The Silent Patient : Book Review

“We often mistake love for fireworks – for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and constant.”


Alicia Berenson writes in her diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all the others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought. And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?


This book reminded me once again why I love reading thrillers! It was amazing! I just couldn’t put it down! I was so hooked right from the start, desperate to know what happened. I don’t know who’s story I was more invested in, Alicia’s or Theo’s. And at the ending, I literally gasped out loud! It was a really genius plot twist! I might’ve had a little hunch at one point, but that was not what I expected!! I reread the last pages again, and I was like ‘How did I not see that!!’ But also I just wish there was a little aftermath of the story. It’s not really needed, but just.

I have seen this book a lot lately, so I bought it impulsively, and I swear it disappoint at all. I suspected almost every character at some point or the other, and that’s what makes a good thriller for me, you can never trust anyone completely. The writing, it was amazing. And for a debut novel, this book is perfect! How many more reasons do you need to pick up this book!?

-R.Deekshitha,  Hyderabad

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