The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Book - 2019
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EljayJohnson
Mar 13, 2020

Such a slooooooow, nothing-happening first half; pretty surprising for a pot-boiler thriller. I was just about ready to put it down when the pace picked up. Then it became very readable but dumb as dirt. But I guess I'm pretty dumb for bothering to finish.

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EvelynMD
Mar 10, 2020

Absolutely great page turner I couldn’t put it down Not disappointing ending like so many stories of this type Definitely recommend

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ralphsanders
Mar 06, 2020

Completely implausible connection of characters; what Roger Ebert called "the idiot plot." A good twist at the end, but not sure it's worth the read to get there.

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hburton2
Mar 05, 2020

I read the reviews on this book and realized that some were not so kind. I decided to give it a chance and so glad I did. I found this book an excellent read. I hope this author continues to write more novels. I probably could have read this in one sitting but wanted the suspense to continue. I usually have a good idea who the person of interest is but this one kept be hanging. I only had the book for 7 days and read more than half the first day. It’s that good. Enjoy.

_McGeek_ Mar 04, 2020

I give this a 5/5 for its genre. If you're into psychological thrillers, as I am on some occasions, this book has rich character development, some incredible twists and a perfect setting for the story in central London and at a psychiatric care facility (I read the author worked at a facility like this and has a background in therapy both as a patient and working in care, which shows in the book).
I constantly tried to figure out the ending, and I normally pride myself on predicting/ruining the endings of most things but this took me by surprise. Highly recommend if you're into this genre or just looking for an intense page turner!

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JesLandscaping
Feb 27, 2020

I'm sorry, but I can not see how has been rated so highly. Everyone, and I do mean everyone in it, has been so screwed up by their parents that they are all a mess. I know life can be hard but really? Is everyone this warped and twisted? The surprise ending was ridiculous and dare I say, sick. I know that life can be hard and tragic but completely hopeless and pointless? I don't think so. I had to read this for a book club. I was very disappointed and somewhat irritated that I had to waste my time in this way when there are so many other worthwhile books out there. I now have to expend energy trying to forget what I read- it was that disturbed. Two hours of my life that could have been better spent.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 19, 2020

Could. Not. Put. This. Down. Also: points for actually surprising me with the twist, which is hard to do given how many books of this type I read.

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Zak105
Feb 06, 2020

I love listening to books only in the car and feel privy as if its a special performance just for me. The readers of this were exceptional. Not my usual choice of topics but I loved this book.

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jbr722
Jan 31, 2020

just finished this book. it is very well written and is able to hold
your interest until the ending. the author did a very good job making
reading and following the plot of the book well. it is a very good
psychological mystery builds the suspense and holds you until
the ending.

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samsue
Jan 24, 2020

I found this slow and figured out what was happening 2/3 of the way thru. Only OK as far as I'm concerned.

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Rita_Maria
Jan 05, 2020

This book literally gave me chills! I ripped through it so quickly and was so taken aback at the end. Wow!

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elyse0513
Jan 03, 2020

Mystery prompt

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hez
Dec 26, 2019

I did not like this book. Yes it keeps you guessing however I found none of the characters were fleshed out nor could I develop any empathy for any of them. Perhaps the superficial was what the author was aiming for. When I finished the book I felt I had wasted my time. I kept waiting for something more. It's not the first best seller that I couldn't connect with.

IndyPL_LindsayH Dec 09, 2019

If you want a book that keeps you guessing this is the one for you. You won`t be able to put it down. Which narrator is telling the truth?? Read this book to find out.

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gohawkeyes
Dec 05, 2019

Fast read that kept me guessing until the end.

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swathikilingaru
Nov 23, 2019

Initially I thought it’s not my type of book. But later story picked up. One side you read Theos Faber story another side Alicia .. beautifully written. Five star for this. Very interesting thriller. I could not keep book aside just read finished it in one and half days. Must read if you like physiological thriller.

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2303tes
Nov 09, 2019

Kept me interested and I didn't see the end coming.

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cknightkc
Nov 02, 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT is an impressive debut by author Alex Michaelides. It’s a mostly solid psychological thriller that held my attention throughout the book (even though I figured out the “twist” before the reveal). With short chapters and an intriguing plot, THE SILENT PATIENT is a quick read that will keep you entertained late into the night.

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literarygene
Nov 01, 2019

Kept me reading due to the unique plot and informational knowledge of psychology. Lack of character depth for main female character and her spouse compared to the other two male characters in novel. Would recommend novel overall b/c of unique plot.

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Eil_1
Oct 17, 2019

Many likes and dislikes with this book. Personally, I enjoyed it very much. The plot was well-conceived and held my attention throughout. The conclusion rolled out smoothly with a twist that I hadn't expected. I'd recommend this intense and unique novel.

JCLNikkiG Oct 09, 2019

The plot twist you will never see coming! As you learn details about the story you begin formulating what happened, expecting to be disappointed when you inevitably guess the ending correctly. However, you will not be disappointed with this ending! Nor will you be able to guess what actually happened...My favorite book of 2019, hands down.

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ednabw
Oct 09, 2019

Excellent psychological mystery that has a psychoanalyst with his own broken background navigating a way to treat a murderer who refuses to speak after being convicted of shooting her popular photographer husband in cold blood. Both patient and psychoanalyst immediately strike up a relationship that no other staff has been able to despite her assigned psychiatrist who remains suspicious and defensive about her treatment. There are several turns that keep the reader guessing about motives and subsequent actions until the last page. So, go ahead and guess but don’t read the end first!

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mksmith2
Oct 06, 2019

*SPOILER* I have to say, though I wasn't crazy about the twist at the end I must commend the author on his style of writing. His ability to make the reader believe it's a constant timeline gives you a false sense of security. So for that I have to say very well done!

K_ROK Sep 28, 2019

I finished this one but was not very satisfied at all. The twist came a little late for me, the characters were more flat than round and I couldn't sympathize with any of them. Also based on the setting and premise of the book the author could have made something really great and exciting with the plot but sadly it was not. There are way better thrillers out there, you aren't missing much with this one. Also the setting for the affair that was described in the book seemed very unrealistic for the age of the people taking part - maybe that is what teenagers would do but not successful young professionals with a healthy bank account in a city with a myriad of accommodations (hotel over woods in the park anyone??)

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Book Club Selection. Easy ready. Engaging


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