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The Silent Patient

av Alex Michaelides

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2019 års stora thriller-hype »Smart, sofistikerat berättande genomsyrat av genuin spänning.« Lee Child »Fullkomligt briljant!« Stephen Fry Alicia Berensons liv är till synes perfekt. Hon är en känd konstnär gift med en eftertraktad modefotograf. Tillsammans bor de i ett lyxhus med stora fönster och utsikt över en park i ett av Londons mest fashionabla områden. En kväll kommer Alicias make hem från en modefotografering - och Alicia avlossar fem skott i hans ansikte, för att därefter aldrig mer säga ett ord. Alicias vägran att prata eller komma med någon som helst form av förklaring förvandlar en våldsam familjetragedi till någonting mycket större: Ett mysterium som fångar allmänhetens fantasi och gör Alicia - den tysta patienten - ökänd. Theo Faber, rättsmedicinsk psykoterapeut, har väntat länge när han till sist får chansen att ta sig an fallet. Hans besatthet av Alicia - av att få henne att prata och få fram sanningen om det brutala mordet på hennes make, leder honom allt djupare in i hans eget psyke och hans egna motiv, tills det hotar att förgöra honom... ALEX MICHAELIDES är född på Cypern och numera bosatt i USA. Hans kriminaldebut Den tysta patienten [The Silent Patient] har fått explosiv uppmärksamhet och blivit 2019 års stora thriller-hype, med återkommande referenser till Paula Hawkins Kvinnan på tåget och A. J. Finns Kvinnan i fönstret. Boken har hyllats av kollegor och kritiker och är redan en stor försäljningssuccé i USA. Filmrättigheterna har köpts av Brad Pitts produktionsbolag. [Elib]… (mer)
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The Silent Patient (2019) by Alex Michaelides. I felt that I had read this book before, or saw it in a dream. As I turned the pages nothing of itself struck me, but the flow of the story seemed like a familiar river I was lazily drifting upon.
Alicia Berenson was a famous painter, made even more noted by shooting her fashion photographer husband five times, killing him. But it was her not uttering a word after the offense that caused the most notoriety. From her arrest on she was non-responsive. Her guilt was not in doubt but her situation demanded she be placed in The Grove Psychiatric Hospital near London.
Enter a young man, a psycho-therapist, who feels he must get into the hospital and become enmeshed in this stunning case. Not for the fame and glory, but for some other, deeper ‘must’ within him. This is actually his story that becomes wrapped around hers. We see his relationship with a young woman. We also view the painter’s life, and fears, with her husband. The therapist has secrets and fears himself, mostly concerning the fidelity of the woman he loves. Is she having an affair with someone in her acting group, or someone outside the group? Or is she faithful and it is within him that the infidelity lies?
Well written with secrets within secrets,this book still left me with a hollow feeling when I had finished with it. I have read too many stories in the last few years that, while the writer hasn’t technically cheated the reader, I still felt short changed in the end. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Nov 28, 2020 |
Alice murdered her husband, Gabe, and has not spoken a word since. Existing in psychiatric care, avoiding a prison sentenc on the grounds of diminished responsibility, Alice, and her motives, remain a mystery. Though once a sensationalist case, it has now been largely forgotten, and only psychotherapist Theo seems interested in unlocking Alice’s memory.

The premise is a strong one, and carries The Silent Patient far. There really is no way you could give up on the book without understanding Alice’s motivations. There are enough clues, given through Theo’s interactions with those individuals who used to be part of her life, Alice’s diary, and the deliberate clues she left behind in a painting, “Alcestics” (also the name of a Greek tragedy about a mute woman) that you as a reader are able to theorize, without putting everything together too early.

Alice, when you see things from her perspective, is a fantastic character, with a unique and plausible world-view. You really do feel the world differently when explored through her artistic sensitivities. Theo, conversely, is a bland character, who perceives a grey, featureless world almost exclusively in terms of rigid psychological analysis. This is, of course, deliberate (pertaining a great deal to the twists at the end of the novel), but there are certainly times when reading Theo feels like a chore.

Other supporting characters are well drawn, despite playing limited roles. Michaelides is economical and clever with her characterisation. These are nothing more the acquaintences, but you have a strong sense of their essences without being dependent on stereotype.

Michaelides gambles in The Silent Patient. The red herrings are small, and underdeveloped. There are no significant misleading lines of investigation for the reader to follow, so the success of The Silent Patient is almost entirely dependent on the success of the large twists at the end. And broadly, it’s succesful. It certainly achieves one moment of jaw-dropping realisation (or did, at least for me). However it would be possible given the evidence in the text to anticipate it

The Silent Patient is, broadly, a fun and flawed book, with an ending (on which it is entirely dependent) that worked for me. I wouldn’t, however, characterise it as a thriller. More a mystery with thriller aspects.

If this book was a quarterback, it would be:

Teddy Bridgewater – Somewhat pedestrian for long periods, interspersed with moments of greatness. Strong in the fourth quarter, but could be undone with strong anticipatory defense.

You should read this book if:

You enjoy unravelling a mystery with evidence provided by the format of the text, rather than the details provided therein for the first half, and if you enjoy a strong twist at the end.

