Book Review: “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

A classic British psychological thriller

Is it odd to call “The Silent Patient” a British psychological thriller? Well it seemed very British to me, it screamed psychological thriller, and it’s a novel that I think we’ll all be reading for many years to come.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The plot

Based on Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who is married to fashion photographer, Gabriel, she has it all. That is, until, one evening, she shoots her husband five times in the face. Since the crime, Alicia decides to earn her name as The Silent Patient – she refuses to talk, completely.

Many psychologists attempt to get her talking, but with no such luck.

Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, has always wanted the opportunity to work with Alicia and get her talking. The opportunity to work with Alicia presents itself to him, and that is the start of a journey for Theo.

But the question remains, will Theo manage to get Alicia to reveal why she did what she did?

Meticulous, smart, unputdownable, suspenseful

I’ll try not to ruin this one for you.

It’s hard because all I want to do is admire the clever writing, which I can’t do without revealing something about this book… but I mustn’t.

So, what can I say about this one without ruining it?

It’s easy to read. I found it really simple to get through. You’re able spectate the story and let it unfold. You can really focus on what is going on and analyse each character as they’re introduced and as they develop.

It’s worth mentioning you will be very paranoid reading this, suspecting everyone and everything.

The plot is intriguing. As you can see above, the plot is different.

Straight away there’s doubts about a seemingly perfect relationship. But then what if it was a happy relationship, then what? How does an innocent man get killed? Worst of all, why did his wife kill him? It’s all too much.

There’s layers to this book. The main plot line is great, but there’s layers to this one. Great layers, like a Victoria Sponge!

You will feel on edge at time. Sometimes you can feel a chill down the spine reading this one. It’s intense at points.

For someone who can’t talk, Alicia as a character is fascinating. There’s so much to her, she’s an enthralling character who you can’t help but admire and be terrified of.

It’ll leave you gobsmacked. Well, I was on the bus when I was left reeling at one particular moment… and that’s all I can say on that.

A great read, my first 5 star novel in some time!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Familiar’ Progress – First Draft

T. J. Blake’s “Familiar” Progress

It’s been a while since giving you guys one of these updates on my not so secretly titled novel, “Familiar”.

Now that you know the name of my next novel, I can start opening up a little more about the novel and what you can expect once it’s released.

This psychological paranormal thriller is due for release this year. The first draft is nearly complete and ready for the editing phase, but there’s still work yet.

Don’t judge me too critically on the excerpts I will be sharing with you over the coming months, it is work from my first draft; it’s far from perfect.

Here goes:


The floorboards creak under her weight. Vibrations reverberate through her feet, skulking up her ankles. The drapes in front of her sway. The noise beyond them mounting.

Remember what you rehearsed, Arabella tells herself.

The drapes part. A beam of light swivels, locking onto her.


 

What can you tell from this small piece of content? Would love to hear what you guys think what this novel will be about and who the main character is.

More excerpts of “Familiar” to come

Familiar - coming 2020

New Year. New Book. New Title.

For most of 2019 I referred to my next book as the ‘untitled but secretly titled novel’. Today I can FINALLY reveal the name of my next novel – which is coming in 2020!

Familiar – coming 2020
Familiar - coming 2020

 

For the living, it’s closure.
For the departed, it’s the last chance to expose the truth.

 

I will be keeping you guys up to date on the progress of Familiar throughout 2020. Still to come; release date, book cover and blurb.

Thank you to all of you for your support over the years and I can’t wait to see what you all think of Familiar once it’s released!