Check out my The Silent Patient book summary and Review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Silent Painter is a 2019 psychological thriller novel written by British-Cypriot author Alex Michaelides. Her first novel was published on February 5, 2019 by Seldon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers.

The audiobook version, published on the same date, was read by Lewis Braille and Jack Hawkins. The story revolves around a British psychotherapist, Theo Faber, dealing with a patient who goes silent after killing her husband. Following its publication, the book debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller List. It won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award in the Mystery and Thriller category.

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The Silent Patient book summary :

Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, was convicted of murdering her husband, photographer Gabriel Berenson. As his liability diminished, he was admitted to a secure forensic unit called Grove. Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist interested in Berenson, successfully applied for a position at Grove.

At his request, he was placed in charge of Alicia, who has not spoken since the day of the murder. Although she was silent during their therapy session, Alicia gave Theo her diary. In it, he describes seeing a masked man at his home a few weeks before the murder.

To find out more about Alicia, Theo contacted her cousin. He recounts an incident in their childhood that took place shortly after his mother committed suicide. Alicia's father, deeply saddened for his wife, wishes Alicia death instead.

Theo realized that this had a profound effect on his soul. He repeats the episode to her, which prompts her to speak. She tells him that the masked man broke into her house and killed Gabriel.

Theo is a masked man. He enters the Berenson home to confront Gabriel, who had an affair with Theor's wife. Holding them at gunpoint, Theo chose Gabriel to save himself or his wife, and he chose the former.

Theo left without shooting any of them, as he only wanted to expose Gabriel's selfishness. Gabriel's betrayal reminds Alicia of her father and he kills her. Upon hearing the news, Theo plans to become her therapist to help Alicia recover from her trauma.

When Alicia tells Theo a fake story about the masked man, she realizes that she recognizes him. Attempts to kill him through overdose. Unknown to Theor, Alicia recorded the events in her diary before losing consciousness, which was discovered by police. They went to Theo's house and began reading Alicia's last entry, relieved when she was caught.

The novel has received generally positive reviews from critics. The Independent praised the book for its plot, character, and style, writing: "[The book] is clear enough that it can be swallowed up in a day. Praises "and" skillful construction of suspense in the wonderful ending of the novel ".

The Deccan Herald calls it "a clever plot and compelling character study and ultimately an influential punch that makes you choke." The Washington Post praised the plot as "new" but criticized it as "hacky horror trops, stale scenes and cute and cunning red herring character." With a twist any discerning reader will see from a distance of one mile.

The Silent Patient book Review :

At first, I wasn't sure I would like this book; The Silent Patient seemed, for all intents and purposes, like any other general psychological thriller book. In many ways it was, but in other ways, it stands out because of its excellent character and the depth of the story and its content.

Looking beyond the front of an image-perfect married couple to see unemployment under the cover of modern life, The Silent Patient questions the horrific events that lead one dead and the other a silent life in a mental hospital.

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who has been admitted to a forensic unit in North London. Her husband, Graham, a fashion photographer, has been charged with murder after returning home one evening. After the Graham shooting, Alicia never spoke again.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who took a job at Grove hoping to work with Alicia. He is obsessed with learning his purpose. He knows he can talk to her. Others have tried - others have failed. Will he succeed?

Although Alicia does not speak, the reader gets a glimpse of her life through the discussion of theories with her life. Well, more so, we get their impressions about him, what they know about him and their own guesses about him.

The reader can learn more about Alicia through her diary entries. Finally, Alicia "speaks" through written words. But for what reason could she shoot her husband? Will he ever talk? Why isn't he talking now? By choice? Is it due to trauma?

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