The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Large Print - 2019
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An Instant New York Times BestsellerAlicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect: she's a famous painter married to a fashion photographer, and they live in a grand house in London. But one evening, Alicia shoots and kills her husband. Then she never speaks another word. The mystery captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. She, the silent patient, is held at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist determined to get Alicia to talk and explain her crime. But this takes Theo down a twisting path into his own motivations -- a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432858643
1432858645
Characteristics: 483 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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In this page-turning thriller, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is obsessed with the high-profile murder case surrounding Alicia Berenson, a young, attractive woman imprisoned in a mental institution for shooting her husband at close range. Berenson, a talented painter, and her husband Gabriel... Read More »


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JCLBrittanyC Jan 13, 2021

Let me just say the premise of this book is Alicia Berenson kills her husband, and then becomes completely mute. LIKE WHAT. Alicia is then admitted into a psychiatric hospital where she talks to no one and leaves her husband’s murder a complete mystery. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist that is determined to figure out this mysterious murder. Little does Theo know, there is A LOT to unpack in this case. I will say it is a slow burn, but when you get to the last third, you can’t put it down. This was a rollercoaster ride I wasn’t for and honestly the complexities of it took me a moment to realize all that was being uncovered. If you are looking for a real psychological thriller, give this one a go and I promise you won’t see the end coming

LoganLib_Meg Jan 12, 2021

I found this a good quick absorbing read. I selected it as it often appears on recommended reading lists and I can see why. A few discrepancies in storytelling detract from an otherwise great book with the ultimate twist saved to the end.

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blairpettit
Jan 03, 2021

Loved it! A wonderfully written thriller that pulls you in from the start and ends with an absolute shock. Everything you could want in a fast mystery read.

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esrobbins
Dec 22, 2020

A quick read. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly. A good psychological thriller. The author has a strong understanding of what makes people/characters act they way they do. The undercurrent of the story is how the things in our childhood have shaped us into our adult selves.

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karebear111
Dec 16, 2020

It took me awhile to get into this book and I felt like there was some lacking in certain character development. But overall it was an enjoyable read.

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sjcru
Dec 11, 2020

This story made me think at the end, which I really like in a book. It explored the human mind and the power other people and deep relationships have over individuals in a very unique and compelling way. The twist was interesting, but not completely shocking/mind-blowing.

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cassmazza
Dec 02, 2020

My absolute favourite book to date. So many twists and emotions involved. Loved this!!!!

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herlz
Nov 23, 2020

I suspected everything I read was maybe all in Theo’s mind but definitely didn’t see the ending the way it was which was a surprise.

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DavidB
Nov 21, 2020

I hated this book from start to finish.

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bettybob
Nov 21, 2020

Couldn't put it down!
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"No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, "A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby."

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"Sometimes it's hard to grasp why the answers to the present lie in the past."

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" I didn't want to die. Not yet; not when I hadn't live. This gave me a kind of hope, however murky and ill defined."

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"Somehow grasping at vanishing snowflakes is like grasping at happiness: an act of possession that instantly gives way to nothing."

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"The development of our personalities doesn't take place in isolation, but in relationship with others - we are shaped and completed by unseen, unremembered forces; namely, our parents."

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