First Line Fridays: February 1st

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews.

This week I have started & finished reading this lovely advance reader copy courtesy of Celadon Books!


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“July 14

I don’t know why I’m writing this.  That’s not true.  Maybe I do know and just don’t want to admit it to myself.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads…

Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patientis 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….

Should be a good one (*note: I wrote this and scheduled it before I finished reading it…see previous post, haha)!  What are you reading right now??



Book Review: The Silent Patient

Let me start this review off by saying when I finished this book I threw it across the room.  This review is going to be one of unpopular opinion, fair warning.

This is a quick read.  A woman is found guilty of killing her husband, but, instead of being in jail, she’s in a psychiatric hospital.  Why?  Ever since she killed him she has not spoken, she’s been silent.  Enter Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who has been obsessed with Alicia ever since her case gained media attention.  He gets a job at her care facility with the intention of getting her to talk once again.  And when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED.  He tracks down people that knew her and question them like he’s a detective, it gets a little bizarre.

This was a weird one guys.  I read it and completed the book in just a few days, however, I never felt that into it.  It was enough for me to read it, but, it wasn’t a heart racing, can’t turn the the page fast enough thriller for me.  It felt like a mystery with some messed up characters.

Unreliable narrator.  Without giving much away this is all I will say on that.

The twist?  I cursed out loud.  It was a huge shock and from that point on I picked up my reading speed.  The end?  I cursed again.  By now you should know I love a solid ending…the author tells us, x happened.  This one I felt was open too much.  Reflecting upon the ending maybe the author plans on writing a sequel because you certainly could.  Without giving too much away once again, there are a few characters in here who are batshat crazy.  You could write an entire novel based off of where it leaves us.  If you have read this one, you’ll understand…and you’ll also understand why I threw the book BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE EFF HAPPENED!

3 star read for me.  It wasn’t pulling me in from the get go, it was alright.  It is an easy read.  The book is separated into 4 parts which I feel is a little unnecessary as it all flowed continuously with flashbacks to what happened to before the murder courtesy of Alicia’s diary.  This reminds me of when I read another book and described it to someone saying, “I read it and I wanted to read it, but, it just fell flat and was not that interesting.  It doesn’t make sense I know, but, it was just a weird read.”  And when they read the book they told me the exact same thing, haha.

Have you read this?  Have this on your list?  I know everyone is raving about it right now, but, I just can’t get in to the hype.  Have you read a book like this where all you see are rave reviews and you’re like, what?????


Title: The Silent Patient

Author:  Alex Michaelides

Publisher: Celadon Books

Release Date: Expected February 5, 2019

ISBN-10: 1250301696

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