THE SILENT PATIENT [Paperback] Michaelides, Alex

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      Absolutely brilliant . . . I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitementSTEPHEN FRY

      Masterly plotting, Hitchcockian suspense and an absolute jaw-dropper of an ending. Read this book!LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of THE HUNTING PARTY

      Intelligent, imaginative and a terrific readTHE TIMES – Crime Book of the Month

      I read it in two nights and savoured every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist ― DAVID BALDACCI

      Smart, sophisticated suspense – a very fine novel by any standard ― LEE CHILD

      The perfect thriller. I quite literally couldn’t put it down ― A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

      A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel ― THE OBSERVER

      The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a masterBBC CULTURE

      One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year. Masterfully plotted and brilliantly paced by a writer at the top of his game ― CARA HUNTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME

      A superior psycho-thrillerTHE TIMES

      I was kicking myself black and blue that I did not see *that* moment coming. I have never been so happily wrong-footed. A very clever book – highly recommended.C. J. TUDOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CHALK MAN

      A neatly woven, intelligently written story that lifts the curtain on the complexities of trauma and the human psyche ― ALI LAND, Sunday Times bestselling author of GOOD ME, BAD ME

      The definition of a page turner. The twist comes as hard and fast as a slap across the face. ― JOHN MARRS, bestselling author of THE GOOD SAMARITAN

      Genuinely chilling and with a real sucker punch of a twist ― SHARON BOLTON, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CRAFTSMAN

      A hugely impressive debutSTEVE CAVANAGH, bestselling author of THIRTEEN

      Comes with a killer twistSUNDAY TIMES Crime Club

      An unforgettable – and Hollywood-bound – new thrillerENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

      An excellent, slow-burning psychological thriller; sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surpriseJOANNE HARRIS

      Impossible to put down, with a twist that will blow your mind ― MARK EDWARDS, bestselling author of THE MAGPIES

      One of the most hotly anticipated novels of this year ― DAILY EXPRESS

      One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read . . . with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memoryBLAKE CROUCH, author of DARK MATTER

      Book Description

      With film rights snapped up by an Oscar winning Hollywood production company, rights sold in a world record 43 territories, and rave blurbs from David Baldacci, Lee Child and A.J. Finn, The Silent Patient is the international, multimillion-copy bestseller that you need to read this year.

      From the Publisher

      Thriller

      A J Finn

      David Baldacci

      Thriller

      Dimensions 2.4 × 19.6 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Orion; latest edition (15 July 2019)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 352 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 1409181634

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-1409181637

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ Customer suggested age

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 248 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ India

      Generic Name ‏

      ‎ The Silent Patient

      UNSPSC-Code

      55101500 (Printed publications) Report an incorrect code

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      8 reviews for THE SILENT PATIENT [Paperback] Michaelides, Alex

      1. Swapnal

        This was a fun ride. From start, till end, it was extremely gripping. I feel like rereading it, already. I am quite curious to know more though. Some unanswered questions, I would like to be answered.

