Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Anyone else thought The Silent Patient would go down a Shutter-Island-y road where we’d discover that the patient…ehem…(no spoilers for those who haven’t watched the movie: that twist still haunts me to this day). The ending of this book is a bit different though…

The Silent Patient is an entertaining, stay-up-all-night mystery debut with a *satisfactory* conclusion. The plot and the setting and the main characters’ backstories all played a part in keeping me engrossed in this tangled mystery where a psychotherapist feels compelled to treat and investigate a woman who shot her husband and refuses to speak again.

The twist towards the end is surprising and might even make you gasp because a) there are no clues throughout the book and b) there’s *full* omission of truth; meaning one of the characters is straight-up lying to the reader, so if you re-read the book you won’t find a clue that makes you go, “oh that makes perfect sense!

All in all, this was an enjoyable debut and I applaud the author for writing a tremendously compelling and gripping novel! A solid 4-star read.

What about you? Did you love/like The Silent Patient? Were you expecting something…better? Let’s discuss!

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