Hello and welcome to JuliaPalooza! Today I am delighted to share my stop on the Blog Tour for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, which is published by Orion and is available to buy now (links below).
About the book
I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me. Sometimes I think-
No. I won’t write about that.
Alicia Berenson writes a 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 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?
The Silent Patient is a highly original, complex and intelligent psychological mystery thriller.
The premise grabs you initially but there are multiple layers of intrigue and red herrings along the way to sustain your interest and grip your attention. There are also some interesting points about psychology and psychotherapy and it’s always good to learn something as well as being entertained!
Alex Michaelides bring his characters and scenes to life in vivid colour, just like one of Alicia’s paintings; he keeps you invested in their actions and feelings but provokes equally strong emotions in you the reader.
And yes, the twist is bloody marvellous. I did have to put my kindle down for a few minutes at that point just to think it through! The plot is sound throughout though, and the writing strong so the book is much more than ‘just’ a good twist (but – again – it is a good one!)
This is an excellent psychological thriller and I really hope there is more of the same to come from Alex Michaelides.
Thank you to NetGalley and Orion for the ARC of The Silent Patient and to Tracy Fenton for my spot on the blog tour.
About the Author
Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, Alex Michaelides studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara.
The Silent Patient is his first novel.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the fantastic bloggers on the tour for The Silent Patient: