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The Silent Patient

THE SILENT PATIENT - Alex Michaelides

“The Silent Patient” is a psychological thriller novel written by Alex Michaelides, published in 2019. The story centers around Alicia Berenson, a talented painter who shoots her husband, Gabriel, multiple times in the face and then stops speaking. Following the murder, Alicia is committed to a psychiatric facility called The Grove, where she remains silent and unresponsive.

The protagonist, Theo Faber, is a psychotherapist who becomes fascinated by Alicia’s case and is determined to uncover the truth behind her silence. He manages to secure a position at The Grove in order to work with Alicia, hoping to help her break her silence and discover what led her to commit such a shocking act of violence.

As Theo delves deeper into Alicia’s past and psyche, he uncovers a web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that lead him to question everything he thought he knew about her and her marriage. Along the way, he also confronts his own demons and struggles with his obsession with Alicia’s case.

As the story unfolds, Theo unravels the mystery surrounding Alicia’s silence and the events leading up to Gabriel’s murder, ultimately leading to a shocking and unexpected revelation.

“The Silent Patient” is praised for its gripping plot, complex characters, and suspenseful twists and turns. Alex Michaelides delivers a masterful psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing until the very end. The novel explores themes of guilt, trauma, and the nature of perception, while also raising questions about the reliability of memory and the consequences of silence.

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