though she does not physically speak. I read this one pretty quickly because I didn’t want to put it down as it was that good.
I’m happy to highly recommend this entertaining psychological thriller.