Docket Page 26 – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To write a psychological thriller inspired by a Greek myth.

FACTS: “Alcestis willingly sacrifices her life for that of her husband, Admetus, dying in his place when no one else will.” In the beginning of the book painter Alicia Berenson apparently murders her husband, fashion photographer Gabriel Berenson. She never speaks another word. She paints a self-portrait in the days after the murder and at her trial refuses to mount a defense. She is found incompetent to stand trial and is transferred to a mental hospital. Psychotherapist Theo Faber is fascinated with the case and manages to secure a job at the hospital in hopes of saving Alicia. The ending is not at all expected. I could not put it down!

VERDICT: Guilty, as charged. If you like psycho-thrillers pick up this book immediately!

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