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The Silent Patient: The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday Times bestselling thriller and Richard & Judy book club pick Kindle Edition
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WITH OVER THREE MILLION COPIES SOLD, read the Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestselling, record-breaking thriller that everyone is talking about - soon to be a major film.
'The perfect thriller' AJ FINN
'Terrific' - THE TIMES Crime Book of the Month
'Smart, sophisticated suspense' - LEE CHILD
'Compelling' - OBSERVER
'Absolutely brilliant' - STEPHEN FRY
'A totally original psychological mystery' - DAVID BALDACCI
'One of the best thrillers I've read this year' - CARA HUNTER
'The pace and finesse of a master' - BBC CULTURE
Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.
When she shot her husband in the head five times.
Since then she hasn't spoken a single word.
It's time to find out why.
THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read thriller of the year - perfect for fans of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell, BLOOD ORANGE by Harriet Tyce and PLAYING NICE by JP Delaney.
- ASIN : B07G17DR4X
- Publisher : Orion (5 February 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1769 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 169 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I can’t believe that it took me so long to read this one or that it’s a debut novel!
The writing was so easy and comfortable to read it was like catching up with an old friend if that makes sense. Alex Michaelides had me completely mesmerised with his writing.
The story intrigued me from start to finish as did the characters especially Alicia. I really enjoyed reading her diary entries and enjoyed the sessions between her and Theo.
Of course I was trying to guess what was happening as I went and can honestly say that I enjoyed how it all unfolded and how the book ended.
Seriously hoping that there will be more books from Alex Michaelides
It's a easy read, very fast paced with very interesting characters that you are questioning along the way.
Alicia Berenson is such a mysterious, intriguing character. Will she ever speak? You will have to pick the book up to find out.
Normally in books you can feel where the twists and turns are leading. In this book it just hits you and you are smiling, shocked and surprised as it's all ties in perfectly.
Great great read! Get it!
A woman is found at the scene of a crime where her husband is dead & she’s holding the gun. She hasn’t spoken since the incident so she gets put in a psychiatric hospital. Psychologist Theo faber is very curious about the case and gets the job at the grove to treat her.
Lots of twist. Highly recommend.
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I succumbed to the hype and purchased this book only to end up being painfully (almost literally) disappointed. Like many of the other poor reviews I read on Amazon (and mercifully there are enough of them to support my opinion), this book is an example of how anything can make millions of it’s marketed well enough. But it’s so unfair to some of the talented writers out there struggling to get a look in. Plot? Ridiculous. Knowledge of psychotherapy? Verging on dangerous and for the most part unethically represented. Writing style? Cringe worthy , stilted and overly explanatory ... what happened to the ‘show not tell’ mantra of good creative writing? Character development? Embarrassingly one dimensional and frankly boring. Twists? Seriously ... it’s a joke! And as for the typos, the confusing misuse of tenses and basic grammar - horrifying! And the guy supposedly has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge!
I predict that this, when played out on the silver screen, headlined no doubt by another big celebrity like Thurman or Lawerence, will flop in the same way Mr Michaelidis’ other two screenplays did. It’s inevitable. The guy may have a bucket load if high profile connections but he’s an average/poor writer at best. But I suppose what does he care? He’s making a fortune. That makes him a good business man .. . at least.
Lovers of big twists may be tempted, but I found it both predictable and, paradoxically, implausible. The Stephen Fry who declares this to be 'brilliant' on the dust cover can't be the Stephen Fry we are all thinking of. Avoid.
The narrator , Theo Faber, is a young psychotherapist, who seizes on the opportunity to work with the patient, Alicia Berenson, in the hope of helping her, and in particular restoring her speech. To say more about the action would be to spoil the experience of being carried along by the plot. It's a novel that can very nearly be read at a sitting, and once past a certain point, is extremely difficult to put down.
On the basis of all this, it would seem the book falls automatically into the highest bracket, yet I do have some reservations. That it is a quick easy read is only partly owing to the intriguing plot. Some of the writing is flat and cliched; the diary sequences are not wholly convincing - I find them inconsistent with an agonised state of mind - there are lapses in grammar and the book needs more careful proof-reading.
The underlying idea is original and promising and it's not a book that anyone is likely to abandon half way through, but it lacks polish; it would have profited by the author standing back at the end and taking a hard critical look. At times I felt it was written in as great a rush as it is likely to be read. I have to admit, though, that it seems to have impressed a large number of people.
Having said all that, the book did have some interesting twists and turns in it and the ‘borderline’ issue didn’t put me off to the extent that I couldn’t finish it. So, yes, all in all an okay read but I do think it is over hyped and I probably won’t bother with the film adaptation that is apparently going to be made.