The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The first sentence in this crime novel is straightforward:  "Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.”  Even though we know who dunnit it turns out to be a fast paced thriller with unexpected twists and the ending doesn’t disappoint.  I couldn’t put it down and it makes a perfect summer read.

Alicia, who stops speaking and offers no explanation, is convicted of her husband’s murder and committed to a psychiatric ward.  

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Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who is keen to work with Alicia and unravel her motives.  He too, we discover has seen a therapist over the course of many years prior to treating Alicia.

Alicia was a well-known artist and awaiting trial she paints a self-portrait entitled, Alcestis. Alcestis was a princess in Greek mythology who sacrificed her life to save her husband.  This Greek legend plays an important part in the novel.

As does Alicia’s diary.

Overall this book has a good plot and I found it to be a worthwhile read.

Keep an eye out at the movies as this debut novel is going to be made into a feature film.