Listening Lately {The Silent Patient}

Last October I asked y’all for suggestions on suspenseful and thrilling type reads and so many of you recommended The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. My library didn’t carry it even after a few months of stalking. It eventually fell of my radar. Nearly a year later, I was thrilled to see it pop up as an available audio book on my Libby app!

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….

The Silent Patient absolutely delivered on the psychological thriller ask from last year! Set in a psychiatric ward, the characters are likeable and the plot twists come out of nowhere. I couldn’t If you’re a fan of audio books, I’d me remiss if I didn’t mention the narrator’s fabulous accent.

I’m already listening to another in the young adult fantasy genre (House of Salt and Sorrows) and have queued up a memoir after that (Educated). What are you reading or listening to?

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