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An outstanding read. The characters are well developed over the entire span of the book. The twists and turns are unexpected. The ending is totally unexpected. For thriller readers, The Silent Patient is a must read.
A most interesting book! The author is able to grab one and immerse them into the book quickly. Couldn't put it down and the ending totally surprised me. Very good book!
Plot driven psychological thriller about an artist who murders her husband (and mysteriously refuses to speak) and a psychotherapist who is very determined to uncover the mystery. It's a perfectly executed thriller with a big plot twist at the end, but I found it a bit dull mostly because all of the characters are poorly developed (this one is all about the plot). I suspect this would make a better movie than a book.
A gripping, twisting story that actually caught me off-guard, but events and characterization are left so underdeveloped as to detract noticeably from the reading experience. I somehow skipped seven chapters and didn't question my confusion until I was three-fourths through the book. This was mostly possibly because the chapters (and conversations and internal monologues) were so clipped that I didn't have a deep understanding of or attachment to them. So unfortunate! With greater length and substance, this could have been a special book.
Let me just say the premise of this book is Alicia Berenson kills her husband, and then becomes completely mute. LIKE WHAT. Alicia is then admitted into a psychiatric hospital where she talks to no one and leaves her husband’s murder a complete mystery. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist that is determined to figure out this mysterious murder. Little does Theo know, there is A LOT to unpack in this case. I will say it is a slow burn, but when you get to the last third, you can’t put it down. This was a rollercoaster ride I wasn’t for and honestly the complexities of it took me a moment to realize all that was being uncovered. If you are looking for a real psychological thriller, give this one a go and I promise you won’t see the end coming
I found this a good quick absorbing read. I selected it as it often appears on recommended reading lists and I can see why. A few discrepancies in storytelling detract from an otherwise great book with the ultimate twist saved to the end.
Loved it! A wonderfully written thriller that pulls you in from the start and ends with an absolute shock. Everything you could want in a fast mystery read.
A quick read. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly. A good psychological thriller. The author has a strong understanding of what makes people/characters act they way they do. The undercurrent of the story is how the things in our childhood have shaped us into our adult selves.
It took me awhile to get into this book and I felt like there was some lacking in certain character development. But overall it was an enjoyable read.
This story made me think at the end, which I really like in a book. It explored the human mind and the power other people and deep relationships have over individuals in a very unique and compelling way. The twist was interesting, but not completely shocking/mind-blowing.
My absolute favourite book to date. So many twists and emotions involved. Loved this!!!!
I suspected everything I read was maybe all in Theo’s mind but definitely didn’t see the ending the way it was which was a surprise.
I've never felt a plot twist in a novel like this one! I am so excited to see it as a movie in the future years.
Um, I feel uneasy after finishing this.
At first thought...…plot holes? Not so sure. I can't really say much without spoiling it.
Maybe it's just me but something about the character developments doesn't gel.
That aside, this was a pretty good read, nice pacing. 3.8/5
Psychological thriller in the "spirit" of Gone Girl. The "solution" of the crime is certainly clever, but the denoument of the book was a bit unsatisfactory. Like the author ran out of steam. I heard it on audio book CD format. It was well read by the two narrators. And the interview with the author at the end was really charming!
I tried to predict the twist but failed. A very clever mystery around a convicted murderess who maintains complete silence. Why did she kill her husband? Her psychotherapist is determined to find out. Read it in a day. Excellent
Easily the best thriller of 2020. You’re guaranteed to read this in a single day, so plan accordingly. Without giving too much away, a woman murders her husband and a therapist is driven to figure out why (and that’s all I’m going to say about that).
This book was definitely a detour from what I normally read but I had heard so much about it I decided to put my name on the hold list. It was a little slow to get started but kept my interest because I wanted to find out how it ended. The end of the book has a real twist.
There's been a lot of hype around this book that caused me to raise my expectations, then the book didn't quite meet them.
Very easy to read with incredibly short chapters. Good writing. Was expecting a thriller, but I would say it's more psychological. Not a lot of heavy suspense. Decent plot twist at the very end.
I gave this one 4/5 stars.