      2. Anuradha Gupta

        ***MILD SPOILERS AHEAD***The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides was the first of the many that brought me into the world of crime, murder mysteries especially. A psychological thriller, a classic whydunnit I’d call it. Although I am not a huge fan of books that screw my mind (I believe that I have just a tiny bit of my mind left handling a toddler and I’d rather save it) this book came with rave reviews and I made an exception, just to break out of my comfort zone. I was highly skeptical, you know. I had stopped picking up books on impulse since I realized my time is precious (toddler again) and I will get only so much time to read (read give up my sleep and read) So I better make choices that I wouldn’t regret. So, did I? I wouldn’t say this review would be an entirely positive one, but it will have those points as well which I thought gives less credibility to this otherwise super debut novel.Psychotherapist Theo Faber takes up a job, or better say worms his way in, at The Grove, a facility for dangerous convicts. Why leave his comfortable job elsewhere and come to the sinking ship that this institution is? The reason is the artist, Alicia Berenson. A high profile resident convict of The Grove who has been convicted in an open-and-shut case of murdering her husband, 5 bullets in the man and she, in behind the bars. What’s so strange about the case that brings Theo to her after 6 years of the crime is that she hasn’t spoken a word since, either in her defense or against it. Theo believes he would be able to break the walls that Alicia has built around herself and get the truth out of her mouth, whatever that may be. With Theo now treating Alicia in the hopes of a breakthrough, what proceeds gives a new perspective to the entire case. Emotions are expressed and behavioral changes are presented by Alicia in a manner that no one could believe. As Theo digs deeper into the past, he realizes the truth is much deeply embedded than just the day of the crime which Alicia has committed.Written in parts, the story is told from the POV of both Theo and Alicia. While Alicia keeps a diary, Theo’s parts are more conversational, he and his wife and he and Alicia. Frankly, the chapters with his wife bored me to death and I considered putting the books down several times wondering what the hell, why is the wife in the midst of all this when apparently she doesn’t have anything of value to add to the book except several extra pages of inconsequential matter? But what I didn’t know, pardon me, I am a novice in thriller/crime, was that in a genre like this, nothing is neglected. What is written must be relevant somehow, somewhere. The complexity of Michaelides’ story is revealed only at the end, the sheer amount of work that must have gone into building the characters and then laying them bare for the reader by delving deep into their psyches is enthralling. The gradual release of Alicia’s miseries is mirrored by that of Theo’s. Both the primary characters have dark secrets to guard, and it is in the company of each other that they open up and let the reader in.From what I know about psychological thrillers, they are usually the playground for the author where the reader is just a spectator. Both the teams are the author himself, he kicks, he saves; he hits, he catches; what he shows is what we see most of the time. Unless we are someone belonging to the super reader category and able to read between the lines or guess accurately, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to see through the author’s fib. In this book, the author resorts to the same method as mentioned above, masking facts only to reveal them later and leave the reader on her knees with the carpet-pull effect. I am not saying I disliked the book, in fact, I liked it so much that I dived headfirst into the genre, but it does have its misgivings, the foremost being Theo’s desperate attempt at silencing Alicia. Even if she would have spoken, who would have believed a convicted murderer who hasn’t spoken for 6 years and is considered almost senile? There are a few other tidbits that put me off, like Theo’s relationship with his wife, his eagerness to treat Alicia, and most importantly, the misgivings about the timeline.Despite all of the above-mentioned irregularities, I enjoyed reading the book. I had a lot to take away from it. The issues around mental illness and its acceptance, or lack of it, by the patient and the ones around them even today, is heart-wrenching. What must be treated like any other disease, is left to fend for itself which often gives way to dire consequences. Of all the times, now is the most critical of all to acknowledge, understand, and lend an ear to those who suffer silently.

      3. Muhammed musthafa

        It’s an interesting thriller.

      4. KG

        4.5⭐Do not try finding what the ending could be , maybe you’d fail at each attempt…The twist , the turn, the acceptance after doing something punishable…it was a mind blowing read.

      5. Ishan

        One of the best crime psychological thriller which will keeps you on the edges till the last page and even leaves you thinking about it for days. The story, narrative, layering in characters, suspense and continuity of it is in depth in nature and will keep you hooked in.You might lose interest in bits and pieces but hold your nerve and be patient, it will worth every minute you spent on it.

      6. Amazon Customer

        What a read! The pace with which the story goes, the story telling and the twist! Such a classic and amazing book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

      7. Varshne

         Paper quality was bit low and alignment was not proper …but it’s adjustable…. would recommend to buy it

      8. Value for money, very good taste as we all know

        Just buy the book don’t overthing about this if you love mind binding stories and if you like drama suspense when you read it to the end and you are deep into the stories and come to the you will be shocked what you read.

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