It may only be March, but I’m confident in saying that this book will be one of the best books of 2019 that I’ve read. After all, I read it in only one sitting!
If I made a list of things that I wish I had more time for, reading would be right at the top. (Other hobbies I wish I had more time for include: listening to podcasts, cooking and binging television shows).
But reading? Well it’s always been a passion of mine. In fact, at the time of publishing this post I have exactly 739 books on my Goodreads ‘To-Read’ shelf. Around book 600 I thought “I should get this under control”, but at this point I’ve accepted the fact that that simply won’t happen. I’m a book lover at heart.
I also learned that keeping a list of books that I’m committing to reading each month/quarter is useless. I pick my books based on my moods. I’m partial to a good thriller, but since joining my bookclub and a couple different Facebook book pages, I have really expanded myself to so many different genre’s. It’s best that the book I’m reading is picked based on what I feel like reading at the time. And with 730+ choices, I have something to satisfy any mood.
So when I bought this book on killing time at a bookstore before an appointment, I figured I’d get to it soon enough. I’d been hearing great things both from personal friends and online. I had no idea that I’d start the book at around 4:45 that evening, finishing it around 9pm that evening, barely taking a break.
When Alicia Berenson, an affluent painter with a seemingly happy marriage and life, shoots her husband in the face five times, she paints one last piece and never speaks another word.
The subject of fury, wonder, and overwhelming judgement, Alicia fades into a mental health institution, destined to remain silent forever and the mystery never solved.
Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber has waited years to treat Alicia and solve the mystery of her supposedly unprovoked act of murder. When the opportunity to take over Alicia’s care presents itself four years after the murder, Theo’s eager to undertake the challenge of getting Alicia to talk, however before Alicia talks, Theo is going to have to reveal much of himself, which bares an eerily resemblance to Alicia’s story.
WHY I LOVED IT
Let me be clear – The Silent Patient is a quick and easy read. With short chapters drawing you in, you’ll quickly find yourself falling into the “just one more chapter” trap.
I also loved it because I genuinely didn’t figure out the ending, until the end. That’s rare for me. Whether it’s a movie, TV show or book, I’m a person that figures out the ending of the mystery before the ending about 90% of the time. And while I knew there who the players were in this mystery, I couldn’t figure out how they were connected.
In addition, Michaelides does a great job of creating the sense of urgency. By one of his two key characters not speaking, you’re constantly on the edge of your seat because you know, at some point, she’s going to speak. And when she does, you’re going to have a whole other layer to this story exposed.
By the time 2019 ends I will likely have a handful of favorites that span genres, but I’m convinced that The Silent Patient will one of those favorites.
TELL ME: What is one of your ‘stay up all night’ books?