The Silent Patient-Storyline and Review
‘The Silent Patient‘ is a riveting story, a thoroughly enjoyable read, and an enthralling experience for all those who enjoy thrillers and murder mysteries.
The story revolves around two main characters – Alicia and Theo. Alicia is a famous painter, married to Gabriel – a fashion photographer, living in a grand house in seemingly marital bliss. Her life seems perfect until one evening after Gabriel returns from work, Alicia shoots him five times in his face.
Alicia becomes all silent after this. Unable to get any statement from her and considering her condition, the court sends her to The Grove, a treatment centre. She spends several years under psychiatric care, entirely silent, not revealing anything to anyone. All attempts to make her speak go in vain as she refuses to utter a single word. The only communication from her side is a picture that she had painted after killing her husband – The painting is named Alcestis.
A psychotherapist, Theo, is deeply interested in Alicia’s case and wants to understand the motive behind the killing and the reason for her silence. He secures a job for himself at ‘The Grove’ and becomes Alicia’s psychotherapist. As Theo starts investigating, he unravels many details about Alicia’s life – her family, friends, work, and most importantly, her past. But despite several attempts to make her talk, he gets only silence from Alicia until, finally, one day, she hands him over the diary in which she had recorded her everyday life until a few days before the murder. This gives Theo a much deeper understanding of her. Now, Theo believes that he has won her trust. But does Alicia have the same feeling? Does she trust him, or does she have other motives?
Finally, Theo gets her to talk to him. But does Alicia tell him everything truthfully? Can Theo extract all the truth from her, or do his limitations stop him from doing so?
The book has all the elements that keep the readers hooked until the end. The author cleverly intertwines Theo and Alicia’s story and unearths the mystery at the end brilliantly and unpredictably—an excellent read for all mystery lovers.
- Publisher : Orion; 1st edition (12 Dec. 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1409181634
- ISBN-13 : 978-1409181637
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
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