You should avoid this book if:

You are expecting a psychological thriller. Characters psyches are, broadly, hidden from view until the end.

I want to see the author write:

Cosy mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie. ( )
  Francis_Chapman | Nov 14, 2020 |
So, I heard great things about this one from friends and family. It started out well, was wonderfully-paced, but somewhere along the way something went wrong for me. I really did not understand Theo's motives for treating Alicia. It seemed like a plot element rather than developing into something organic.

This book would make into a great movie, though. ( )
  PrasannaS | Nov 12, 2020 |
This book is very well written and I couldn't put it down. I had to get over the fact that a psychologist and a psychiatric hospital could NEVER be run the way that hospital was run. Once I got over that issue it was a great book. There were plot twists I never saw coming. ( )
  KamGeb | Nov 11, 2020 |
This is my book club's selection for November. It's a good story, and I can see why so many people have enjoyed it so enthusiastically. There are lots of red herrings and twists throughout the story, and I suspected pretty much everyone. It is quite compelling (the author is a screenwriter!) and I always had the itch to be reading it when I was not.

Alicia's husband Gabriel was brutally murdered, and she was presumed to be guilty. After the murder, Alicia never said another word. So obtaining her statement and testimony has proven impossible. Any type of therapy after the fact has also proven impossible because she doesn't really participate. But Theo, a psychotherapist, took a special interest in Alicia and was able to get a job at the institution where Alicia was admitted. The story unfolds through a combination of Alicia's diary entries and Theo's narration.

Like I said, I can see why people enjoyed this one so much, I really can. But sadly, it just never truly excited me like some of the other psychological thrillers I've read. There were several things that I didn't particularly like about it as I was reading-little details, bit plot points, and things that were done by some of the characters and accepted by those around him/her. Many of these things are related to Theo and the way Alicia's therapies were conducted. After I finished the book, I could see that the author might have put these things in the story on purpose. Or at least, I hope he did it on purpose. So I won't talk about them because spoilers are no fun. (I'm really excited to see if the other members of my book club agree with my thoughts or not!! We will be discussing the book online in a few days.)

I will also say that I figured this one out myself, and I very rarely am able to figure out who the bad guy is in these mystery thriller stories.

I don't want to spoil anyone else's reading experience so I'm going to stop here. I totally recommend others read this one if they're interested because it is definitely a page-turner, but it just feels weird to practically inhale the story and then feel so disconnect to it. ( )
  Asheley | Oct 31, 2020 |
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The Silent Patient is narrated by Theo Faber, a psychotherapist determined to discover why Alicia Berenson, a famous artist accused of murdering her husband, has refused to speak since her husband’s death. The therapeutic setting was inspired by Michaelides’s own experience. “Therapy is very important to me and has been a major part of my life,” he says.

Running through the novel is the Greek myth of Alcestis, and Euripides’s play of the same name. The Alcestis theme is perhaps one of the reasons that The Silent Patient is finding such traction both among early readers and the tranche of movie executives who fought to option it. With its story of female sacrifice and the silencing of a woman post-trauma, it feels highly relevant in a post #MeToo world. “It’s about silence as a weapon,” Michaelides says. “And it was very clear in my head when I was writing the book that Alicia was surrounded by these men who were imprisoning her. Like Alcestis, Alicia is trapped and she’s denied a voice. It’s a lifetime of being made to think that she wasn’t worthy, she wasn’t good enough, and maybe that’s something that a lot of women [readers] have been responding to.”

The novel has already been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, with Michaelides due to write the screenplay, a fitting circularity for a novelist who has spent the past 15 years working as a screenwriter.
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2019 års stora thriller-hype »Smart, sofistikerat berättande genomsyrat av genuin spänning.« Lee Child »Fullkomligt briljant!« Stephen Fry Alicia Berensons liv är till synes perfekt. Hon är en känd konstnär gift med en eftertraktad modefotograf. Tillsammans bor de i ett lyxhus med stora fönster och utsikt över en park i ett av Londons mest fashionabla områden. En kväll kommer Alicias make hem från en modefotografering - och Alicia avlossar fem skott i hans ansikte, för att därefter aldrig mer säga ett ord. Alicias vägran att prata eller komma med någon som helst form av förklaring förvandlar en våldsam familjetragedi till någonting mycket större: Ett mysterium som fångar allmänhetens fantasi och gör Alicia - den tysta patienten - ökänd. Theo Faber, rättsmedicinsk psykoterapeut, har väntat länge när han till sist får chansen att ta sig an fallet. Hans besatthet av Alicia - av att få henne att prata och få fram sanningen om det brutala mordet på hennes make, leder honom allt djupare in i hans eget psyke och hans egna motiv, tills det hotar att förgöra honom... ALEX MICHAELIDES är född på Cypern och numera bosatt i USA. Hans kriminaldebut Den tysta patienten [The Silent Patient] har fått explosiv uppmärksamhet och blivit 2019 års stora thriller-hype, med återkommande referenser till Paula Hawkins Kvinnan på tåget och A. J. Finns Kvinnan i fönstret. Boken har hyllats av kollegor och kritiker och är redan en stor försäljningssuccé i USA. Filmrättigheterna har köpts av Brad Pitts produktionsbolag. [Elib]

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