This book has been on my radar for a long time. Of course, the recommendation came from the infamous FB group b/c why not. I have heard so many good things about this book and I finally got a chance to check it out, so I’m excited!
I decided to purchase the ebook on Dec. 1, but wouldn’t you know it went on sale for Cyber Monday?! I returned it and purchased it again for the lower price of $4.99. Then, I found a $4 coupon from Google, and I ended up getting the book for a grand total of $0.99 through Google Books. #BargainShopper
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
We meet a psychotherapist named Theo Faber, who starts off telling a story about a woman named Alicia Berenson. Alicia has been married to Gabriel for 9 years, they seem happy and in love. One night, Alicia murders Gabriel and then stops talking. She never says another word, goes completely mute. The case makes national news.
As a result of her actions, Alicia is put into a psychiatric hospital b/c they believe that she’s had a psychotic break of some kind. Soon, Theo starts working at the hospital where Alicia is staying and they keep her heavily sedated. He’s determined to work with her and get her to talk, tell her side of the story, and find out what really happened that night. Theo begins his own investigation starting with Max, Gabriel’s brother.
While Theo has a lot going on in his career, his personal life starts falling apart. He discovers that his wife, Kathy, has been secretly cheating on him. This leads to revelations that coincide with his childhood, which he went to therapy for in the past. Theo’s journey becomes one of personal and professional growth, but so does Alicia’s.
I can be honest and say that I definitely don’t know what would make me want to take a human life, but apparently, Alicia was pushed to her breaking point. I mean, we all have one. That point where you’ve just had enough and literally you can’t take it anymore… then something inside you snaps, you see red, and you GO!
After you did whatever you were pushed to do… how long after you finished were you remorseful? Regretful? Disappointed in yourself for letting it get that far when you could have just walked away. See, people are going to push your buttons. Some people get off on that b/c they want a reaction out of you. However, if you can walk away and not give them the satisfaction, then who really wins?
The point is that people are always gonna people. That will never change, but what you can change is your reaction to certain things, people, and situations. When you know better, you do better and let’s be honest… jailbird orange doesn’t look good on anyone. These people aren’t worth messing up everything you have going for yourself, most importantly, your freedom.
Let me say this… I LOVED this book! I mean, the way the story was told and the way certain details unfolded is what kept me wanting to read more. I loved the writing style of the author b/c it shows that he definitely knows how to hold the reader’s attention and keep the suspense going.
It doesn’t hurt that this subject matter is in my wheelhouse. What I mean is that while I love psychothrillers, this added a therapist and mental health aspect that I absolutely loved. It’s what I studied in graduate school, so that was awesome as well. In closing, if you want to know if this book is worth it… let me tell you.