Hi Reading Ninjas, today I have another diversion from romance for you and it's a doozy!!! This was recommended by a friend, the same friend who recommended Verity a few weeks ago. She's got a penchant for the dramatic and a good mind f##k and this one fits the bill perfectly.
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Told from the point of view of psychologist Theo, new shrink on the block who's taken a job specifically to work with silent patient and husband murderer Alicia. The story follows Theo and Alicia as he struggles to break through the silent barrier Alicia created around her psyche; while also being told my Alicia herself by way of the diary she kept.
Theo struggles to interact and break through Alicias shell while learning just how fractured the mind he is working to heal is... This book is full of twists, turns, back tracks and moments when you just gasp and mutter WTF to yourself. it's a read that although on it's surface seems heavy, draws you in and keeps you trapped until the last words - making it a quick read as well because you just can't put it down.
And in the words of my girl Maryke - at the end you'll be staring at the walls wondering what the hell just happened. Shh, don't say a word - no explanations and no admissions of guilt will ever be spoken by The Silent Patient.
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....